Sweet Beet Juice

I LOVE LOVE LOVE beet juice! This one is my FAVORITE juice.

Beets have been shown to lower blood pressure, boost stamina, fight inflammation, aid in detoxifying the blood, and are loaded with valuable nutrients and fiber. And don’t discard those beet greens! They are just as good as the beet! Throw it in your juicer with everything else. In addition to containing protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Beets are a root vegetable so they have a distinct flavor. My kids say, “beets taste like dirt!” That is true, in a sense. They have a very earthy taste. Which is probably why I love them so much! Is it possible for something that tastes “like dirt” to also be so sweet?? Beets sure do answer that question. YES!!

To counter the earthy flavor of the beets (and other root vegetables, like carrots!) I like to add an orange.

1 medium or half a large beet + beet greens

1 navel orange

2 medium carrots

  1. Juice all in a juicer and serve over ice.

 

Green Apple Juice

The easiest way for me to get my kids to eat their greens is for me to juice them so they can DRINK their greens instead. I wish I had kids who loved salad, but unfortunately I don’t. At least not yet! We’re working on that!

I like to make this juice mid- morning. You know, the time between breakfast and lunch when it’s far enough away from breakfast to start to feel kinda hungry but it’s way too early to make lunch. It tastes exactly like apple juice, not “green” at all so they suck it down fast! It’s one of my favorite sweet green juices.

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of kale

2 golden delicious apples

!. Run all veggies and fruit through a juicer. Pour in a glass with ice and enjoy!

Cappellini Pomodoro

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1 pound of gluten free pasta – brown rice pasta is one of my favorites

1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

1 cup fresh basil chopped (I use my herb scissors to cut into the dish)

fresh ground black pepper

  1. Cook your spaghetti in a pot of salted water until done.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add tomatoes. Cook until soft (about 15 minutes). Add garlic and salt and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Remove tomatoes and garlic from heat. Mix in the pasta and basil. Add in black pepper to taste.

Salsa

You won’t want store-bought salsa again after you try this recipe for homemade salsa. It takes 10 minutes…that’s it!

The beauty of it is you can adjust the ingredients to your own taste. I tend to go heavier on the garlic and cumin. But if you love a lot of cilantro, go for it! You can make it spicy by adding jalapenos. My kids won’t eat it if it is spicy so I tend to leave them out. It is great served with chips or over tacos.

8-10 roma tomatoes, diced (or you could use 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained)

1/2 small onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

small handful of cilantro

juice of 1 lime

  1. Put everything into a blender or food processor and and pulse to combine for about 20-30 seconds. It really will depend on how thick or thin you like your salsa. (Another great reason to make it yourself, you can customize it to your liking.)

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Cashew Butter

This is just as easy as the almond butter and a bit quicker, too, because I don’t roast these first. I seem to have an easier time getting the cashews to cream pretty quickly so I have never bothered with baking them.

And you guessed it. ONE ingredient: cashews. Again, like with the almond butter, you could add some Himalayan sea salt if you want.

The process takes a few minutes but it’ll be worth the wait!

  1. Put 1 pound of cashews (and 1/2 tsp salt if desired) in food processor and process on high speed until creamy, stopping every so often to scrape down the edges.

Almond Butter

I love any kind of nut or seed butter. That habit (obsession) can get quite expensive!

You can get almonds at a much more reasonable price in the bulk bin section of your local co-op or natural food store and just make your own.

Here is your ingredient list: almonds.

Yep, that’s it! Now you could add some Himalayan sea salt if you’d like. Which usually I do, but it really isn’t necessary.

It takes a few minutes, but be patient, I swear it is worth it.

  1. Put 1 pound of almonds on a baking sheet at bake at 250 for 15 minutes. Warming them up with help them release their oils better.
  2. Place baked almonds (and salt if desired) in a food processor and set it to high speed. It’ll turn to dust/flour first. Then get clumpy. Keep going. It’ll cream up, I promise. You might need to stop it every 2 minutes to scrape down the sides, but otherwise keep going until it is at the desired consistency you’d like.

Vegan Double Chocolate Donuts

What is there to say?! You can see the picture. Good morning, chocolate!

The level of sweetness in this donut will depend on how many chocolate chips you add in. Of course, cocoa powder isn’t exactly sweet, it’s more bitter than sweet. And even though there is a little added sugar in this recipe, it doesn’t take the sweetness over the top. Which in my book is a-ok.

Using cacao powder vs cocoa powder is even better! Cocoa powder is raw cacao powder but roasted at high temperatures which reduces the enzyme content and it loses some nutritional value. The taste is pretty similar so why not add the nutrition and antioxidant power of cacao?!

3/4 cup brown rice flour

1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-4 tbsp chocolate cashew or almond milk

1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips, melted

handful of dairy free chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease donut pan with coconut oil. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa/cacao powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. In another bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, vanilla and melted chocolate.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add a splash of chocolate milk if batter is too dry.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon the batter into the donut pan.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Salt Scrub

I love the way my skin feels smooth, nourished and hydrated after a good salt scrub. I choose grapefruit and clove essential oils because they are known to smooth skin and dissolve fat deposits. And it sure doesn’t hurt that they smell really good together.

My go-to for my kids is lavender. I scrub them up with the lavender salt scrub in a shower before bed and it’s really calming to their system. And who doesn’t love calm and relaxed kids right before bed?!

The benefits of exfoliating with a salt scrub are pretty remarkable for your skin. The grains of the salt will slough off the dead skin cells which will increase circulation and promote regeneration of new and healthy skin cells. The dead skin cells make your skin look dry and flaky.  Since salt has antiseptic qualities, when applied to the skin it may help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation along with any itching or pain associated with bacterial-related skin issues.

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  1. Mix 1/4 cup coconut oil and 3/4 cup sea salt. You can get sea salt pretty inexpensively in the bulk section of your local natural health food store.
  2. Add 5-7 drops each of the essential oils and stir until mixed well. Store in a mason jar. Scrub your body with this in the shower then rinse off and pat dry. I usually don’t even need lotion after using this.

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Toothpaste

Since there are a lot of unhealthy ingredients in conventional toothpaste I have a hard time wanting to put that in my mouth. Think about it, if it comes with a warning label to NOT swallow any and if kids do then to call poison control right away, shouldn’t that give us pause?? And I figure just because I am not swallowing it doesn’t mean that my body isn’t still absorbing it in small quantities anyway just by having it in my mouth.

So I make my own! And as usual, this one is quick and easy! I have made toothpaste with spearmint essential oil and it tastes really good. I choose orange essential oil most times because of its known benefit to brighten your smile.  Thieves is another great one to use to fight off those germs in your mouth, especially when you are sick. You could even make this toothpaste with no essential oils at all if you wanted. But I like to add a little flavor and a little purpose.

Coconut oil is shown to have numerous health benefits. Too many to list here! But a few reasons it is a go-to oil in my house (and for my mouth!) is because it contains NO toxic chemicals that you’ll find in virtually all conventional toothpaste. Recent studies has demonstrated it’s abilities to kill cavity-causing organisms. And best of all it is inexpensive!

You can use coconut oil by itself as a tooth paste or you can also combine it with baking soda. Baking soda is a great alkalizer and it helps to neutralize acids in the mouth.

I love these little tins I found to hold the toothpaste. I know you are probably used to squeezing your toothpaste out of a tube but these shallow tins do the trick. Just use a clean finger to take a little off the top and put on your wet toothbrush. I don’t like dipping my toothbrush in it because I don’t want to introduce germs into the tin full of toothpaste.

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  1. In a small bowl whip equal amounts of baking soda and coconut oil until smooth. For the size tins I have I used 1/4 cup of each. The amount you use will depend on how much you want to make at once and the size of the container you store it in.
  2. After the baking soda and coconut oil are mixed up, add 5-7 drops of the essential oil you choose to use. Like I said, top picks for me are spearmint and/or orange. If I need to use thieves I will drop one drop on top of my brush with already mixed toothpaste. Clove is another great option for oral health.

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