11/23/15

Very Veggie Hamburger Soup

I know, veggies are good for us right? But seriously, how many salads can a person be expected to eat in a week. I like one about once every other week, and prefer my veggies in liquid form. Raw, in smoothies or cozy and comforting and warm in a soup. But spinach soup? Oh, gag! Asparagus soup? Just wrong! Pea soup....no thanks. Quite a quandary left when the thought of any veggies aside from roots or select squash make me queasy. Never fear, Blendfresh is here! I love how I can veggie up my soup and drink my hamburgers.  I love this easy recipe that has everything I love on or with my sandwich, even the ranch, but hold the pickles.



Hamburger Soup

1/2 lb ground beef
1 carton 32 oz  beef broth
1 8 oz can  tomato sauce
1 4 oz can  tomato paste
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 T ranch dressing mix
To really veggie it up, add 1 scoop each of Blendfresh Red, Orange, and Green Fruits and Veggies

Brown the beef, onion and garlic in a large heavy pot or pressure cooker. Once the meat is browned, add the remaining veggies, broth, and tomato sauce and paste. Finally add 36 more fruits and veggies with one scoop each of Red, Orange, and Green Fruits and vegetables.



Put a lid on the pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 min until the potatoes are tender. If you are using a pressure cooker, bring the pressure up and cook for 10 minutes.

Serve with a salad, or if you are like me, you have enough veggies in the soup, thank you very much. So add a roll slathered with butter.

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11/22/15

All About Orange Essential OIl





Feeling sleepy, apathetic, or worn out? Then you need this oil! It is so invigorating and just triggers pure joy. It is the oil of abundance and I love to inhale it while looking at my vision board or meditating. It makes me feel as if anything is possible. 
















Open the bottle and inhale
Put a drop on the palms of you hand and rub vigorously, hold over nose and inhale
State affirmations while inhaling this beautiful oil of abundance. One of my favorite is: "Abundance flows through me and around me."
Add to a diffuser and enjoy the benefits of clean air and uplifted mood.




Use on skin to soothe and cleanse
Put a drop or two on bottoms of feet, on wrists, or behind ears to uplift and energize
Mix with peppermint and apply to back of the neck to energize












***Remember that not all brands of Essential oils are suitable to use internally. If there are no supplement facts on the bottle, do not ingest. If you are uncomfortable using internally, then don't. 

Add a drop to water and enjoy
Use in place of extracts.  A drop will do ya!
Add to chocolate...anything. 
Here is one of my favorite ways to use orange essential oils.

Try out this recipe to warm and elevate you! I am wildly excited to share it!

Single Serving Orange Hot Cocoa

Click here for a recipe for on the go, sugar free, dairy free.


1 C Raw Milk
1 T cocoa powder
1 T grass fed beef gelatin (affiliate link)
1 T pure maple syrup
1 egg yolk
1 drop orange essential oil

In a small saucepan, whisk together the cocoa and gelatin. Add 1/4 cup of milk and the egg yolk; stir until you make a thin paste. Then add remaining milk and the maple syrup. Simmer over  medium low heat until you reach your optimum "warmness." (not over 110 degree or you will cook your milk) Add a drop of Orange or Peppermint or Cinnamon and top with whipped cream (optional..but highly recommended).

I asked around my essential oil community to find out how they use this oil. Here are some  ideas they shared: 
  • "I use in a diffuser to lift my spirits and energize."
  • "I put a drop near my nose to help when I feel anxious or just open the bottle and breathe!"
  • "I put a drop in my drinking water to curb hunger."
  • "I have found some relief from skin irritation when applied topically."
  • "I add a drop to frosting, smoothies,  yogurt, cookies, or in a sauce for orange chicken."

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11/19/15

Five Essential Oil Infused Water Recipes

Essential oils are wonderful used in so many ways. I truly believe that everyday is made better when an essential oil is inhaled, rubbed on or taken internally. One of the easiest ways to use essential oils is also the tastiest! Here are some great recipes to uplift, energize, soothe, and refresh. If you have any issues at all with using essential oils internally, add the same recipes to a diffuser and enjoy them aromatically.

Five Water Refreshers:


Morning Detox

16 oz water
1 drop ginger
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
Holiday Blend
16 oz water
1 T Organic Cranberry Concentrate (affiliate link)
1 drop clove
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop ginger
2 drops wild orange
Afternoon Energy
16 oz water
2 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint
Curb the Cravings
16 oz water
2 drops grapefruit
Tummy Tamer
1 drop fennel
1 drop wild orange

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11/17/15

All About Lemon Essential Oil

 What could be lovelier than lemon?


Not much, which is why we go through lemon faster than any oil in our home.  The greatest thing about essential oils is how versatile they are and lemon is no exception. In one afternoon, this is what my lemon use might look like:
  •  Get home from the grocery store, put a drop in my water to rehydrate.
  • Then, fill a sink with water and throw in my produce, add a few drops of lemon and let it work it's magic to clean.
  • Then, fill a bowl of water, throw in a wash cloth, and let it soak.
  • Once I have put away my produce, I will use that wash cloth to sanitize my counters, shine up my stainless, degrease my stove top, and polish my wood cabinets.
  • Then, I can mix up a batch of "Lemonies"  I can't think of one product that has so many uses, the results of which are all fantastic.
There are three basic ways to use Lemon Essential Oils: 


Open the bottle and inhale to uplift mood.
Diffuse a few drops each day to clean the air
Diffuse to improve cognitive ability
Add to a spray bottle with distilled water and spritz the air
Add a few drops to a cotton ball and put it in the vacuum bag
Add a drop to a cotton ball and use a clothes pin to attach to air conditioner vent in car.


Add a drop to your water each day for kidney and liver support
Take in a capsule
Use in baking to replace extracts
It is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals
Provides cleansing and digestive benefits
Gargle and swallow to soothe an irritated throat


Rub behind neck to energize and uplift
Rub on chest to support healthy breathing
Add to spray bottle of water or vinegar and use as a non toxic cleaner for the home

I asked around my essential oil community to find out how they use this oil. Here are some  ideas they shared.:

"I use it to get glue off of surfaces."
"I put 4 drops in a liter of water to wash hair."
"I add to water in a spray bottle, and consistently spray where I don't want cats to pee." (Better idea, don't have a cat...don't hate me!)
"I drink it regularly when I feel a sinus pressure mounting." 
"I use it to clean my diffuser. Scrub with it, then diffuse it to have it working great again."
"I diffuse it to enhance my mood and as an energy booster."
"I drink more water when I add lemon to it."
"I diffuse to freshen the air."
"I use a drop or two in water for occasional stomach upset."
"It is awesome at getting crayon off walls!"
"It is really good at cleaning grime in general.

 Any other ideas? Please share in the comments section. Get out that lovely lemon and get going.
  
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11/16/15

Mint Almond Joy Bars (THM)

Halloween is over and so probably, all the Chocolate is gone by now...I know it is in my house. Anything with chocolate and peanuts goes first, followed closely by the chocolate and coconut treats. Well, good riddance! You can have a healthy, hearty variety any time you want with this home made version. Mint is optional, but really make this kick!


If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan, this is an "S" snack.
2 cups shredded coconut
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup Almonds or pistachios
1/8 tsp stevia
2 drops spearmint oil
Pinch of salt
1 T Blendfresh Green Fruits and Veggies or 1/2 avocado (I use both)

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and let it run until a fine crumble forms.
Press into a 9X9 pan.

Chocolate Ganache topping
1/4 cup coconut oil
4 T cocoa
4 T powdered Xylitol
Pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 drops spearmint oil
4 T heavy whipping cream

Melt coconut oil, xylitol and cocoa on low heat until it is smooth with no clumps. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients.

Spread on the nutty blend, put in fridge or freezer to set.

Makes 16 small bars. I say that 2 is a great serving for a snack one for a dessert. But I won't judge.
1 cookie has 97 calories, 9.4g fat, and 2.42 net carbs.

What is your most tempting Halloween candy?

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11/11/15

Fall Diffuser Blends

Things I love about Fall!

  • Colors! From sunsets to leaves, everything is just bright and vibrant!
  • Crunching leaves under my feet.
  • Pumpkin muffins, cookies, pie and pancakes...pretty much anything you can add pumpkin pie spice to, I love.
  • Hot Chocolate. Is. My. Favorite. Food! And the way I make it, it is like a food. All the breakfast I need on a cold morning. 
  • Soup. I love soup.
  • Spicy aromas wafting from my diffuser!
I love the spicy oils which include cinnamon, clove, ginger and cassia. When you pair these oils with citrus oils, like orange, you get an amazing energizing effect. Spices add spice and excitement to our lives. Citrus adds joy! So, put them together and even gloomy days are thrilling. 

My favorite combo is cinnamon and orange. Add equal parts to a diffuser and try to resist the urge to drink it... or not! :)



I found this list of wonderful fall diffuser blends on "eotools"blog. Which one calls to you? Today I am in a "Walk in the Leaves" kind of mood. Better pull out the Patchouli! 


**Some clarification on blends listed in the recipies: Holiday blends differ depending on companies. They may include orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and a fir tree oil. 
Invigorating blends also vary, look for a blend that is a combination of citrus oils with vanilla. 
Feel free to email me for a suggestion of my favorite essential oil brand...I am happy to share. 

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11/9/15

Make Your Own Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Packets (THM)

The only thing I like about cooler weather is that I can have hot chocolate for breakfast! But making it can be a pain when I have to pull out all the ingredients every morning. So, today, I had the brilliant idea of making up single serve packets.



As a bonus, these packets are good news for health conscious social butterflies. How many cups of coffee do you sit down to a week to get to know how you can connect other people? I network often, but I am a non-coffee kind of coffee gal.  So, I usually just sip a bottle of water...lame. What I want is hot cocoa, but any I would get a coffee shop is outrageously expensive and sooo sweet. I just take one of these packets along and just order a steamed milk. Mix it up and have my chocolate with no sugar added! This is so gonna make me a better networker!

I like my cocoa slightly bitter as I prefer a darker chocolate flavor, so add more sweetener to yours if you do not like it.


                                       

Basic recipe for one serving:
(This is a Fuel Pull snack for those on Trim Healthy Mama-THM)
1 T cocoa (for the chocolate!)
2 T xylitol or organic sugar (for the sweet)
1 tsp gelatin (for protein and collagen)
1 pinch salt (for flavor enhancement)
1 drop peppermint or orange essential oil (for the fun)
or a shake of cinnamon. (optional)
Photo courtesy of olovedog, Free digital photos.net
Add all ingredients to a snack sized back and shake well. Mix with one cup of your milk of choice. Add a bit more xylitol or a pinch of stevia if you like it sweeter.

When making this at home, I like to add an egg yolk to the powders, then whisk in milk and heat slowly on the stove top. This gives it even more protein and makes a great meal replacement.

I hope this solves a problem for someone besides me. What is your favorite hot chocolate recipe?

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