Watermelon Hibiscus Cooler

Ingredients:

2 cups freshly brewed hibiscus tea, cooled
*optional: add a bag of rose tea while it's brewing for added depth of flavor and a boost to your heart chakra.
4-6 squares of frozen watermelon
1-2 drops liquid stevia
*optional: 1 drop doTERRA Citrus Bliss essential oil
1 spring of fresh mint for garnish

*This recipe can be quadrupled for an amazing party drink on these HOT summer afternoons!

Method:

Allow the tea to cool fully.

Mix the stevia and essential oil in the bottom of a drinking glass/jar.

Add a splash of the tea and mix thoroughly.

Add your watermelon chunks and sprig of mint, then pour the remaining tea in. Give it a quick stir and enjoy!

Cell Reboot Green Juice

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, skinned
1 head red-leaf lettuce
4 stalks celery, de-stringed
1/2 lemon, de-rinded
1" hunk of ginger, skinned

Splash coconut water
Dash of spirulina

Method:

Juice the first five ingredients.

Place them in a jar or glass. Then add the coconut water and spirulina. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!

*If you don't have a juicer, then mix the first five ingredients in a blender with one cup filtered water. Then strain into a glass add the coconut water and spirulina and enjoy!

 

Mellow Green Juice

 Even Little B likes this one. He chugged one and a half shot glasses of full of this power-packed, anti-inflammatory elixir. Yum!

Even Little B likes this one. He chugged one and a half shot glasses of full of this power-packed, anti-inflammatory elixir. Yum!

Mellow Green Juice

1 cucumber, skinned
5 romaine lettuce leaves
Handful of fresh spinach
1 peeled grapefruit
1 peeled orange
1-2 inches (thinner piece) fresh turmeric root

Method:

Juice all ingredients, pour the juice into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Or, if you don't have a juicer, place all ingredients into a high-speed blender, add a cup of purified water. Blend to smithereens, strain, and enjoy! Not the same effect, but at least you're getting some really great nutrients!

Also, you could just add some protein powder and a splash of coconut water and make this a smoothie! Yum.

Creamy Cauliflower Dip

 This dip makes a great appetizer or sharable party dish. Packed with fiber and low in carbsmakes it ideal for snacking without packing on the pounds. Enjoy!

This dip makes a great appetizer or sharable party dish. Packed with fiber and low in carbsmakes it ideal for snacking without packing on the pounds. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tbs. tahini
2 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
*optional: 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
sea salt and ground pepper to taste

*Other great add-ins: chopped fresh thyme, chopped fresh rosemary, a pinch of lemon zest, or all of the above!

Method:

Steam the cauliflower and garlic until soft (about 10 minutes)

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy

Put the mixture in a bowl and allow to cool

Sprinkle with smoked paprika and a drizzle of olive oil

Serve with crackers, chips, or veggies (like cucumber, celery, peppers, zucchini, carrots, whateva!)

Quickie Pickles

 Want pickles instantly sans the mess and time required for canning? Then toss these ingredients in a jar, shake, and voilá! Quickie pickles!

Want pickles instantly sans the mess and time required for canning? Then toss these ingredients in a jar, shake, and voilá! Quickie pickles!

Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced into rounds
*optional other veggie ideas: 1/4 purple onion, sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, peppers
Juice of one medium lime
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2-1 tsp. chile powder
1/4 tsp. ground fenugreek seed
1/4 tsp. onion powder (or just use a couple slices of fresh onion/garlic)
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
3 drops organic stevia or 1/4 tsp. coconut sugar

Method:

Place all ingredients in a large mason jar and shake shake shake until well-combined.

Enjoy immediately, or will last in the fridge for up to a week.

 


 

Fried Cauli-Rice

 This dish is such a versatile way to use leftover meat! Great with chicken, pork, or beef...Tasty as a vegetarian option too! Just throw a few sautéed mushrooms in there for some added texture. Yum!  This dish is an excellent way to pack lots of veggies in your diet and makes excellent leftovers.

This dish is such a versatile way to use leftover meat! Great with chicken, pork, or beef...Tasty as a vegetarian option too! Just throw a few sautéed mushrooms in there for some added texture. Yum!

This dish is an excellent way to pack lots of veggies in your diet and makes excellent leftovers.

Ingredients:

1 medium head cauliflower, "riced" in a food processor or finely chopped by hand
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2-3 cups other veggies of your choice, finely chopped (I recommend bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, whateva you've got on-hand...)
4 tbs. coconut aminos
1 tbs. liquid aminos
1 tbs. ghee
2 tbs. sesame oil
1-2 tbs. hot sauce of choice
2 scrambled eggs
*optinal: 1 cup chopped leftover cooked meat (chicken, pork, beef...or you could just add another scrambled egg for extra protein!)

Method:

Place large wok or frying pan over medium heat. Allow pan to warm and add ghee. Add the chopped onion and mushroom and sautée until lightly browned.

Add the cauliflower and toss to combine with the onion mixture.

A few minutes later, scoot the cauli-mush-onion mixture to the outer edges of the pan, add some sesame oil to the center of the pan and add the remaining veggies.

Sauté the new veggies for a few minutes, then stir to combine with the cauli-mush-onion mixture. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir with a spatula until the eggs and and sauces are well-combined and the eggs are cooked through (about 3 minutes or so...)

Serve in a bowl with your favorite sauces and garnish such a sprinkle of green onion and sesame seeds, or sliced avocado and a handful of roasted cashews. Enjoy!

Heart Chakra Smoothie

 The colors for the heart chakra are green and pink, both featured in this delicious smoothie. Greens and cruciferous veggies support the heart on the physical level, while the colors green and pink vibrate at the same frequency as the heart chakra giving it added strength and vibrancy. Enjoy!

The colors for the heart chakra are green and pink, both featured in this delicious smoothie. Greens and cruciferous veggies support the heart on the physical level, while the colors green and pink vibrate at the same frequency as the heart chakra giving it added strength and vibrancy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup peeled cucumber chunks
1 cup strawberries, stemmed and chopped
Plus one strawberry chopped in half to garnish
3 tbs. hemp hearts, plus a few more for garnish
1 teaspoon Spirulina
1 cup nut/seed milk of choice (preferably homemade...I like Brazil nut milk in this recipe)
1/2 cup coconut water
*optional: 1/2 cup Rose tea or one more 1/2 cup coconut water
*if you want it sweeter add one pre-soaked date...I'm just trying to cut down on sugar

Method:

Place all ingredients, except for garnish berry and hemp hearts, into a blender and blend on high speed until smooth (about 1 minute).

Then pour into your favorite glass and garnish with remaining ingredients.

Sip and enjoy!

 

Cumin Coriander Fennel Detox Tea

 Sipping this tea throughout the day is a great way to detox your lymphatic system while burning off excess water weight. It's mighty tasty too!

Sipping this tea throughout the day is a great way to detox your lymphatic system while burning off excess water weight. It's mighty tasty too!

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp. coriander seed
1/4 tsp. cumin seed
1/4 tsp. fennel seed
1 1/2 cups filtered and boiled water

Method:

Place all the seeds in a tea ball (or put them straight in your tea cup) and put into a mug. Pour the hot water over the tea and allow to steep for at least 5 minutes. Allow the tea to cool to a comfortable temperature and enjoy!

*If not using a tea ball, strain out the seeds before drinking your tea.

Raspberry Rose Smoothie

Yum. A whisper of doTERRA's Geranium essential oil is the secret ingredient in this delectable smoothie!
Yum. A whisper of doTERRA's Geranium essential oil is the secret ingredient in this delectable smoothie!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup coconut milk
1/2-1 cup filtered water
1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder
6-8 drops liquid stevia (or a date if you'd rather use fruit to sweeten)
1 drop doTERRA geranium essential oil
1 teaspoon Solay Superfoods SuperFruit C Powder
2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder (I like Solay's Superfood Strength)

Method:

Put all ingredients into your high speed blender and blend to smithereens!

Pour into your favorite mason jar and enjoy!

*A nice touch is to garnish your smoothie with dried rose petals, available at most health food stores in the bulk aisle.

Ginger Peach Smoothie Redux

Sweet, creamy, and a hint of tang! This is a delicious way to start a summer day.
Sweet, creamy, and a hint of tang! This is a delicious way to start a summer day.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach
1 large, or 2 medium (ripe!) peaches
1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 inch-long hunk of fresh ginger, peeled
1 pinch ground turmeric
1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 cups pure water

Method:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend to smithereens.

Pour into your favorite mason jar and enjoy!

*If you want to make your smoothie a little juicier, leave out 1/4-1 of one of your peaches before blending, chop it up and add it to the smoothie once your other ingredients have been smoothified. Just a tasty little variation!

Raspberry Cashew Smoothie

Get your fruits, veggies, protein and healthy fats from this delicious smoothie!
Get your fruits, veggies, protein and healthy fats from this delicious smoothie!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen and thawed, divided
2 tablespoons Solay Superfood Superfood Meal
1 teaspoon Solay Superfood Superfruit C
1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter (or 1 handful cashews)
5 drops stevia (optional)
2 cups water or nut/seed milk
1 tbs. hemp hearts

Method:

Place all ingredients, but for 1/4 cup raspberries and hemp hearts, in a blender and blend to smithereens!

Pour into a glass and add the remaining raspberries and hemp hearts. Enjoy!

*Note: you can also use 1 cup coconut water in place of 1 cup water and ditch the stevia if you'd prefer.

Spicy Apple Smoothie

Don't let the cool weather deter you from green smoothie-ing! Add a pinch of ginger and/or cayenne pepper to your smoothie to keep your digestion strong and taste buds happy!

Ingredients:

1 medium apple, cored 1 cup filtered water 1/2 cup coconut milk 3-6 tbs. Solay Sacred Strength Protein Powder (or your favorite protein powder, or 3-6 tbs. raw pepitas) 1 cup fresh spinach, blanched 1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil (or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger) *optional: 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Method:

Place all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve and enjoy!

Celery Melon Cooler

  As summer winds down, enjoy this cooling, sweet drink!

Ingredients:

10 celery stalks, de-stringed 1-2 cups honeydew or Santa Claus melon 1/2 (or 1 if you like it more tart) lime, de-rinded 2-4 sprigs basil 1 drop doTERRA lemon or lime essential oil *optional: 1/2 cup filtered water

Method:

Place all ingredients but essential oil in your juicer. Juice. Place in a glass jar (with a lid) add your essential oil and optional water. Shake it up to mix it all together. Sip to your heart’s content!

Or, place all ingredients in your high-powered juicer. Add 1 cup filtered water. Blend to smithereens. Strain over a glass. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Celery: Celery is jam-packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But also contains phytonutrients that are shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and protect the digestive tract. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Honeydew: This melon is a plentiful source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruit, which means it can help us to fight off unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including 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 cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

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.

 

 

Heirloom Tomato and Golden Plum Salad

Enjoy the best of summer with this spicy, sweet, savory salad!

Ingredients:

Salad: 2-3 cups fresh baby arugula, lightly tossed in olive oil 2-3 heirloom tomatoes of different colors, cut into 1/4-inch slabs and lightly salted 3-4 small golden (or purple) plums, cut into wedges 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped Pansies, marigolds, and/or fresh berries for garnish

Dressing: 1/4 cup grapeseed or mild olive oil Juice of 1/4 lemon 3 Tbs. balsmic vinegar 5 ripe blackberries 1 drop lemon doTERRA essential oil Salt to taste *Optional: 1/2 tsp. honey if you like sweeter dressing

Method:

Salad: Plate a small handful of arugula on a plate Stack a few slabs of heirloom tomato on the side of the arugula Top tomatoes with a few wedges of plum Scatter a few pistachios over the whole salad Salt to taste

Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add a few berries or a little more oil to reach desired consistency.

Finish: Drizzle dressing over the salad. Adorn the plate with fresh flowers and berries for extra beauty and deliciousness. Bon apetít!

Benefits:

Arugula: Arugula is a rich source of folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and B-complexes (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, which are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions). This is a low-cal lettuce leaf that packs a nutritional wallop, so don’t be afraid to ask for a second helping! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Blackberries: Blackberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They contain powerful anti-oxidants which help soothe internal inflammation, boost heart and digestive health. They also abound with vitamin K, which helps with maintain healthy blood and bones. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including 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 cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Pistachios: These nuts are rich with antioxidants, phytosterols, unsaturated fats, vitamin B-6, and thiamin. 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.

Tomato: Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain high amounts of manganese and vitamin E. Multiple studies have shown that tomatoes are wonderful for heart health. See here for more health benefits of tomatoes. Heirloom varieties of any flora and fauna are dear to my heart. I’ll write more about this later. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.