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Month: February, 2013

Green Chile Cilantro Hummus

Aye caramba! Depending on the chile you use, this can either be super spicy or just have a hint of green chile flava. There's no wrong way to eat green chile.

Aye caramba! Depending on the chile you use, this can either be super spicy or just have a hint of capsicum flava. There’s no wrong way to eat green chile. Period.

My husband has been working 25 hours a day lately, and eats in 30 seconds bursts. When I hear him running down the stairs at 100 hundred miles an hour, I like to have a pantry full of protein packed snacks so he doesn’t have to lolligag while making a lunch decision. For times like these, hummus is a great staple. I usually make about a batch per week, and the possibilities are endless. You can use just about any type of bean, throw in a little tahini, nut, or seed butter, some spices and other veggies, olive oil, salt and peppa, and tadá! You’ve got yourself a high- (and complete) protein snack or meal that can store for up to a few days in the fridge…but I can guarantee it won’t last more than a day or two. Yum!

This batch features two of my most favorite ingredients: green chile and cilantro. In combination they bring a deeply ethnic flavor and feel to the dish, and go great with any kind of corn chip (certified GMO-free, si vous plait!). I particularly enjoy Garden of Eatin’s Red Hot Blue chips because they’re perfectly salted with a little kick of red chile powder. Takes me back to my New Mexican roots. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 clove garlic, chopped or pressed (or you can use a hefty sprinkle of garlic powder)
1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans (or soak your own and cook according to package directions which I think is waaay better)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon, or 1 drop doTerra lemon essential oil
2 heaping tablespoons tahini
1 small roasted green chile, chopped OR 1 small can medium Hatch green chile (Certified Non-GMO!)
1 tbs. chopped cilantro
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons-ish olive oil
.5-1 drop doTerra cilantro oil

Method

Rinse garbanzos and pour into blender, reserving a couple tablespoons for garnish.

Place lemon juice, essential oil, tahini, chopped garlic, 1/2 the cilantro, and salt in blender.

Blend until creamy and well mixed. (Add a little water and/or olive oil if not blending easily.)

Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Stir in the chopped green chile.

Garnish with reserved garbanzo beans, the remaining green chile and cilantro, and drizzle with olive oil.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Delicioso!

Delicioso!

Health Benefits

This bean/seed combo makes a complete protein, which means that all the amino acids your body needs are present in this combination. See here for other complete protein combos to get the most out of your nutrients. Enjoy!

Cilantro: Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent which helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. It’s also beneficial for the digestive tract due to its production of digestive enzymes, acids, and juices. Its essential oils stimulate peristalsis, relieve gas, and aid with digestion. Cilantro also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and helps to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cilantro Oil: Cilantro is a great digestive aid and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps control free radicals and leaches heavy metals from the human body. It is also a strong antibacterial and anti fungicide agent. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Garbanzo Beans: Also known as “chickpeas,” these beans are particularly high in insoluble fiber, which means you have a squeaky clean colon and feel fuller for longer when eating these legumes. They are also extremely high in lots of nutrients such as manganese, folate, and tryptophan. They are a great source of plant-based protein. If you find legumes make you gassy, try pre-soaking them for easier digestion. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Green Chile:  Aside from being one of the most delicious foods on the planet, green chile is rich in fiber, contains no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Meanwhile, it is packed with Vitamins A and C (essential for bone, tooth, mucosal, and eye health). See here for additional health benefits and nutritional info.

Tahini: Sesame seeds (of which tahini is made) are jam packed with manganese and copper, and are a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, and dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon Juice: Lemons (and limes) are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system, and promote a sense of well-being. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

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Poached Salmon with Parsley Dressing

Poached salmon is a simple dish that's great for parties and delicious the next day.

Poached salmon is a simple dish that’s great for parties and is delicious the next day.

This recipe was inspired by epicurious.com

In an effort to not be such a socially inept hermit, I’ve been hosting a monthly ladies night at my house when my husband is off traveling. I ask everyone to bring something shareable, and we sit around smoking cigars, drinking whiskey, and making plans to take over the world. Just kidding…Sort of. But it provides us with an opportunity to interact with other human beings, instead of being cooped up in our hearts and heads, which to me is invaluable as I would otherwise stay up working until 11pm, and wonder why I feel like I have no friends.

All this to say, this is a great sharable dish. And it goes with just about any other kind of starch, salad, or wine that ends up on the sharing table. Next time you’re feeling reclusive, invite some friends over for a laugh and a nice meal. They might even offer to clean up your kitchen. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

For Sauce:
1 cup flat leaf parsley
2 tbs. tarragon or any other fresh herb such as rosemary or oregano
1 tbs. chives
1-2 cloves fresh garlic
1 tbs. champagne  vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 tbs. olive oil
1 drop doTerra lemon essential oil
Salt and pepper to taste

For Fish:
2 1/2 cups dry white wine
2 1/2 cups water
2- to 3-pound salmon fillet with skin

Method:

Sauce:
In a food processor puree parsley, chives, and garlic with remaining sauce ingredients until smooth but chunky.

Season with salt and pepper.

*Sauce may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Fish:
In a deep 10-inch skillet bring wine and water to a simmer.

Cut salmon into 6 pieces and season with salt and pepper. Submerge the salmon pieces, skin sides down, in simmering liquid (add hot water if necessary to just cover salmon) and poach at a bare simmer, covered, for 8 minutes, or until just cooked through.

Transfer cooked salmon with a slotted spatula to a platter to cool.

When salmon is cool enough to handle, peel off skin and if desired with a sharp knife scrape off any dark meat. Salmon may be cooked 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

*Bring salmon to cool room temperature before serving.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Garlic: Garlic has long been touted as a health promoting food. It is high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. Garlic is also rich with manganese and is a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as selenium. This “stinky rose” also protects our blood vessels from inflammatory and oxidative stress, but its other health benefits abound. See here for nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system, and promote a sense of well-being. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Parsley: Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K, and contains notable amounts of vitamins A and C. The volatile oils contained in parsley have been shown to inhibit tumor formation. Parsley has also been shown to neutralize carcinogens. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Salmon: This is a superfish. It abounds with vitamins D, B3, and B12, and has off the chart levels of  tryptophan, protein, selenium, and omega 3 fats. Omega 3s have been proven to improve bodily inflammation, cell function and brain function. Omega 3 intake has also been associated with decreased risk cardiovascular issues such as heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

 

Raw Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

We could call these "Superfood Cups" because of all the health benefits each bite provides.

We could call these “Superfood Cups” because of all the health benefits each bite provides.

This recipe was inspired by fellow yogini-foodie, Jessie Monds.

Ingredients:

(Makes about 22 treats)

Chocolate:

1 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup tablespoons maple syrup
6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Whisk together ingredients to combine, mixture will be smooth and ribbony. If it’s too thick, add more oil and/or syrup to taste .

Nut Butter Filling:

1/4 cup almond/cashew or pepita/sunflower seed  butter

Method:

Lay out 20 mini cupcake liners on a large rimmed baking sheet. Fill each liner with 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate mixture. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon of nut/seed butter mixture, flattened out slightly into a disk shape. Top with 1 teaspoon of chocolate mixture then a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Store them in refrigerator until ready to enjoy.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cashews: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. What’s more is that about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same monounsaturated or “good fat” found in olive oil. This super nut is also packed with copper, manganese, magnesium, and tryptophan (the “feel good” amino acid”). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, both of which are important to promote a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that maple syrup can also be useful for muscle recovery and immune system support. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Pepitas (Hulled Pumpkin Seeds): These babies are packed with zinc and vitamin E, but are also excellent sources of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They are also very high in protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Sunflower Seeds: A handful of sunflower seeds will supply significant amounts of vitamin E (the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant, which is also an anti-inflamatory and cardiovascular health superstar), magnesium (which has been said to help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke), and selenium (helpful for DNA and cellular repair). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Bread Pudding

Bread pudding offers simplicity and comfort in each bite.

Bread pudding offers simplicity and comfort in each bite.

One of my favorite simple pleasures is to bake on a Sunday afternoon. Whisk together a few ingredients, pop it in the oven and voíla! Just 45 minutes later, your laundry is folded, your house smells like a bakery, and you have a tasty treat to share (neighbors come in handy if you don’t feel like housing an entire pan-ful of sweet, fatty carbohydrates in your belly). If you have a loaf of bread that needs eating, or just feel like making some real-life comfort food, then bread pudding is like heaven in a spoon. My dearest Mom reminded me of this recipe, so I thought I’d share it with you. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter or ghee, melted
1/2 cup currants (optional)
4 eggs, whisked
2 cups milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Small pinch sea salt
*Optional zest of one orange and a squeeze of orange juice
*Optional 1 drop of doTerra Wild Orange Essential Oil

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Break bread into small pieces into an 8-inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter/ghee over bread.

If using, sprinkle with raisins or currants.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and optional orange zest, juice, and essential oil. Whisk together until well-blended.

Pour over bread, and lightly push down the bread pieces with a fork or clean fingers until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture. (Just think, giant french toast!)

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until is golden brown and the top springs back when lightly tapped.

Serve warm. Is ridiculously tasty with a decaf Americano, or the coffee beverage of your choice. Enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Currants:  Currants are a rich source of vitamin C and potassium, and have strong antioxidant properties. They have long been used by some Native American tribes to treat kidney and digestive ailments. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Ghee: A favorite among Ayurvedic practitioners, said to help cure ailments from tight muscles to memory loss. Ghee is essentially clarified butter that has been separated from the milk solids and saturated fats. I highly recommend replacing your regular butter with this. Read up on the health benefits and nutritional information.

Local Raw Milk: This is a VERY touchy subject. So I will leave it to the professionals. See here if you’re interested in learning more about raw milk. Otherwise, good organic milk is a fine alternative.

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Shaved Apple and Fennel Salad

Super refreshing salad tastes "in season" any time of year and goes with almost any other dish.

This super refreshing salad tastes “in season” any time of year and goes with almost any other dish.

Inspired by Epicurious.com

Ingredients:

Juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. honey
1 drop doTerra lemon essential oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2-3 granny smith apples, cored and halved
2 bulbs fennel, thinly sliced

Method:

To prepare the vinaigrette: Whisk together the lemon juice, chopped tarragon, olive oil, honey, and lemon essential oil in a small bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.

To prepare the salad: Cut the apple into thin slices and place in a medium bowl with the fennel. Toss with the vinaigrette and season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to sit at least 20 minutes before serving.

Toss, serve, and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They’re also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Fennel: In addition to its abounding phytonutrients, fennel bulb is an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium. It also has a unique licorice-like flavor and a ton of crisp crunch. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemons and Limes: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system, and promote a sense of well-being. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Blueberry Walnut Brain Booster Bites

These energy balls contain blueberries and walnuts. Both are great for your brain!

These tasty treats contain blueberries and walnuts, both of which are excellent for protecting your brain health and function.

Try these blueberry walnut balls for breakfast or an afternoon snack when your brain needs a little extra boost. They’re an excellent source of energy, too, so can be used before a workout. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dried blueberries
3 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup walnuts
14/-1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup nut butter, preferably almond, cashew, or some combination thereof
Splash of blueberry juice
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Pinch dried and powdered cardamom
Pinch sea salt

Method:

Place all the ingredient except for nut butter in a food processor with the “S” blade. Blend until grainy (entirely depends on what kind of consistency you prefer…you like crunchy, process less. You like them sans chunks, process longer.)

Pour contents into a large glass bowl and add nut butter. Stir with your hands and/or a spoon until well-mixed.

Using a spoon and/or your hands, form into little balls and place into a glass tupperware container.

Allow to chill and set in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Blueberries: These berries should get their own cape. They are a superfood, packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, meanwhile protecting your nervous system and brain health. They’re rich with manganese, and Vitamins K and C, and are also a good source of dietary fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cashews: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. What’s more is that about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same monounsaturated or “good fat” found in olive oil. This super nut is also packed with copper, manganese, magnesium, and tryptophan (the “feel good” amino acid”). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Walnuts: Walnuts are powerful medicine. They are packed with valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper. Walnuts have been studied and proven to help decrease risk of certain cancers,  including prostate and breast. They also help prevent cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Swadhisthana Yoga Playlist:

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This playlist was inspired by the Swadhisthana chakra, the home of our Divine Self. Click on the link to hear each song. Warning: This music in conjunction with a deep yogasana practice may help you reconnect with your deepest essence. Use at your own risk.

Summer Haze, Shapeshifter

Rapt In The Evening Air, Art Of Noise

Crystalfilm, Little Dragon

The Minneapolis Touch, Shonky

On Your Marks, Bonobo

Building Steam With a Grain of Salt, DJ Shadow

Lost At Last, Maker

Midnight In a Perfect World, DJ Shadow

Let It Be (feat. Veela)

He Ma Durga (Mac Quayle Remix), Donna De Lory

I Belong to You, Lenny Kravitz

Sunny Road, Emilíana Torrini

Sort of Revolution, Fink

Nothing Is Ever Finished, Fink

Te Amo, Trevor Hall

Volcano, Damien Rice

Be Here Now (Live), Ray LaMontagne

The Essential Macaroon

Dress up these macaroons with your favorite pure essential oil, or eat them by themselves for a delectable, flavorful treat.

Dress up these macaroons with your favorite pure essential oil, or eat them by themselves for a delectable, flavorful treat.

This recipe was inspired by the36thavenue.com

I love my yoga students. So in honor of my appreciation, I brought  them a plate of citrusy macaroons. They were very well-received. The last couple which remained on the place were even better received by my belly! This is a great base recipe for no-bake macaroons, but they are even more magical when enhanced with edible essential oils. I look forward to trying lavender, lemon, lime, and chocolatey peppermint in the near future. Please let me know what other delicious flavors you try. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup ghee
1/2 cup milk
3 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
2/3 cup nut butter (I like homemade almond cashew, or seed butter)
1-2 drops of doTerra’s wild orange, lavender, or tangerine essential oil.
*Optional: 1/4 cup cocoa

Method:

Slowly bring to a boil the maple syrup, ghee, milk (and cocoa, if using).

Stir often so the mixture does not stick to the bottom of your pan.

Turn the heat down and add the vanilla, nut/seed butter, essential oil, and coconut.

Stir a minute longer then turn off the stove.

Using a spoon, melon baller, or small ice cream scoop, form the macaroons and place them onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

*Can sprinkle with additional coconut for pretty.

Place the cookie sheet in the fridge (or outside if it’s cold enough) and allow to harden for at least 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with corresponding garnish, ie: lavender petals, orange zest, cacao nibs, etc.

Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Ghee: A favorite among Ayurvedic practitioners, said to help cure ailments from tight muscles to memory loss. Ghee is essentially clarified butter that has been separated from the milk solids and saturated fats. I highly recommend replacing your regular butter with this. Read up on the health benefits and nutritional information.

Lavender Essential Oil: Known as the “mother of all oils” for its sedative, mood modulating, analgesic (reduces pain), anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also great for digestion, and has a calming and soothing effect. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Local Raw Milk: This is a VERY touchy subject. So I will leave it to the professionals. See here if you’re interested in learning more about raw milk. Otherwise, good organic milk is a fine alternative.

Tangerine Essential Oil: DoTerra’s Tangerine Essential oil is an extremely powerful blood purifying agent, digestive aid, anti-septic, and relaxant. It can help improve blood circulation, and reduces internal inflammation. The neurological benefits abound as well. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Citrus Cucumber Cleansing Tonic

This multipurpose beverage pleases the taste buds while flushing toxins from the body and regenerating your cells.

This multipurpose beverage pleases the taste buds while flushing toxins from the body and regenerating your cells.

Every morning I curl up in the window sill and gaze outside for even a few minutes, while partaking of whatever type of breakfast I can dream up. Today I felt a little sluggish, so opted for this delicious and simple juice. It’s thicker than a “juiced” juice, but not quite as thick as a smoothie. If blended long enough it has a velvety texture. The flavor profile is gently sweet thanks to the apple and cucumber, but has a little edge thanks to the ginger and lime. The tarragon rounds out the flavors. Just delightful. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut water
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1/2 apple, seeded and cored
1/2 inch hunk of ginger, peeled,
1/4 lime (you can either use the juice, or toss the whole lime wedge in if your blender can handle it)
1 sprig fresh tarragon
1 drop doTerra lime oil

Method:

Put all ingredients into the blender (I like my Vitamix) and blend to smithereens!

Serve with a lime wedge and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They’re also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there’s so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cucumber: Cucumbers contain three types of phytonutrients which provide with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lime: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lime Essential Oil: Lime essential oil is a powerful respiratory aid due to its anti-mucus and natural decongestant properties. It also aids in the cleansing of the lymphatic system, reduces muscle spasms and cramps, and is a proven pathogen inhibitor (think disease and cancer prevention!) See here for more information about this amazing oil.

Tarragon: Tarragon is an excellent source of minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, and zinc. It has also been used in various types of traditional medicine as an appetite stimulant, and as a remedy for anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence and hiccups. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Almond Apricot Nibs

A hint of apricot extract adds a dimension of sophistication to these energy bites.

A hint of almond extract adds a dimension of sophistication to these energy bites.

The search continues for my favorite energy ball recipe. This one is great because the cinnamon and almond extract give these a distinctive flavor. What’s your favorite combo? Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup-ish almonds
1/2 cup-ish cashews
1/4 cup dried apricots
4 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup-ish coconut flakes
Pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. organic almond extract
3/4 cup-ish nut/seed butter

Method:

Add all the ingredients but for the nut butter to a food processor and blend until desired consistency (large grainy is probably best).

Pour into a large bowl and add the nut/seed butter and stir until well-mixed.

Using a spoon and/or your hands, form into balls and put into large glass tupperware with lid.

Allow to chill and harden in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Apricots: Apricots are rich with beta-carotene and fiber, both of which help promote heart health. They are also good sources of vitamins A and C. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cashews: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. What’s more is that about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same monounsaturated or “good fat” found in olive oil. This super nut is also packed with copper, manganese, magnesium, and tryptophan (the “feel good” amino acid”). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.