Smoothie 101

Put your frozen smoothie fruit or veggies in a container and place in fridge overnight. By morning they will be defrosted and ready to use!
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Smoothie 101 (Super C)

I have had a sick little Knight all weekend long, so we have been looking for easy ways to get some Vitamin C in his system. I found this awesome recipe with some of my favorite fruits and added vitamin c. The recipe calls for camu camu poweder which can be found in your local health food store or If you don’t have that you can use Emergen-C !! Try this easy, tasty and cold staving smoothie !!

Camu Camu powder

Camu camu is used for viral infections including herpes, cold sores, shingles, and the common cold. It is also used for eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma. Other uses include treatment of asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, gum disease (gingivitis), headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Super C

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tsp camu camu powder or Emergen-C
3/4 cup chopped fresh (or frozen) mango
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana sliced

 
Blend and Enjoy

Serves 2

mango

Courtesy of Super Charged Smoothies

Smoothie 101 (Tropical Smoothie)

Smoothies are so fun because you can really make them any way. I love tropical fruits so this is one of my favorites. Of course you can make it to suit your tastes and have fun with it.

Tropical Smoothie

1/2 pineapple or 1 cup frozen pineapple

1 mango

1 papaya

3 slices of ginger

1/3 cup of coconut milk

5 ice cubes

Blend well and ENJOY !!

 

For Detox benefits try adding: Cilantro, Parsley, Spinach or Kale !!

Recipe of the Day !!!

Keeping with our Healthy 2014 here is our recipe of the Day !!

Enjoy !!

This recipe can be used as a side dish or for breakfast !! Healthy,Spicy and Sweet !!

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Sweet Potato Hash

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups frozen or fresh chopped bell peppers and onions

2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium sweet potatoes) peeled and cut into small cubes

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat

Saute bell peppers and onions until tender, about 5 minutes

Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to medium

Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes. Sweet potatoes may begin to stick to the skillet, but continue to stir gently until they cook through.

Serve while hot !!

 

 

 

Smoothie 101

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I have been infatuated with smoothies ever since I received my Ninja Blender for Xmas!! It is phenomenal !! A smoothie is any fruit and or vegetable combo blended with ice (or not) that pleases your palette. My family loves pineapple, so that is a staple in my house as well as kiwi, strawberries, mangos and papaya. You can add your greens from here. We usually add parsley,cilantro,spinach, mint or kale. All have great health benefits and add greens to your diet. Here is an easy recipe to start you off on your Smoothie journey !!

1 pineapple

4 strawberries

1 kiwi

3 slices of ginger

5 sprigs of mint

Blend and enjoy !!

Serves 2 to 3

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How to store -Cilantro

I am a cilantro fanatic !! Im always finding recipes where I can incorporate it in the dish. Everything from eggs to nachos, I try to add cilantro. My problem was when I brought it home from the store if it wasn’t used quickly enough, It went bad. I was constantly buying it. So when I found this handy way to keep cilantro on hand, I was so excited. I bought some and it now sits in my window sill next to my aloe vera and basil plant. All you need to do is get a small bowl or glass and add your cilantro and a small amount of water to the bottom. That’s it, that’s all !!! Now you (and I) will always have this fresh tasting herb plant on hand !! cilantro

DIY-Gift Idea-Coconut Rum Body Scrub

scrubThe basis for this recipe is super easy and very easy to tweak to your liking. I love making homemade gifts and I really love it when they are easy, the kids can help and I can make extra for me !! ☺ I found this on my all time favorite thing Pinterest and I had to add it to my gift list. I will be posting many more gift ideas to get us ready for the holiday season. Try this awesome recipe and Enjoy !!

 

Recipe:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil (may need to soften in the microwave just a bit)
  • 6 Coconut Rum teabags (found at World Market or online)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Add your sugar to a large mixing bowl. Open up the tea bags and stir in the contents. Add the softened coconut oil to the mixture and stir in the vanilla and honey. Wa-La !! That’s it !! Add this wonderful mixture to a beautiful jar and you have a fabulous gift for a special someone !!

Cooling aloe cucumber mask

This really cool recipe is perfect for one of those refreshing at home spa days. You can also use this is you have any acne and it can be used on the whole body. Its simple and my favorite part is brewing natural chamomile tea to add to your concoction. Check out the recipe below !! Enjoy !!

 

Cooling Aloe Cucumber  Mask

Recipe 

  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 bags chamomile tea
  • 1 whole cucumber with peel, chopped
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (from either a fresh, whole leaf or bottled)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

1. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags to make a strong tea.

2. Once the tea has cooled a bit, remove the tea bags, pressing them to extract as much tea as possible.

3. Put the tea in a blender or food processor, add the cucumber, aloe  vera and lavender oil, and blend until you have a smooth mixture.

4. To use, spread the entire mixture over your body or the sunburned area using your fingers or a small paintbrush.

5. Leave the mask on for 20 to 30 minutes. You may want to wrap up in an  old sheet or a large towel so you can sit or lie down and relax.

6. Afterward, rinse well with cool water, pat your skin dry and don’t forget to moisturize!

 

DIY-Healing Salve

My girls know my mantra by heart….put some Shea Butter on it. For every bruise , cut,burn or scar you can use it for healing the skin. I ran across this amazing healing salve and I loved the idea of adding healing essential oils to the mix. This recipe calls for beeswax pastilles, but I would substitute for Shea butter. Check out this easy recipe !!

All Purpose Healing Salve Recipe:

1  Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1  Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4  T. Beeswax Pastilles

1/2 t. vitamin e oil (optional)

To each jar add:

10  drops Lavender

8  drops Lemon

6  drops Melaleuca

1/2  teaspoon Vitamin e oil (optional)

Fills {4} – 4 oz glass mason jars or small glass jars of choice. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer as well as antibacterial.  Olive oil has lots of anti-oxidants, including Hydroxytyrosol as well as anti-inflammatory properties.  Lavender soothes and heals, Lemon cleanses and disinfects while Melaleuca is antibacterial and antifungal!

Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted. This will take at least 15 min, you want a slow melt.

Add the essential oils to the empty jars and pour into glass jars of your choice and let cool. Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down.  Shelf life is approximately 8 months.

Thanks to Camp Wandersalve

DIY Dishwasher Liquid

How excited was I to find this awesome easy recipe for DIY Dishwasher Liquid !!! It uses ingredients that are easily found and my favorite…Castile Soap from Dr Bronners. You will need a spoon and a container to store your liquid. You can even use your old dishwasher liquid container if you still have it. Check out this great recipe!!

  • 8 cups of water (divided)
  • 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/4 cup of Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Pot
  • Spoon
  • Container
  • Measuring Spoons

Directions:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil…While waiting for water to boil get your other ingredients measured out in the cups.After the water has started to boil, remove it from heat and begin to pour your Washing Soda, Borax, and Castile Soap and stir it until in dissolves.  It will look like really hot soapy water!!

Cover the pot with a lid and let it set overnight!  You could also move it to a
container that allows you to pour easily.  I let mine set in a plastic pitcher
after it had cooled in the pot for an hour or so.  As it cools it will gel up a
bit, just take your wooden spoon and break up the clumps and it will liquefy
considerably.

Mix it up really well and use a funnel to pour it into your container, and ADD
your remaining 4 cups of water. DONE !!!