Energy Bar

When you look at all the energy bars in the packages at the grocery store they have a novel on the back to let you know what the ingredients are. Most of them are numerous and fancy ways to say SUGAR. And processed sugar at that.

Dates, on the other hand, are naturally sweet and are packed with vital minerals and vitamins. They are easily digested and your body can make full use of the nutrients provided within this little fruit. According to Dr. Mercola:

“Dietary fiber in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption by binding with substances containing cancer-causing chemicals. The iron content, a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. B-vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration.

Want more? They contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Tannins, which are flavonoids as well as polyphenolic antioxidants, fight infection and inflammation and help prevent excessive bleeding (anti-hemorrhagic). Vitamin K is a blood coagulant that also helps metabolize your bones.

Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin are also present in dates and provide their own unique preventive and healing functions.

Together, these cofactors help your body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Eating dates in moderation can contribute to many health benefits, such as protecting against damage to cells from free radicals, helping preventing a stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.”

That’s pretty amazing for a little tasty snack, right? 🙂

8-10 pitted dates

1/2 cup cashews

handful of chocolate chips or cacao nibs (I use Enjoy Life brand when using chocolate chips because they are dairy/soy/nut free)**

  1. In a food processor add the dates and cashews and blend until a sticky dough forms.
  2. Put dough into a bowl and work in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press out the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut bars with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Place each bar on a piece of wax paper because they are slightly sticky.
  4. I store mine in the fridge to help them hold their shape better.

** Chocolate chips are optional, as they are plenty sweet without them.

** Optional add-in ideas: coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, chia seeds

** You could easily substitute the cashews for either almonds or peanut

 

Itch Stick

Summer = bugs. Bugs=bites. Bites=itch.

I love this essential oil roll-on that uses all natural ingredients, works better than any other method I have used to get rid of the itch, and smells great, too!

 

10 drops Purification

10 drops Lavender

6 drops Peppermint

Grapeseed oil

  1. In a roller bottle put in your drops of oils then fill the rest of the way with grapeseed oil (almond oil or fractionated coconut oil would work fine as well).

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Calming Blend

As I discussed in my post about the vagus nerveit is really crucial we keep our body in balance emotionally. When that falls out of place, and we get overstimulated by our emotions, there is a cascade of affects within our body. Let’s face it, we can’t all be zen-like all the time. We can, however, help our body get back into balance. Some of those ways include meditation, deep breathing and of course essential oils.

Stress Away is a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea and lavendar.

Peace & Calming II is a blend of tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, Northern Lights black spruce, vetiver, german chamomille, davana, cassia bergamot, and cinnamon.

I love diffusing this:

Mealtime – our body cannot digest and assimilate nutrients from our food efficiently when we are stressed and agitated.

School/homework – apply this to your kids wrists and neck before sending them to school and diffuse this at the homework work station at home.

Bedtime – to promote a more restful sleep especially after a long, hard, stressful, overstimulating day.

 

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Raw Tomato Sauce

No need for the stove on this one! Just some tomatoes, garlic, basil and sea salt.

This is great served over spaghetti squash or even zucchini noodles.

Served along side some garlic breadsticks and you have yourself a savory, hearty meal.

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3 cups sundried tomatoes

4-5 roma tomatoes

large bunch of basil

5 cloves of garlic

Himalayan sea salt, to taste

  1. Put everything except the sun dried tomatoes into a food processor and blend and mixed. Add in the sundried tomatoes 1 cup at a time and sauce thickens.

That’s it!

Gluten Free Vanilla Puff Cereal

It probably comes as no surprise that I am not a fan of chemicals in my food. That is why I make nearly everything homemade. Cereal was a little tougher for me to figure out. It’s SO convenient, plus it can serve as a meal or a snack. So for a while I just went for the uber expensive organic non-GMO cereals and rationed out the portions.

I didn’t want to spend that much money for ONE box of cereal that barely lasted us a week anymore. I’ve made granola-type cereal before and it goes over well. But it would usually be used as a topping on coconut milk yogurt or home made ice cream. Never in a bowl with milk. So the boxes continued to get purchased.

Why would I succumb to the high-priced cereal? Because cereal is one of the worst culprits when it comes to chemical-laden foods. The wheat and/or corn flours most companies used are sprayed with glyphosate. It can also contain chemicals that are also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid, not to mention all the additives used to preserve and artificially flavor the “food” inside. No thank you!

I can NOT put that in my OR my children’s body. I just could NOT.

The granola cereals I’ve made are usually quicker to make than this one, but it is worth the time so you can make sure you and your family are eating quality ingredients that do good, not harm.

Of course the smaller you make your pieces the longer it’ll take….but the more you will get. It’s a trade off.

Making the dough takes about 5 minutes. Pinching/rolling the balls takes about 10 minutes. Still not a long time and well worth it.

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  • 1  cup almond flour
  • 1.5 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (you could also use honey)
  • 2 tbs coconut milk yogurt
  • 2 tbsp almond or cashew milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until it all comes together.
  2. Pinch pieces off and roll into balls a little smaller than a grape (although size is a personal preference. Bigger means less cereal, smaller means more time).
  3. Lay all balls out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 16 minutes.

*You can also make Peanut Butter Puffs by adding in 2 tbsp of peanut butter (or almond or cashew butter!) to the food processor.

Hand Sanitizer

There has been an overkill of anti-bacterial products available on the market. Sure we want to avoid an overgrowth of the bad bacteria, but we have good bacteria in and on our body. When we use product after product containing anti-bacterial agents we are not only killing off the bad bacteria, we are killing off the good bacteria, too. And we need those good bacteria to lead healthy lives! We have more bacteria in our body than we do cells!! For our body to function properly, we need to make sure we are keeping the good while getting rid of the bad. How do we do that? Oils, of course!

This hand sanitizer is something you’ll want to keep on hand for those moments you can’t get to a sink and wash your hands with soap (regular soap, not anti-bacterial soap) and water. It will kill germs and leave your hands smelling great and feeling smooth. Not sticky like the commercial hand sanitizers do. I always have a bottle of this in my purse.

To make it:

2 oz bottle

8 drops Thieves

3 drops Peppermint

  1. Fill the bottle 2/3 the way with aloe and the essential oils and swirl to combine.
  2. Fill remaining bottle with distilled water. Place cap on and shake well.

Gluten Free Zucchini Oat Muffins

When you get zucchini from your next door neighbor’s garden, you don’t squander the opportunity to use them in any and all ways possible. My kids love my zucchini bread, so they challenged me to make a breakfast item with the one last zucchini I had left over from the loot.

Challenge accepted!

Because it is high in potassium, beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, and high in fiber, zucchini offers many benefits including reducing blood pressure, aiding in weight loss, improving eye health, strengthening teeth and bones and lowering cholesterol.

The best part is, it adds moisture and sweetness to whatever you are baking with those great health benefits.

  • 1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water mixed)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1/3 cup melted vegan butter (I use earth balance) or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups grated fresh zucchini
  • 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (uncooked)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin. I use coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
  3. Add in the chia eggs, syrup (or honey), milk, butter (or coconut oil), and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Then add in the grated zucchini and oats.
  5. Divide evenly among 12 muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes then serve warm.

Homework Helper

Back to school means back to homework. But before the kids come home with homework they have to sit for hours in the classroom absorbing a lot of information. That is a lot of sitting still and having to focus and concentrate for a young body.

Fortunately there are ways to naturally enhance a body’s ability towards better concentration and focus.

Smell is one of the strongest senses we have. When you smell something it goes directly into the limbic system and into the brain. Unfortunately there are too many toxic odors and that creates a toxic overload which leads to brain dysfunction.

There is a way to “clean” those cell receptors and improve memory and cognition!

I’ll name a few:

Cypress – helps to prevent loss of focus due to external actions – think loud or disruptive classroom or trying to get homework done at home with a younger sibling running around.

Eucalyptus – has an effect on the body’s control system helping you to pay attention longer.

Peppermint – can increase attention span.

Those 3 would be a great combination to diffuse during homework time.

To help a body’s ability to produce glutathione (the antioxidant “cleaner” – to “clean” the toxins from cells), make a roller bottle with the following oils and apply to the feet before sending the kids off to school:

Rosemary

Lavender

Orange

Bergamot

An oil instrumental in balancing emotional and mental health and increasing focus and attention is frankincense. Frankincense is one of my personal favorites.

Vetiver can be applied to the spine to increase calmness in the brain/nervous system.

Young Living also has a Kids Scents blend called Geneyus which contains a few of the above mentioned oils.

Remember, every body is chemically different so what works for one person might not have the same effect on another. Play around with all those oils and find what works best for you and/or your child.

Laundry Detergent

The amount of chemicals in laundry detergents will blow your mind. They get into our body via contact with your skin and through inhalation. These effects range from throat irritation to carcinogenic. You could certainly purchase all-natural detergents but they come at a higher price. Worth it, in my book, because the cost of managing detrimental diseases is far worse.

I have a more economical version of laundry detergent for you, though! It takes 5 minutes to make and only 3 ingredients. Baking soda, borax, and a bar of castile soap. That’s it!

I personally prefer my clothes to smell like nothing. But if you like to add a little scent you could easily add some drops of Young Living Essential Oils. Joy or Citrus Fresh are great ideas!

I do, however, like to add drops of Purification into the load if I have a particularly smelly load, such as sweaty workout clothes or musty towels. If you have a bed-wetter, Purification essential oil is perfect for adding to the load to purify the sheets and blankets.

To make the detergent:

1 2lb box of baking soda

1/2 a 4lb box of borax

1 bar of fragrance free castile soap

  1. Add the baking soda and borax to a large glass jar.
  2. Grate the bar of soap into the baking soda/borax mixture using a cheese grater.
  3. Stir everything and mix well.

Use 1tbsp for normal size loads. Up to 2 tbsp for oversized loads.

** Here is another tip for you…when taking bedding off the beds for washing day, fill a pint sized mason jar with baking soda and add 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of purification. Put the lid on tight and give it a shake to mix it all up. Sprinkle mixture all over the mattress and let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it off before remaking the bed. It’s the best way to clean your mattress!