Saturday, October 25, 2014

Treat or Trick? It's Fall Party Time at School

I am feeling rebellious. Maybe because I listened to an interview with Food Babe...who is just awesome at making a difference. Maybe because the FDA is bullying essential oil companies and nut companies and anyone else who might have a great idea as to how to combat an illness naturally.

Or maybe it was the email I received from the homeroom mom of my daughter's class yesterday. First I laughed, then I cried, then I thought I could not stay silent.

Here is the letter:

Good Morning Parents!
 
Hope everyone is having a great start to your October. I wanted to go ahead and start getting the Fall Party together so it’s not rushed as it gets closer. Please reply all and let me know what you’d like to bring/send with your student.
 
The party will be at 2:30 and all are welcome to come enjoy the festivities. The students will be ending Red Ribbon Week and I believe dressing as their favorite Hero for the day! Should be fun!!
 
Here’s what we need for 24 Students (12 boys and 12 girls):
 
Chips/crackers/pretzels
Sweets
Drinks (juice boxes, Capri Suns, etc. style of drinks)
Veggies
Fruit
Goodie bags
Plates
Napkins
 
I thought the main thing could be pizza for the kiddos. If you would like to help with the pizza that would be great too! I will get it from All American or Thunder City. I personally don’t have any experience with Thunder City, but if you do, give me your opinions please!
 
**PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL FOOD IS NUT FREE** Please check the labels before buying to make sure the item doesn’t say processed with nuts, those are BAD!!!
 
If there is an item you’d like to bring that isn’t listed just let me know!
 
Did anyone else get a similar note? Wanna know how I responded? Well, I will show you anyway:
 
Ha ha ha! Items processed with nuts are bad...but pizza is good? That struck me as funny. I know I am a kill joy, but that is soooo much junk food for a day when candy will abound! Can't cheese, crackers and grapes be enough when the kids have just had lunch? Fall party seems to have become gluttony and it mostly gets wasted. I appreciate trying to make it fun, but every year cringe at the "party." Sorry, just my two cents.
Janine Thompson

I didn't hear anything back from the homeroom mom. Go figure. Maybe I should send out a new list to the parents and see if any of them volunteer:




Good Morning Parents!
 
Hope everyone is having a great start to your October....blah, blah, blah...
 
Here’s what we need for 24 Students (12 boys and 12 girls):
 
Chips: Inflammation causing rancid vegetable oil loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids, genetically modified corn or toxin covered potatoes, salt.  
 
Crackers: Genetically modified or "enriched" wheat flour, omega six fatty acids, pretty much the same ingredients as the chips...but baked, not fried.
 
Pretzels: More of the same ingredients...but hey, they are fat free!
 
Juice boxes: 10% juice...maybe, high fructose corn syrup and focus depleting, allergy causing food dyes.
 
Veggies
 
Fruit
 
Sweets (Lets do donuts, because that was what we had last year, and cupcakes with black icing, because  it will be so cute for Halloween we also had those last year... Remember the crazy mom who scraped all the frosting off her kids cupcake before he could eat it...)
 
Donuts: "Enriched" flour, sugar, swimming in inflammation producing omega 6 fatty acids...
 
Cupcakes: "Enriched flour, sugar, more sugar, even more sugar, trans fats from shortening, more sugar, and every possible artificial color in the lab to make the frosting black. Tastes like a penny.
 
Plates
Napkins
Barf bags
 
So far, looks like a wonderful "treat" for any kid.
 
Oh, but let's not stop there. We have already provided a "starter" course for the kids which will compromise their immune systems, feed candida, increase glucose to a startling height, affect ability to focus, turn them into raving lunatics, and give them a tummy ache. But let's not stop there! Even though they ate a super duper nutritious school lunch, also filled with genetically modified corn and soy, and pasteurized lowfat milk, just two hours ago, let' s also feed them pizza!
More omega sixes, MSG (a proven neurotoxin), genetically modified soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, more sugar, and more "enriched" wheat flour.
 
There is a nut allergy in our class, so no food can be processed in a plant with nuts.  As for the rest of the class, to heck with them. Let's sugar them up and feed them known neurotoxins! What a great start to the  holiday season!
 
I wonder if anyone would sign up to bring the cupcakes?


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gluten Free Blueberry Breakfast Bars

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I have a son who will wake up every day this school year at 5:30 so he can do early morning seminary (religious studies class) and then be to school by 7 am for marching band. So, when is he going to fit breakfast in? Pumpkin muffins, smoothies, breakfast cookies and these awesome breakfast bars come to the rescue! They are equally awesome with almond flour or whole wheat depending on what your tummy or budget can tolerate. I have added some extra ingredients for added nutrition, but many of these are optional.

Makeover your "Nutrigrain" bars with these Breakfast Bars:



1 1/2 cups organic oats
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup rapadura (or brown sugar)
1 1/2 sticks melted butter

Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the butter. Mix to combine and press half the mix in the bottom of am 8x8 bar pan...unless you lost yours, like me, then a round cake pan works great.



Filling:
1 cup blueberries (love it with raspberries too)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 scoop purple or red fruits/veggies from Blendfresh (optional)
1 scoop fiber powder from Blendfresh (optional...but the chia is an awesome natural thickener)
4 T real maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Heat the blueberries until the juices come out. Then mash with a fruit masher. Add the applesauce, syrup and vanilla. Then add the Blendfresh options if you have those. A little arrowroot powder or cornstarch will also thicken it nicely.

Pour the filling on the bottom layer of the crust. Then top with the remaining crumble. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min until browned.


Allow to cool completely before cutting. Store individually wrapped for on the go bars or serve up hot with ice cream...well maybe not for breakfast...unless no one is looking.

The Blendfresh products are optional, but add so much nutrition including fiber and phyto-nutrients from 12 different fruits and  All of it is GMO free and gluten free. To learn more about it, you can check out Blendfresh here.

Did I mention that since my son is 15 I also get to get up early every day this school year to drive him? I knew this day would be coming...but oh, Heaven help me!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Essential Oils for Different Skin Types

Some of the best things we can put on our skin to leave it beautiful, vibrant and clear are found right in the kitchen! Time to get a little food on your face! Just remember to wash it off before you head out for the day!
 

But first, everything is better with essential oils and they are wonderful for the skin! You can choose the oil that is best for you based upon the type of skin you have.



For oily skin:
  • frankincense
  • bergamot
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • orange
  • rosemary
  • melaleuca
For dry skin:
  • cedarwood
  • clary sage
  • geranium
  • lavender
  • myrrh
  • sandalwood
For acne:
  • lavender
  • melaleuca
  • rosewood
  • black cumin seed

And of course whatever your mood, choose and oil that speaks to you. Now for the fun part:

Inexpensive oil wash:

Oil dissolves oil! I love washing my face with olive oil and essential oils. A teaspoon or so will do you. Then add a drop of two of the right oil for your skin needs. Is it dry? Add geranium and myrrh. Oily? Add lemon or frankincense. Lavender is awesome for the skin as it addresses oily, dry and acne prone skin. I To wash, get a hot washcloth and set on face to open up pores. Then rub oil on skin. Rub gently in circles to remove makeup and grease. Use hot cloth
to remove all the oil. No moisturizer needed.
(Image courtesy of m_bartosh at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Sticky Icky Honey Wash:

Raw honey is awesome stuff! It is Anti-bacterial, helps with allergies, and clears acne! It is slightly drying and deeply moisturizing. Rinse you face well with warm water. Add a little honey to your wet, warm palm and rub it on your face. Have you tried this? Do you like it?  I find it sticky and uncomfortable and nerve wracking as I worry about it getting in my hair. I prefer the oil cleansing method, but to each his own!
 (Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


Exfoliate:

1 cup ground oats
1/2 cup ground almonds (or almond flour)
5 drops essential oils (choose the best oil for your skin type)

Put all in a container with lid an shake it up. To use, take a T of mix and add a few drops of water and a drop of essential oils to make a paste. Rub on skin to get rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenate. Or add some water and orange oil and have a little breakfast!
(Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

My favorite moisturizer: 

1/4 cup coconut oil
5 drops wild orange oil

Use 1/4 tsp to moisturize and uplift. This also makes a great lip gloss that make you extra kissable. Seriously, try and keep the hubby (or wife) off of you!

*Warning: For those with photosensitivity, do no use and then go out in the sunlight. Although I forgot and walked all over DC and had no issues whatsoever.
(Image courtesy of Phasinphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


Face Mask:


Tighten your skin with egg whites! Separate the yolks and put them aside for this awesome chocolate milk, then whip up the whites until frothy, then add 2 drops of essential oils for your skin type or mood. Cover you face with the protein rich goodness and allow to harden for 15 min. This will tone and tighten you face. Finally, rinse with warm water and feel younger.

**Note, this face mask is quite controversial. I giggle reading the comments from people who love it and those who distain animal proteins. So, try it if you like. Don't if you are nervous. I drink my eggs raw too...I am just an adrenaline seeker...what can I say? (Image courtesy of artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Cellulite reducer:




One 12 oz bottle of Coconut oil
1 15 ml bottle of grapefruit oil

Put both in a spray bottle. Spritz liberally on body after shower, focusing on problem areas. Rub it in. On a side note, grapefruit oil is an appetite reducer and stops sugar cravings in their tracks, so go ahead, be liberal with this oil!
(Image courtesy of Suat Eman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)




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Monday, September 8, 2014

Roller Bottle Make and Take

Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

****The Sept 30th Class location has changed! It will be held at my home.
 
 
Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Retail Cost breakdown: (For 5 ml! Double the price for a full 10 ml bottle)
You can select the ones you want or buy the whole kit!

5 ml bottles:
Allergy Bomb: $4
Aching Muscles: $8.50
Belly Blend: $7
Bruise Blend: $8.50
Cough Blend: $8
Flu Bomb: $7.00
Focus Blend: $5.50
Owie Blend: $5
Sleepy Time: $12
Stuffy Nose: $5
Hand Sanitizer: $3.50

Total kit price for 5 ml: $74



Eventbrite - Natural Remedies Class

Here is a wonderful clutch to hold them in. You can purchase these online.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cinnamon Popcorn

Do you use your essential oils in cooking? Not all brands are appropriate for that, but I love how I can use doTERRA as a healthy alternative to synthetic food flavorings and extracts. Many of the oils add an extra level of sweetness without adding sugar. The amount used varies by taste. For really potent oils like oregano, basil, and black pepper, a tooth pick dipped in the oil and swirled into the pot is sufficient. For other recipes, I have found that 2-3 drops replace 1 tsp of extract. But play around with it drop by drop. Ready for a sweet and salty treat without adding any actual sweetener to the pot? Then you gotta try this popcorn flavored with all my favorite oils. Butter, coconut oil and amazing healthy doTERRA cinnamon...which tastes like a nice hot tamale, minus the HFCS and steroid filled gelatin! It takes no special equipment, but can easily be made in a popcorn popper too. 
 
 


2 T coconut oil (divided)
1/3 cup organic popping corn
2 T butter
3-4 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil
Sea Salt to taste.

1.  Heat 1 T coconut oil in a large pot with tight fitting lid.
2.  Add the popcorn
Once it starts popping, lightly shake the pot back and forth on the burner. Once the popping slows, take it off the heat. Remove the lid immediately. Melt the butter, mix with the coconut oil and drop in the oils. Pour over the hot popcorn, sprinkle with salt, replace the lid and shake until it is evenly distributed.

If using an air popper, mix the coconut oil with the butter and cinnamon oil and pour over the popped corn. For other treats made with essential oils, check out these recipes:

Orange Creamsicles



Smoothies



Chocoilates



Flourless Orange Chocolate Cake



Cranberry Orange Oatmeal



Key Lime Pie



Avocado Pesto



Lemonies




Go ahead and give them a try. If you need to purchase these wonderfully versatile oils, you can do that here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Grain Free Spaghetti

Have you seen one of these before?
Can you guess what it is used for?
Clue number one: It is recommended for use in the kitchen, but it is so easy, you can use it anyplace.
Clue number two: it is really sharp inside, so fingers should be cautious.
Clue number three: it is not a pencil sharpener, but you would never know that by looking at the end result.
Clue number four, it helps to make a really fun dinner.
Clue number five...oh to heck with the clues...


 It is the most exciting thing since the Chia Pet..I think. I can take zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes or even a nice sized log if I wanted (oh, so that is where whole wheat pasta comes from :) and make it into spaghetti! Cool, yes?

I do not have anything against regular spaghetti. But I am always looking for a way to add more veggies to my diet in a way that doesn't make me want to amputate my tongue. Which would happen by the way if you were to put your tongue inside the Veggeti, so don't, kay?

Making "pasta" is so fast. Scrub you squash, then insert into the wide funnel and twist the vegetable. The long strings come out. Make as much as you want. It takes at least a whole medium squash to make a meal. Then steam it in some water for 2-3 minutes. Top with your favorite sauce or sprinkle with parmesean.

This is my favorite recipe:
1 yellow and 1 green zucchini
1 T butter
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce (there is a new jar sauce at Walmart that is 100% organic and $1.88 a jar!)

Make your Veggeti magic, and lightly steam the squash, drain. Then add the butter and garlic to a fry pan and toss in the cooked "noodles." Fry it up until there is garlic goodness on every strand. Then eat. I prefer this to spaghetti squash. As in, I will probably never buy spaghetti squash again because it kinda makes me gag. Serve this up with a salad and you have a full plate of veggies that vegetarians go nuts over and us carbivores omnivores eat because we know we should.

Have you tried veggeti? If not you can get it here (affiliate link).

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Introducing Blendfresh!

I have a new love at my house. Blendfresh is raw, clean, Non-GMO, and full of flavor and nutrition! Buying organic can get very costly. I don't have a problem with that as much as I do with my forgetting it on the counter or back of the fridge. Remember that organic spinach I got for $6.95 at whole foods? Oh yea, it is a stinking sticky black goo...Our chickens eat well! I know I am not the only one in the world who buys fruit and vegetables because I know they are good for me, but when it comes time to prepare them...well, I will reach for, um, anything else! Blendfresh has solved the problem solved here folks! I can not wait to share all the recipes I come up with hiding raw, dehydrated diverse fruits and veggies inside. My whole body is waiting with anticipation for the added nutrition. Launched on July 12 and ready to ship is a brand new product, backed by Blendtec, the most awesome blender ever. Time to whip up a smoothie!


One Tablespoon of raw veggie powder is equal to 1/2 cup serving of 12 fruits and veggies. Ones I would never think to purchase, and least of all know how to use, I consume on a regular basis. This has been a huge money saver for me. There are so many best things about this fruit and veggie powder but the big sale for me...there are no added ingredients. No -oxides or "natural flavor" or color or anything! What you see on the bottle is what is in the bottle!

All blends are:

Clean: 100% natural, unprocessed, GMO, and pesticide free (Overall organic product certification is being pursued.)
Rich: 100% nutrient-dense whole foods
Raw: Prepared at low temperatures to keep active nutrients alive
Diverse: Nutrients from multiple sources from every color group
Centsible: Substantial savings in every bottle

Can't wait to share more with you about this awesome product! For more information, please visit my website.

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