5-Taste Delicata Squash Rings

Sweet, tart, salty, spicy, and astringent! Allow all the flavors to tantalize your taste buds. This makes an excellent side dish.
Sweet, tart, salty, spicy, and astringent! Allow all the flavors to tantalize your taste buds. This makes an excellent side dish.

Ingredients:

2 medium delicata squashes, scrubbed, cut into 1"-thick wedges or rings, seeded 7 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 1/2 tsp. powdered cumin seed, divided Sea salt, freshly ground pepper 2 tbs. fresh lime juice 1-2 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil 1-2 tbs. tahini (sesame seed paste) 1 little pinch powdered Chimayao chile powder or crushed red pepper flakes 1 tbs. fresh chopped mint (you could also use basil or another fresh herb of your choice, but mint is yummy!)

Method:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet.

Toss the squash with 4 tbs. of olive oil and the cumin, then season the squash with salt and pepper. Toss until well-combined and roast for 25-30 minutes (time may vary depending on squash).

Meanwhile, whisk lime juice, essential oil, tahini, chile, and remaining olive oil in a small bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer squash to a platter. Gently toss the squash in the tahini mixture and sprinkle with the freshly chopped mint. Serve and enjoy!

Roasted Squash Bowls with Maple Spiced Yogurt

Roasted squash halves make the perfect bowl for your favorite sweet or savory treat! This is my favorite breakfast these days.
Roasted squash halves make the perfect bowl for your favorite sweet or savory treat! This is my favorite breakfast these days.

Ingredients:

1/2 of a roasted sweet winter squash (I used acorn)
1/2-1 cup full fat organic Greek yogurt
1 tbs. maple syrup (or more to taste)
1 drop doTERRA cinnamon or cardamom essential oil Handful of chopped pecans Pinch of cinnamon for garnish

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients but for the squash and pecans together. Place the spicy yogurt mixture in the squash half. Sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon. Enjoy!

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!

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks

These are hearty pancakes, folks. Serve them with maple syrup for an extra sweet treat, otherwise they're pretty darn delish with a simple pat of salted butter. Yummo!
These are hearty pancakes, folks. Serve them with maple syrup for an extra sweet treat, otherwise they're pretty darn delish with a simple pat of salted butter. Yummo!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil)
pinch of ginger root powder
pinch of sea salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (or nut milk of your choice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbs. lemon juice Zest of half a lemon
Grated apple, about 1 cup
*Optional 1/4-1/2 cup chopped pecans
Ghee or coconut oil to cook the pancakes

Method:

Combine the wet ingredients (except for the apple) and whisk until smooth.

Combine dry ingredients (except the pecans) and gently fold into the wet ingredients.

Add the apple and the pecans and gently fold them into the batter.

Warm ghee/coconut oilin a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour a few tbs. pancake batter onto skillet (I usually aim for about 3 so they don’t stick together).

Pancakes will form little bubbles. When bubbles open (this can take up to a few minutes), flip pancakes over and cook the other side (for about 30 seconds-1 minute).

Plate your pancakes.

Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Serve with more grated apple, ghee, grassfed butter, maple syrup, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Pick-Me-Up Green Juice

A little zingy, a little sweet, this veggie-based juice is a great way to revive yourself.

Ingredients:

2 medium carrots, tops chopped off 1/2 apple, cored and sliced into wedges 3 celery stalks, de-stringed 2.5 cups fresh spinach 1 inch hunk of fresh ginger, peeled 1/2 lemon, de-rinded 1 drop lemon essential oil *optional: up to 1/2 cup fresh, purified 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:

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.

Carrot: Carrots are well known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient, beta-carotene, which is GREAT for our eye health. However, these root vegetables are also a great source of a variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K. Studies have shown their effectiveness in the prevention of colon cancer, and their benefits to our cardiovascular 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.

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.

Lemon: Lemons 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 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.

Spinach: Spinach is a rich source of vitamin K (think blood builder/purifier!), vitamins A, C, B2 and B6, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Popeye apparently knew how to protect himself against inflammatory problems and oxidative stress-related issues, while promoting his cardiovascular and bone health. AND he got the girl! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Baby Kale Salad

Baby kale is slightly sweet and buttery, so best to keep it simple with fewer companion ingredients. Enjoy!  

Ingredients:

A few bountiful handfuls of fresh baby kale, washed *Optional: a few crumbles or shavings of a hard cheese like Pecorino or Parmesan 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1/4 small lemon 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, lemon essential oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper in the bottom of your salad bowl. Whisk together.

Add the kale leaves and toss to coat.

Sprinkle with optional cheese.

Enjoy!

Benefits:

Kale: Kale is a powerful green which has been proven to help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of various types of cancer including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. It has powerful detoxifying properties and is an excellent source of vitamins C, K, and A. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon: Lemons 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 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.

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.

Rosemary: This delicious herb contains compounds that can help boost immune system, increase circulation, and improve digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

 

Pan Fried Tilapia and "Instant" Slaw

Need dinner, pronto? I made this in 20 minutes, start to finish. You can too!

Ingredients:

Fish: 2 good-sized fresh wild tilapia filets 2 tablespoons almond or coconut flour Salt and pepper to taste Ghee for frying

Tartar Sauce: 4 tablespoons mayo Juice of 1/4 lemon 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish 1 teaspoon capers Teeny pinch cayenne pepper Salt and pepper to taste

Slaw: 1/4 of a small to medium head green cabbage 1/2 an apple Teeny splash apple cider vinegar Juice of 1/4 lemon 3 tablespoons mayo or Greek yogurt (or 1/2 and half) Teen sprinkle of organic sugar or sweeter of choice 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Fish: Rinse tilapia fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with a little almond flour.

Heat the ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tilapia until the fish flakes easily with a fork (about 4 minutes per side.)

Top with tartar sauce and serve with a lemon wedge.

Tartar Sauce: Make this ahead.

Combine all ingredients. When fish is ready, place a little dollop on each fillet.

Slaw: While fish is cooking (if you are capable of multi-tasking...if not, make this first and let it sit while fish is cooking), finely slice cabbage into 1/8-inch shreds and place in a large mixing bowl.

Core the 1/2 apple and slice in 1/8 slices.

Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, salt, sweetener, and mayo in a large measuring cup. Whisk until smooth.

Add to the prepped vegetables and mix well.

Serve alongside the fish, or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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.

Cabbage: Cabbage is a powerful cancer fighter and lowerer (new word?) of cholesterol. It contains massive amounts of Vitamin A and is a good source of Vitamin C. While purple cabbage is more nutrient dense than the lighter green varieties (due to their added phytonutrients), all varieties are nutritional powerhouses. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon: Lemons 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 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.

Tilapia: This is a low calorie, low fat fish with a mild flavor. Try to find wild-caught, if possible. If not, then at least try to get farm raised tilapia from a country with strict policies on quality control (such as the U.S.). See here for more health information and nutritional info.

Ginger Peach Smoothie

Hot enough for ya? Cool off with this tasty ginger peach smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 frozen peach, chopped with VERY SHARP KNIFE into 1/8ths 1 cup homemade almond milk 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled, 1 large handful blanched spinach (or raw if you're into that sort of thing) 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or a handful of soaked almonds or cashews) 1/2 drop doterra ginger oil

Method:

Put all ingredients into blender and blend to smithereens.

*Note: 1 whole drop of essential oil might be too much for the sensitive palate, so dip a clean toothpick in the ginger oil, and stir it into the other ingredients before blending.

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.

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.

Ginger Essential Oil: Ginger is a powerful analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, and stumulant. It provides tremendous benefits to the digestive system, and can also be used as an expectorant and decongestant. Ginger can also help provide relief from coughs and sore throats. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Peach: Peaches are high in a number of nutrients such as niacin, thiamine, potassium, and calcium. They are also high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A (which is essential for healthy hearts and eyes). Some say the darker the peach’s color, the richer it is in Vitamin A. The antioxidants may also help in maintaining healthy urinary and digestive functions. Eastern cultures consider peach tea as a powerful kidney cleanser and is used in detoxification. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Spinach: Spinach is a rich source of vitamin K (think blood builder/purifier!), vitamins A, C, B2 and B6, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Popeye apparently knew how to protect himself against inflammatory problems and oxidative stress-related issues, while promoting his cardiovascular and bone health. AND he got the girl! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Sliced Spring Radishes with Herbed Cream Cheese

Enjoy the flavors of spring with garden fresh radishes and herbs in a swirl of cream cheese.  

Ingredients:

5 fresh radishes (the wider the better) 1/4 cup organic cream cheese (full fat, please!) 3 mint leaves 5 basil leaves A little sprig of rosemary A little sprig of tarragon Any other herbs you'd like to include 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil A pinch of sea salt

Method:

Scrub and de-stem the radishes. Cut them into quarter-inch thick "coins."

Lightly salt your radish coins.

Rinse and mince the herbs, and stir them into the cream cheese until well-mixed.

Slather the cream cheese mixture onto the radish coins (to taste), serve with a sprig of the herb of your chose as garnish and 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.

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.

Peppermint: Peppermint is a good source of vitamins C and A, as well as manganese and copper. It is also great for the digestion and has antimicrobial properties. See here for more health benefits.

Radish: These easy-to-grow root veggies are a good source of riboflavin, bitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, copper and manganese. They're also low in cholesterol and high in dietary fiber. See here for more nutritional information.

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.

Minty Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is minty fresh.

Ingredients:

1-2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into coins 1/4 small cantaloupe, de-seeded, de-rinded, and cut into 1" hunks 1 cup strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced 1 grapefruit, peeled, and sectioned (then peel each section so that all that remains is the glistening flesh) 4 mint leaves, minced Juice from 1/4 lemon 1 drop doTERRA lemon oil

Method:

Gently toss all ingredients together until fruit is coated with lemon and mintiness.

Serve and enjoy.

Double or triple the recipe if you have more than 1-2 hungry hippos partaking of your masterpiece fruit salad, and feel free to get creative with what fruits you add.

Benefits:

Cantaloupe: 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.

Grapefruit: This citrus fruit is packed with Vitamins C and A. The pink varieties are an excellent source of the phytonutrient, lycopene, which has been touted for its ability to battle cancer-causing free radicals. Grapefruits also contain phytonutrients called "limonoids" which help inhibit tumor formation and growth. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Kiwi: This little antioxidant-packed gem abounds with vitamins C, K, and E. It's also a great source of copper and dietary fiber. A very tasty way to support your heart, lungs, and colon! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon: Lemons 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 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.

Peppermint: Peppermint is a good source of vitamins C and A, as well as manganese and copper. It is also great for the digestion and has antimicrobial properties. See here for more health benefits.

Digestion Fixer Elixir

Got gut woes? This green juice will fix you right up. Anytime you have tummy trouble, this juice can help you get back on track. This delightful combo of ingredients help to promote healthy digestion, soothe inflammation, calm nausea, and get you back to feeling good. It's a pretty mild juice with a touch of sweet from the pear and little kick of spice with doTERRA's ginger essential oil (or a little hunk of fresh ginger). Happy belly to you!

A dab will do you on the ginger oil and the aloe juice! Both are powerful medicine.

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, peeled and quartered 4 celery sticks, de-stringed 1 pear, quartered and cored 1/2 lemon, de-rinded 1 splash fresh aloe juice (I like Lakewood Organic) 1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil

Method:

Place all ingredients but aloe juice and essential oil in your juicer. Juice. Place in a glass jar (with a lid) add your aloe and essential oil. 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:

Aloe Juice: The aloe vera plant abounds with vitamins, minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids. It is particularly helpful to aid with digestive ailments (constipation, gas, bloating), inflammation (internal and external). Research also shows that aloe vera juice can help deter cancer (particularly colon cancer), stroke and heart attack. See here for more health benefits.

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.

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 Essential Oil: Ginger is a powerful analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, and stumulant. It provides tremendous benefits to the digestive system, and can also be used as an expectorant and decongestant. Ginger can also help provide relief from coughs and sore throats. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Lemon: Lemons 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.

Pear: This lovely-shaped fruit abounds with copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and other cancer fighting phytonutrients. They are also extremely high in fiber and are considered to be easily digestible, so cane be great for gut health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

*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 batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Roasted Cauliflower and Apple Bisque

Enjoy this warm soup during the winter months, or serve chilled in the summer! January is a lovely time to give your digestion a rest from heavy foods. Pureed soups and bisques are the answer! They allow you to feel warm and nourished without feeling like a lead weight in your tummy. This is a nice recipe because it includes cauliflower, one of the shining stars of the cruciferous vegetable family. It's a gentle detoxifier, is packed with antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory. Sooooo, eat it. A lot.

Cheers to a happy belly and a happy body!

Ingredients:

1 Head cauliflower, chopped into florets 1-2 Apples, (I like honeycrisps or pink ladies) cored and sliced 1 Onion, de-skinned and chopped into eighths 2-ish cloves garlic, peeled Salt and ground pepper to taste 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1-2 drops doTERRA ginger essential oil Sprinkle of ground nutmeg to garnish *Optional: truffle oil or sour cream (NOT BOTH!) to garnish

Method:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place cauliflower, apples, ginger, and garlic in roasting pan and toss with salt, pepper, and oil, and toss to coat.

Roast for 30-40 minutes, tossing the vegetables about half way through, until the cauliflower is lightly browned and the onion is tender.

Transfer the veggies to a blender and add the stock. Add the ginger oil. Blend until creamy.

Transfer contents of the blender to a soup pan (or stock pot) to gently reheat the puree.

Add a little salt and pepper to taste and serve with a touch of ground nutmeg.

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.

Cauliflower: Holy antioxidants! Need a gentle cleanse, this is your veggie. Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, as well as phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and quercetin (think cell detox and protection!). See here for more nutritional information and health 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.

Ginger Essential Oil: Ginger is a powerful analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, and stumulant. It provides tremendous benefits to the digestive system, and can also be used as an expectorant and decongestant. Ginger can also help provide relief from coughs and sore throats. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

*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 batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Geranium Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Rose Petals

photo Instead of fruitcake and candy canes, why not try a different kind of dessert that is sure to put everyone in a good mood? This chocolate bark recipe includes a drop of doTERRA's geranium essential oil, which is known for its ability to put even Scrooge in a good mood. Plus, the salty sweet combo is sure to please any palate, even this guy!

"Bah! Humbug! Oh, wait...Did someone say geranium chocolate bark? Yes please!"

Have a happy holiday, and don't forget to pass the chocolate!

Ingredients:

1 bar of organic, fair trade, chocolate (preferably 70-80% cacao) 1-2 drops doTERRA geranium essential oil Flake sea salt or pink Himalayan salt 1 hefty pinch ground cardamom *Optional: 1/2 cup shelled roasted and salted pistachios

Method:

Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper.

Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Place chocolate peices in the pan and melt slowly, constantly stirring to ensure even melting.

When chocolate is completely melted and smooth, turn off the burner (about 2-3 minutes).

Add the drop or two of doTERRA geranium essential oil and stir until well-blended.

Mix in a pinch of cardamom.

Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet. With flexible rubber spatula spread into an 8×10 rectangle about 1/4 inch-ish thick.

Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, dried rose petals, and (optional) pistachios.

Refrigerate (or put outside if the weather is cool enough) and chill until firm (about 20-30 minutes)

*Refrigerate up to 5 days (if it last that long…which it won’t).

Benefits:

Cacao (Chocolate): 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.

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.

Geranium Essential Oil: Geranium is analgesic, antidepressant, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, and a tonic for the liver and kidneys. Geranium is also a hormone-balancing oil, and provides a sense of security and comfort. 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.

*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 batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Homemade Coconut Milk (and Bonus Eggnog Recipe!)

Coconut milk is an excellent base for smoothies, chai, puddings, soups, and tons of other dishes and drinks. I've been a smidge obsessed with coconut products of late (see below for "benefits" of this lovely "nut). After spending way too much money on canned coconut milk, and trying to figure out how to avoid canned foods (BPA, a pretty icky, hormone-disrupting toxin found in the lining of most cans is worth avoiding when possible. Check this out if you'd like to learn more), I realized that it would be extremely easy, healthful, and cost effective to make my own.

For those avoiding dairy and nuts, this is a lovely milk replacement, and can be used in any recipe that calls for milk. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2-2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut 4 cups water Pinch sea salt

Other optional ingredients: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1-2 pitted medjool dates 1 cup of berries of your choice 1 teaspoon honey and some spices like cardamom, nutmeg, or turmeric 1 teaspoon honey and a drop of your favorite doTERRA essential oil such as wild orange, peppermint, cinnamon, black pepper, etc.

Method:

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.

Begin blending on low speed, then switch to high speed. Blend for at least two minutes, or until the milk is creamy.

Use cheesecloth, a nut milk bag, or a strainer to strain (collecting the pulp for future use) into a large jar.

Keep the coconut milk in the fridge for up to 4 days for best flavor and texture.

*Note: it could separate, so just shake it up before use for the best flavor and texture.

*Note: You can also heat the water (not boil!) before blending to help release the creaminess of the coconut. Try it both ways and see if you can taste/feel a difference.

*Note: You can use the reserved coconut pulp for all kinds of recipes, including smoothies, puddings, pancakes, soups, sauces, etc. Try adding it to this Blueberry Chia Pudding recipe.

To Make Raw and Dairy Free Eggnog:

Ingredients:

2 cups coconut milk

1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

4 egg yolks (pastured farm-fresh eggs preferred)

2-4 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon oil

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly grated, if ya got it)

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

Process on high speed for 2 minutes until egg yolks are fully incorporated.

Serve chilled. (If you are a partaker of “spirits,” add a splash of spiced rum or bourbon.)

Add some freshly grated nutmeg on top, and voilá! Holiday cheer in a cup!

Benefits:

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.

*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.

Mahvelous Gift Guide 2013

Give your loved ones meaningful gifts this year, or just give them a hug and a kiss and tell them that you love them. 'Tis the season to be jolly! (Isn't it always?) To celebrate, here are a few gift ideas for your beloveds. Instead of buying a ton of things that our friends and family don't even need, that will likely end up in a landfill in a few years anyway, why not make your own gifts? And if that's not an option, here are a few other sustainable and/or experiential gift ideas that are sure to express your love and gratitude to the special folks in your life.

Just click on the image for more about each! May you have a blessed holiday season, surrounded by people you love, and who love you.

For Just About Anyone: doTERRA Essential Oils

Contribute to the health and well-being of your friends and family with doTERRA's certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. They can be used as personal fragrance, but can also help heal a host of other health conditions.

For the Poet: Handmade Journal

Katherine Loeffler (Full Disclosure: YES, she's my Mom. AND she is an extremely talented bookbinder) creates beautiful hand-made journals and other goodies. Check out her amazing selection of paper goods for the poets and dreamers in your life.

For the Eco Diva: Unique Handmade Sustainably Sourced Jewelry

Who doesn't love unique handmade jewelry. This artist sources her makins sustainably for eco-friendlier personal adornments.

For the Spiritual Book Worm:

Council of Light Book

For the Health Nut: Breville Juicer

Juice. One of the most nutritious and delicious substances there is. Have a health nut friend? They will be forever indebted to you for this gift! (Maybe they'll make you free juice for life!)

For the Chocolate Lover: Make Your Own Chocolate Bark

Make your loved ones some therapeutic chocolate bark! Try lavender macadamia or cinnamon with toasted almonds and dark cherries. Yum!

For the Chic Yogini: SENSE Clothing

For she who loves to live in yoga pants, but still wants to look glamorous at all times. SENSE's chic attire has beautiful lines and is like heaven to wear, from yoga mat and beyond!

For the Frazzled Friend: A Massage

There are few gifts that are more nourishing than a massage. Google spas and massage therapists in your area and make someone's holiday extremely special and relaxing!

For the Modern Correspondent: Eco-Friendly Hand-letter-pressed Stationery

Julia Fullerton is a beautiful and talented stationary designer. Check out her various hand-letter-pressed designs. All her stationary is made from 100% recycled paper! She even makes custom designs.

For the Special Someone: M.Y.O. Specialized Coupon Book

For that special guy (or gal!) in your life, make a coupon book of experiences you think they might enjoy. Also include household chore cards (because really, who wants to take out the trash and do the dishes ALL the time). You can also get a little more playful and add "favors," if you feel so, ahem, generous. It'll be perfectly tailored to them, and will absolutely be a gift they'll never forget!

For the Child: An Experiential Gift

The last thing a kiddo needs is more "stuff" to clutter their closet and mind. How about inviting them to experience something new and exciting? Here are a few ideas: teach them to bake a cake, take them on a "magical" forest adventure, or to your local zoo or aquarium. Get creative. What did you like to do as a child? Help them build memories of feeling inspired and loved.

For The Yogi/ni: Yoga with Me!

    I'm offering a slew of new yoga classes come the New Year, so why not give the gift of yoga? From punch passes to private sessions, I have offerings for everyone. Please get in touch for pricing information.

For Mother Earth: Make a Donation to the Pachamama Alliance

Do something nice for your Mother. The Pachamama Alliance combines indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge for a just, sustainable, and thriving world.

For Everyone Else: Make Your Own Candles

Who doesn't need a candle now and again? Personalize this gift with essential oils to suit the recipient's personality. It's super to easy to make your own, and you can even make extra for your own holiday gift!

What are your most memorable gifts? I'd love to hear! Happy holidays, and may you have many blessings in the New Year!