Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Smoothie Knock Off: PB Chocolate Love

With our Blendfresh fresh dried fruits and veggies, we have taken on the king of smoothies in our area.  Made at home, we can regulate the sugar intake and adjust to our liking, plus save a bundle of cash.

Jamba Juice PB Chocolate Love Recipe:
Natural Peanut Butter
Chocolate
Milk
Bananas
Quaker Whole Grans Boost

Make it over and add some greens too!



Daddy used to always try to convince me that chocolate is a vegetable! After all, it grows! Well, I count two servings of fruits and veggies every time I drink this wonderful "dessert" for breakfast.

2 cups milk of choice
2 scoops blendfresh green veggies (affiliate link)
1 large ripe banana (or two small)
2-3 drops of liquid stevia
2 scoops chocolate protein powder of choice ( I love doTERRA chocolate trim shake)
1 tsp of cocoa powder (optional, but I like a little more chocolate)
(Note: if you do not have a protein powder you like or trust, use a raw backyard egg add 1 full T of cocoa powder and a little more stevia to sweeten to taste)
2 T peanut butter
1 big cup of crushed ice

Try it out and let me know how you like it. Want to try Blendfresh for free? Send an email for a free sample to rockythompson123@gmail.com. Include your name, address, phone number and we will send it off to you.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Aroma Touch Hand Technique

According to Dr.David Hill, Chief medical advisor at doTERRA International, there are 4 main factors that cause us to be physically unbalanced. They include
  • Stress
  • Toxic Insult
  • Inflammation
  • Autonomic imbalance
There are many things we can do nutritionally to offset these factors including eating real food. We also have 100% control of what we choose to use for lotion, shampoo, and other cosmetics. But even when eating clean 100% of the time and avoiding toxins, we still live in a toxic environment and will deal with stress, toxic insult, inflammation and imbalance on a regular basis. The better equipped we are with a healthy diet, consistent sleep patterns, and quality supplementation, the better able is our body to maintain homeostasis.

One way to do this is through use of the Aroma Touch Technique. It is always a honor to perform this aromatic, healing and cleansing massage. The relief we feel physically and emotionally as a result is always amazing. My kids beg for a turn. It is heart warming, when they are sick, to ask not for medicine, but for an Aroma Touch massage.

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There is amazing power in touch alone. We need and crave it, but in a society that is all about my space vs. your space, we get appropriate, healing touch far too little. It is not always feasible to do the entire sequence, so I love that we can do a simple version on the hand. Each reflexology point is touched in this simple, beautiful massage.



Much good is being done in the world with it as well. There is a group of women in Georgia who massage frankincense into the hands of Alzheimer's patients at care centers. This has sparked interest in other groups around the country and the healer's touch is being felt far and wide.

I like to do it for my children in church meetings or other quiet places when they are feeling restless, upset, or sleepy. They never turn that opportunity down.

I had a precious experience massaging Breathe oil into the hand of an elderly woman who has severe asthma and can rarely leave her home. It was so touching to share this with her and her husband couldn't have been more gracious about my coming.

I have taught this technique to cosmetology students and estheticians. Would you go back for a manicure again and again if you got an aromatic, healing massage every time? I think so!!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sausage and Peppers

Do you ever have an evening where dinner is the last thing you thought of? The old me would send for a pizza or burgers. But knowing that going hungry would be better for us than filling our bodies full of garbage, I try sometimes to think outside the pizza parlor! Such was the situation tonight. I had a bunch of produce needing to be used and some Italian sausage in the fridge getting close to being no longer edible. This is the dish I came up with and it was a hit!!

 


Italian Sausage and peppers

1 pound ground Italian sweet sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
2 cups chopped butternut squash
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup Italian cheese blend
8 large lettuce leaves

Brown the sausage, then add the veggies and stir fry until tender.

 
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and cheese and stir.


Allow to cool a bit before spooning into large lettuce leaves for "sandwiches"


The results were FANTASTIC! Everyone in the house cleaned their plates. Best of all, no run to the pizza shop required!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Blendfresh Smoothie Experience

I am just loving my Blendfresh fresh dried fruits and veggies, a sister company to Blentec blenders.  Making smoothies of all colors and textures is so fun and the easiest breakfast, snack or even on the go dinner every. I love that I can get a rainbow of colors of pesticide free, non-gmo fruits and vegetables that I never before have purchased, let alone tried. And they will not rot on the counter or the back of the fridge!

Blendfresh makes only has four different powders. My favorites are the red fruits and veggies and the greens. You can add any of them to any smoothie to make it "boosted" from home.



Get a load of these ingredients:

Green: Peas, Organic Apples, Organic Apple Juice, Kiwi, Broccoli, Spinach Leaf and Stem Juice, Kale, Green Cabbage, Organic Arcerola Juice, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Lime Juice, Collard Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Chard.

Purple: Organic Beet Juice, Purple Carrot Juice, Organic Concord Grape Juice, Organic Acai, Organic Blueberry, Blackberry, Purple Cabbage, Organic Acerola juice, Plum, Eggplant, Black Raspberry, Black Currant Juice, Passion Fruit.


Red: Organic Apple, Beet Juice, Red Pear, Strawberry, Organic Beet, Raspberry, Cranberry, Organic Acerola Fruit Juice, Pomegranite Juice, Red Pepper, Rhubarb, Prickly Pear, Tomato, Cherry Juice.

Orange: Organic Carrot Juice, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Banana, Organic Mango, Pineapple, Organic Acerola, Apricot, Peach, Yellow Bell Pepper, Organic Lemon Juice, Orange Juice.


I have never found a product anywhere that has only fruits and veggies! Nothing more, nothing extra...just mother nature in a jar! This is the reason my family is in love with Blendfresh!!

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Remove a Mole With Apple Cider Vinegar

So easy a kid can do it.


One day, a big fat mole showed up on the bridge of my oldest son's nose. It has been with him for a very long time. Right there like a bullseye! I asked him a time or two if he would like to have it removed and he always said he was good with it. Isn't he one good looking boy? Awe, I love him!



He got hit with a skateboard once, and the cut was deep...right next to the mole. He made the comment, I wish it had taken the mole with it! Tough luck. Mole stays!

Later, it became kind of a good luck charm...at least, it attracted a few young ladies who would, ah hem, "rub it for luck." Really, girls, get your hands off my baby's nose!! I think he kinda liked that. Mole stays!

But about a year ago, he decided that a few too many comments were getting on the hurtful side and self image prevailed. Mole goes!

He had heard that others had success with frankincense. We have a friend who applied frankincense for 3 weeks and her mole fell off. We tried that for about 3 months and although it did get lighter and a bit smaller, patience is not a virtue for a 14 year old.

I had read a few articles about using ACV, but I loathe the smell of it, so didn't want him to have to use that near his nose. Turns out, he does not have the same aversion as me and went to work on it all by himself.

The procedure:
Wet a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar. Dab it on the mole. Cover with a bandaid and go to sleep.
Do this every night for as long as it takes to remove the mole.
To prevent scarring, dab it daily with frankincense, helichrysum, or the anti-aging blend.

The results:

Here is the before picture, after we plucked out a few unseemly hairs.


Here is a couple of days later, already scabbing over.

 
I almost forgot he had been doing the treatments because he took them over and kept right on applying each night. After two weeks, the change was dramatic!


My handsome boy after two weeks of ACV and a week of essential oils! He is happy with the painless results. I am happy he did it himself and all it cost me was a package of bandaids, 15 cotton balls and an ounce of organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Can't wait to see what this kid will discover next!

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Boosted Applesauce

I am a gal who likes to get the most bang for her buck. I spend a fortune on bottled organic applesauce for the kids. But it usually gets opened and forgotten and then is a molded mess in the back of the refrigerator. Well, when I was a kid, my mom used to make us what she called "green applesauce." It was the best stuff ever! There was never a drip left after Sunday dinner. Her recipe was as follows:

1 jar of applesauce
Juice of one lemon
Zest of one lemon
1-2 drops of green food coloring.
SO. GOOD. Well, except for the green food coloring.

I had an idea, a wonderfully delicious idea. I got my jar of applesauce and my lemon and then just a bit of reen dehydrated vegetable powder from Blendfresh. You can choose from four colors.

So, if you want to really add some great nutrition to your applesauce or pear sauce or whatever makes you feel saucy, try this:


1/2 cup applesauce
1 T red or purple (I like purple best) fruits and veggies from Blendfresh
1/2 t probiotic powder from Blendfresh

Mix well and enjoy. Once again, SO. GOOD! Like put whipped cream on top and call it Jell-O good. Oooh, gotta try that next.

No more wasted applesauce and a great way to get fruits and veggies into the day without having to peel, chop, cook, mash, or find molded messes in the back of the fridge.

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Healthy Holiday (or anytime) Pumpkin Pie

I accomplished a challenge all through Thanksgiving and Christmas which forbids sweets and junk food. Not an easy task when our culture sees "the holidays" as Oct 31-Jan 1! That is a lot of days of sugar my friends. I love getting together with friends, but not all of them have the same aversion to "frankenfoods" as I do, so had to be prepared to bring a few of my own things to eat. Pumpkin pie is of course a staple for Thanksgiving and Christmas for our family. Also loved and adored in January through October as well. Is there really an inappropriate time for pumpkin pie?  I do not have to be deprived of it at any time with a no sugar, gluten free and possibly dairy free recipe which tastes great!

I adapted this recipe from the Maximized living magazine.
Almond Pie Crust

1 1/2 cups almond meal or almond flour
3 T stevia or xylitol
3 T melted butter or coconut oil...butter is better in this recipe.

Heat oven to 350. Melt the oil with the almond meal and sweetener of your choice. Pat into a glass pie pan. Heat in the oven for about 8 min. Watch carefully to see that the crust does not go brown. Remove and cool.

Pumpkin pie filling:

1 15 oz can organic pumpkin
2/3 cup birch xylitol
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 scoop Blendfresh yellow fruits and veggies
1 can full fat coconut milk


Preheat oven to 425. Combine all ingredients. Pour into a cooled almond pie crust. Bake for 15 min. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 45 min. Cool and top with organic whipping cream.


Whipped topping
1 cup heavy cream (preferably organic)
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 drops stevia
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Whip the cream until stiff, add the flavoring and beat them in. Spread over the top of the pie. You can do this with coconut milk if you prefer, but I do not like the taste of canned coconut cream, so I opt for real cream.


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