Raw Stone Fruit Pudding

This recipe is too easy and tasty not to share! Peel the fruit for creamier texture, but it's just as tasty with the skin on!

Ingredients:

Flesh from one ripe avocado 1 large, or 2 medium (ripe!) peaches, pit(s) removed 2 ripe apricots, pits removed 2 tablespoons coconut milk 1 teaspoon lemon juice *8 drops liquid stevia or 1 soaked date if you want sweeter pudding *Splash coconut water for thinner consistency (optional)

Method:

Place all ingredients, but 1/2 of your apricot (sliced), into a food processor/blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into your serving dish and adorn with your reserved apricot slices.

Allow to chill for at least 15 minutes (or if you're super hungry, eat immediately!) Serve and enjoy!

Spiced Turmeric Latte

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Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened nut or seed milk ½ cup hot water 1 tsp. ground turmeric 1 tbs. sesame seeds (or 1 teaspoon tahini) 1 tsp. raw local honey (or a few drops of stevia, or  black strap molasses if you're looking for extra iron and like the taste) A sprinkle of black pepper (or 1 drop doTERRA black pepper oil) 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon) Sprinkle of cinnamon

Method:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

Place liquid in a small pot and warm over low heat until hot but not boiling.

Pour the liquid into a mug or heat-safe jar and sprinkle with cinnamon to taste. Sip and enjoy!

Spiced Banana Seed Granola

This granola is a delightful by the handful, or atop yogurt or chia pudding. Great for anyone who can't stomach nuts but crave granola!

This recipe was inspired by Dr. Kristen Lum at Rivergate Natural Healthcare.

Ingredients:

2 cups raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) 2 cups raw sunflower seeds 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds 1/4 cup raw flax seeds

3 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3 drops doTERRA cardamom essential oil 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 medium/large sized bananas

10 fresh dates, soaked or 1/4 cup honey/vegan sweetener 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 2 tbs. water 1 tbs. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. salt

Optional: 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup banana chips (we used unsweetened, either would work) 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional (Enjoy Life are good)

Method:

Soak the fresh dates in room temp water for 2-3 hours, remove the pits. If you use dried dates the soaking time will be longer.

Preheat oven to 200-250 degrees

In a large bowl, combine all the seeds and toss to combine.

In a blender or food processor, add the bananas, soaked dates or honey, oil, essential oils, spices, water, and vanilla extract. Puree until smooth.

Pour the banana mixture and salt over the seed mixture and toss the ingredients until well-combined. (Hands and/or a spatula are good for this job.)

Spread the new mixture evenly on two cookie sheets that have been lined with cooking parchment.

Bake in a 200-250 degree oven till crispy (about an hour, but will vary by oven). If you prefer Raw granola, use a dehydrator instead of the oven.

When the granola is crispy, remove from the oven and let cool. The granola will get crispier as it cools.

If using, add the banana chips, raisins, chocolate chips to cooled granola, toss to combine.

Store in an air tight container. We keep ours in the fridge. Makes about 5 cups of granola.

 

Sardine and Avocado Salad

Lots of protein and healthful fats to keep you sated throughout the day!

Ingredients:

1 avocado, cut in half and pitted 2 cans sardines (packed in water in a BPA-free can!), drained 2 tbs. mayo of your choice 1 celery stick, de-stringed and finely chopped 2 tbs. fresh chopped flat parsley 1 tsp. chopped capers Salt and pepper to taste 1-2 cups greens of your choice (mixed, spinach, baby kale...)

Method:

Plate 1-2 beds of greens (depending on if you're sharing your lunch or not).

Scoop the flesh, in its entirety, of the avocado halves onto each plate, pit side facing up to create a little bowl (optional step to scoop the flesh out).

Mix the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl until well-combined.

Scoop equal parts of the sardine salad into your two avo bowls.

Garnish with any remaining flat parsley and enjoy!

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

May you enjoy the sweetness of this life! Here's a quick and easy recipe to fulfill your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup  cashews (raw or roasted and salted) 2/3 cup gluten free oats 1/3 cup shredded coconut 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons almond butter 1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips Hefty pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg *Optional: add a splash of almond milk if your dough isn't sticking together well. JUST A SPLASH! *Optional: mini-pinch sea salt if you're not using roasted salted cashews

Method:

Blend the cashews, oats, and coconut in a food processor until you've created a fine-ish powder.

Add the syrup, vanilla extract, and almond butter and blend again until it sticks together to form a dough. Add the splash of almond milk if it doesn't turn dough-y.

Add the chocolate chips and pulse briefly or mix in by hand.

Roll the dough into little balls and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, or in a pyrex food container. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 3o minutes. 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!

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 oil  in 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!

Paleo Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

Yum. That's all. These babycakes are packed with protein, good fat, and flavor! Plus they're a breeze to make. Next time you have a lazy morning or need a protein packed breakfast, try them out!

Ingredients:

2 eggs 1-2 tbs. organic molasses 1 tbs. organic vanilla extract ½ cup full fat coconut milk 1 cup blueberries 1 ½ cups almond flour ½ tsp. sea salt 1 pinch powdered cardamom 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (or 1 pinch cinnamon) ½ tsp. baking soda Ghee or coconut oil for cooking

Method:

Combine eggs, molasses, vanilla, and coconut milk, and whisk until smooth.

Add almond flour, salt, spices, and baking soda, and whisk again to incorporate dry ingredients into batter.

Add your the blueberries and fold into the batter.

Warm ghee in 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 (about 1.5 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 blueberries, ghee, grassfed butter, shredded coconut, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Summer Melon and Avocado Pudding

This pudding is cool, creamy, and utterly refreshing.

Ingredients:

1 avocado, just the flesh 2 cups ripe de-rinded melon (honeydew or Santa Claus melons are nice because their pale green flesh lends to the delicate hue of the pudding) 1/4 cup coconut milk 1 tsp. lemon juice Teeny pinch salt *Optional: honey to taste if you like it even sweeter

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

You might need to stop the blender and stir the ingredients with a spatula a couple times just to ensure even blending.

Place in a container and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (if you can wait that long!)

Serve and enjoy!

*Optional: Serve with a little wedge of lemon...squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over your bowl and enjoy!

Benefits:

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cantaloupe/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.

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.

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.

 

Simple Raw Brownie Bites

Chill these tasty bites for a chewy chocolatey treat!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw almonds 2/3 cup raw walnuts 1-2 tbs. almond butter Pinch of salt 3/4 cup pitted dates 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

*optional: 1 drop doTERRA wild orange essental oil and a little orange zest *optional: 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract *optional fun add ins: cacao nibs, paleo chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dried cherries or blueberries, cinnamon, cardamom

Method:

Place nuts, nut butter, and salt in a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.

Add the dates, cocoa powder (and vanilla, essential oils, spices, or other add-ins if using) to the bowl. Mix all ingredients until well combined. While the food processor is running, you can add a little water, a few drops at a time, to help the dough stick together.

Use your hands to form 1-inch (or littler) balls and place them in an airtight container. Allow them to chill for at least an hour (trust me, they're delicious cold!).

They will keep for up to a week. Bon apetít!

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Paleo Mayo

This paleo mayo is a delicious addition to chicken salad, whitefish salad, sammies, and wraps. Yum!

This recipe was adapted from Nom Nom Paleo.

Not everyone loves mayo. But I am not one of those people. Homemade mayonnaise has a special place in my heart, and my chicken salad. Our dear friend, Chef Victor came to visit recently, and I asked him to show me how to make this splendid condiment. He obliged, and my life has been forever changed. Gone are the days of me wandering the aisles at the grocery store (well, that still happens... A LOT), wondering what kind of mayo to purchase. I'm not a big fan of mainstream "real" mayo, because it contains eggs and soy bean oil from goodness-knows-where (factory farms and genetically modified soy, anyone?). And the vegan variety just doesn't do it for me. So, what better way to know what kind of nourishment goes in your body? You guessed it! Make your own.

Make sure your ingredients are all at room temperature before you begin.

And patience, young grasshoppa. Mayo can be tricky. Add the first bit of oil sloooooowwwwwly. Like one drop at a time. Then you can start to add the oil a little faster, and the end result is well worth it. Bon appetit!

Ingredients:

1 egg (organic, pasture raised, pretty please!) 1 egg yolk (organic, pasture raised, pretty please!) 1 cup of oil, divided (you can use light olive, melted coconut, avocado, macadamia, almond, or walnut...but note it WILL affect the flavor, so pick something neutral and/or a flavor your favor) Juice of half a lemon or lime (about 2-3 teaspoons) A generous pinch of salt One to two drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil

Optional ingredients: Kick it up a notch with some other flavorings like a teaspoon of mustard, some ground black or cayenne pepper, or other herbs and spices. When the mayo is made, add a few tablespoons of pesto for a ridiculously delicious aioli.

Method:

Place all the ingredients, except the oil, in a blender.

Mix on "medium" until all the ingredients are well blended.

Then begin to pour 1/4 cup of the oil, a couple drops at a time. The mayo will begin to emulsify.

Then slowly add the second 1/4 cup of oil (at about the same rate). Then add the last 1/4 cup of oil all at once. Continue to blend until the mayo has emulsified completely (another 30 seconds-ish).

Add any other salt or seasonings to taste, then transfer to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

It's ready to eat, or you can leave it in the fridge overnight to let it thicken.

Use within a week of making.

Health Benefits:

Coconut Oil: 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.

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.

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: 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.

*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.

Coconut Bliss Bars

Coconut bliss bars are the yummiest snack EVER. They can also double as dessert.

This recipe was inspired by Stephanie Eusebi Nutrition & Wellness.

Looking to make a nice dessert or energy boosting snack? This recipe is super simple and delicious. Feel free to add other types of nuts or dried fruit to appeal to any palate. I added pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) to this batch and it was delish!

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded or flaked coconut
1/2-3/4 cup dark chocolate or carob chips (preferably a brand with no refined sugar)
1 egg
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
teeny pinch cinnamon
teeny pinch nutmeg
1 pinch sea salt
*Optional: If you like them a little sweeter, feel free to add a few tablespoons of maplesyrup to the mix

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

Whisk the eggs.

Whisk the melted coconut oil into the egg mixture.

Add in the vanilla, coconut, and chocolate chips (and optional maple syrup) and combine until well-mixed.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the top and edges are golden and crispy.

Allow to cool (if you have the willpower!). Slice off a piece and enjoy!

Benefits:

Cacao: (Dark 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.

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.

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.

Action Packed Trail Mix

Spring has sprung! Time to hit the trail (mix)! My über adorable nephew was just here visiting, and I needed to come up with some energy-boosting snacks, stat. When you only have 2 minutes before heading off on an adventure (in our case we went snowshoeing in the high country...had to enjoy the last of the snow!), then this is a perfect treat.

I always have some dried fruit, and crispy (soaked and dehydrated) nuts and seeds on hand, just in case. This time we also added some raw cacao nibs and a few crack almonds chocolate covered almonds to make our mix chocolatey and delicious. Hope you enjoy this special snack and whatever kinds of adventures you can dream up!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup crispy almonds 1/4 cup crispy pecans 1/4 cup golden raisins Hefty sprinkle tart dried cherries Hefty sprinkle cacao nibs Chocolate covered almonds to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and place in a container that can withstand your adventure (I don't recommend glass if you're going hiking, biking, running, etc....But I really hate plastic). Try a wax paper bag if you think it won't get destroyed. Grab a handful as needed 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.

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.

Pecans: Pecans contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, a variety of B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a source of monounsaturated or "good" fat and 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.

Raisin: Raisins are high in fiber witch can aid in relief of constipation. They a good source of iron (thus helping with anemia), arganine (which can enhance libido and aid with sexual weakness). They also contain calcium and boron, both of which are crucial for proper bone health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies...Nom nom

Ok seriously, these cookies have like 5 indgredients, all of which are nutritious and delicious. Next time you get a sweet tooth, I hope you give these a try!

This recipe was inspired by Taylor Made it Paleo.

I've had an insatiable sweet tooth of late, and don't like to load up on refined sugars. So I found this delightful paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe and thought I'd give it a go. Much to my pleasant surprise, these cookies are simple to make and delicious indeed. They're like little, glossy, fluffy, chocolate chippy bites of heaven. You'll see what I mean about "glossy." They've got a little sheen like they've been painted with lacquer. May you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup chunky nut or seed butter (I used almond butter and it was divine.) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts) 1/2-3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (preferably no refined sugar added)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Using a large spoon, scoop the cookie dough into little balls and place them onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (leave ample space between each as they expand).

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Benefits:

In moderation, chocolate chip cookies can be good for the soul.

Meatloaf Patties and Whipped Yams

Is isn't your average "meat-n-taters." This flavor bomb contains lots of protein packs a nutrient punch! Ever notice that when you try to avoid certain foods, then that's all you seem to crave? (Chocolate, booze, cheese, gluten...ring a bell?) There's another, usually more effective, way of eliminating foods from our diets that don't serve us well. It's called "crowding out,"and it means to include all kinds of other delicious foods in your daily diet, so there's very little room (or even craving) of those other foods that you're looking to avoid.

In an effort to stop craving sweets late at night, I've been experimenting with including a few sweet vegetables in my diet. It seems to be working. So, instead of drinking green juice all day, then binging on chocolate late at night (not that that's ever happened....), it's worth including even just a serving or two of sweet vegetables, such as squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots into your daily diet. You might notice that come chocolate thirty in the evening, you are perfectly satiated and would rather drink a cup of tea instead. Voilá! Chocolate crisis averted.

This meal is very hearty. It's a nice combination of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, to keep you feeling fuller longer. To boot, it's a delicious combo. Feel free to get creative with the meat add-ins. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Meat Patties: 1 pound organic (if possible) grassfed ground buffalo or beef 1 egg 1 tablespoon almond flour Big pinch garlic salt 1-2 big pinches sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 medium carrot, shredded 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 1 handful shelled pistachios 1 small handful golden raisins 1 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme 1 tablespoon dried or fresh flat parsley 1 small pinch cayenne pepper 1-2 tablespoons organic Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil for pan sauteing Fresh chopped herbs to garnish (optional)

Method: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place all ingredients, except the ghee or coconut oil, into a bowl and mix until well combined.

Make into single-serving patties.

Heat an oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat.

Sear each side of the patties until browned (a couple minutes each side), then place the pan in the oven until juices run clear (about 5 more minutes).

You can cut a patty in half to check for done-ness. Cook until it's no longer pink in the center. (But try not to overcook, otherwise you will end up with expensive hockey pucks for dinner.)

Whipped Yams: (You can make these ahead and reheat so they're ready when you're meat is done.) 2 medium to large yams, peeled and chopped into 1" hunks 1-2 carrots, peeled (optional) and chopped into 1" hunks 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil Sea salt and pepper to taste

Method: Place a steamer basket in a medium saucepan and fill to the pan with water until it reaches the bottom of the steamer basket.

Place your veggies in the steamer basket, and steam on medium-high heat until they're tender (about 12-15 minutes).

Drain the water from the saucepan and place the still warm veggies in a food processor or blender (or a bowl to mash with a hand-masher) with some ghee or coconut oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend or mash your carrots and taters until creamy.

Return them to your saucepan and heat through until your meat is ready to eat.

Serve the meat patty atop your whipped taters and garnish with fresh herbs (like basil!)

Benefits:

Buffalo: Grass fed buffalo is an excellent source of lean protein, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. It's also high in Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E. See here for more nutritional info.

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.

Yams: A great source of Vitamin B-6, potassium (a mineral that helps to control blood pressure), and manganese. According to Chinese herbal medicine, yams also support kidney function and the female endocrine system. The yam’s composition of complex carbohydrates and fiber make them a great food for maintaining steady blood sugar while helping you feel fuller for longer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

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.

Salty Lime Chile Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)

Grab a handful as a snack or sprinkle over soups and salads!

This recipe was inspired by The Brassica Diaries Blog. 

Ah, winter is upon us. Which means that soups and hearty salads are "fare" game. I discovered these beauties when trying to figure out how to doll up some squash bisque. Perfect combo. But you can also mix these with raisins for a hearty snack or sprinkle them over any other of your autumnal/wintery meal creations for a hint of spice. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) Juice of 1/2 lime 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon chile powder Pinch salt

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375.

Toss all ingredients together to evenly coat the pepitas.

Spread the pepitas onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.

Place in the oven and roast, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking, for about 10-15 minutes, or until most of the pepitas are nicely browned and puffed up.

Use immediately or store in an airtight container and use within a week.

Benefits:

Chile: Ah, the beloved chile. A sacred plant where I come from (New Mexico), this pungent pepper has a myriad of health benefits. The phytonutrients found in chile can fight inflammation, clear congestion, boost your metabolism and immunity, while balancing your blood sugar. 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.

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.

Pepitas and Bisque

Coconut Turmeric Latte

Curl up with a mug of this spicy creamy goodness and stay well through the winter.

This recipe was inspired by my friend Julie and from Mark's Daily Apple.

The first snow has fallen on this beautiful Sunday morning, and I am inspired to stay warm and well for the upcoming holidays. The spice turmeric, commonly used in India to aid in congestion, digestion, and skin issues, is one of the magic ingredients in this immunity building elixir.

Adjust the spices to your taste. Sip a cup to bolster your health. This recipe makes enough for one.

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk (or almond or full fat organic cow's milk)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil ( or 1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped)

Dash of cayenne pepper

Dash sea salt

1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener

*Optional additions: a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, or black pepper

Method:

Gently warm the milk on the stove.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a mug.

Drizzle a tablespoon of the warmed milk into the mug and whisk until the liquid is smooth with no lumps.

Add the rest of the milk and mix well. I like to use my frother or a small whisk and whisk until it gets frothy.

(If using ginger root you can leave the pieces in the tea, or strain them out before drinking.)

Sip and enjoy!