Category Archives: Children

Oat Milk

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Oat milk is a nutritious, delicious alternative to dairy milk. Oats are known for their healing properties, providing a boost in energy, high protein and fiber. They can help lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, prevent heart disease, control sugar levels, and improve skin health. Plus its super easy and cheap to make!

Oat Milk

1 cup organic oats (rolled or steel-cut)

3 cups of water

Pour oats and water into a good blender. Let them soak for 20-30 mins. Then blend, until velvety and smooth. Pour oat mixture through a fine sifter or muslin cloth into a jug. It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Want to spice it up? Try vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon essential oil or cardamom.

Prefer it a little sweeter? Add a tablespoon of maple or date syrup.

Yum!

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Super Noodles

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Replace your high carbohydrate noodles with veggies! Nobody needs a big bowl or white flour, oil and sugar. A bowl of pure veggies disguised as noodles? My kids love them and it makes me feel good knowing they are filling up on nourishing, healthy foods.

Super Noodles

2 zucchini

2 carrots

1 sweet potato

One vegetable peeler or spiralizer.

Makes 2-4 servings depending on size.

Peel your veggies into long strips then set on paper towels to “dry” for 15 mins. Squeeze out excess liquid (super important step). Heat for 3-5 mins in a hot skillet with a good quality butter or coconut oil.

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You can serve these with marinara, butter, grated Parmesan, curry or make noodle soup with them! Use them exactly like that unhealthy pasta and the possibilities are endless.

~Jennifer

Deliciously Detoxing Ice Cream

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Start your day with a heaping bowl of ice cream and detox your body while you eat it! This ice cream is chock full of antioxidants, super fruits, energizing oils, and tons of fiber. It also has zero fat, is super sweet and low in calories.

3 Ingredient Detox Ice Cream

1 banana, frozen

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1-2 ounces Ningxia Red

Makes one generous bowl.

To make this yummy treat just peel and freeze a banana for at least 6 hours. Take your frozen banana, frozen blueberries, 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red and blend on high for 30 seconds.

That’s it! Whole, pure, nourishing food, that taste like a dessert!

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~Jennifer

Super Power of Cacao

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Cacao is a super, yummy, health food that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a part of my families everyday diet and here is why!

What is cacao anyway? Isn’t it just fancy cocoa?

Well kind of! It comes from the seed of the same tree, the Theobroma cacao, so it starts life as the same substance. Cacao is raw and minimally processed; where as cocoa is roasted, processed and sometimes mixed with additives and preservatives.

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What makes cacao a super food?

MagnesiumCacao is the most concentrated source of magnesium found in nature. It is vitally important to heart, bone, muscle and nerve function. Studies have shown that up to 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. 

Fiber- Cacao has 9 grams of fiber per one ounce.

Iron which is necessary for red blood cell production.

Antioxidants- They are so important to your health because they absorb the free radicals that cause damage in the body.

Mood- Cacao stimulates the brains neurotransmitters that trigger emotions, so it can make you happier!!

Anandamide- is a lipid nick named “the bliss molecule” that is found in cacao. Another mood booster!

Phenylethylamine- Is a chemical our bodies also make naturally. It helps improve focus and alertness.

How can you use it? 

Cacao comes in a powder form and as nibs, which replace both cocoa and chocolate chips in my home. We use it in all recipes requiring either. Cookies, smoothies, pancakes, ice cream, you name it! Its very, versatile and has a great taste! I find it to be a bit sweeter than traditional cocoa.

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So grab yourself a bag and try it out!

~Rachel

Natural Sun Protection

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Summer is one of my favorite times of the year! Farmers markets, gardening, swimming, vacations, all kinds of fun in the sun. It’s also the time of year for sun protection. Most over the counter versions of sunscreen are full of toxic chemicals, even the natural versions are sometimes questionable. I like to know exactly what I’m putting on my children. This year I am making my own. My fair-skinned friend has had great luck with it on her and her children. The great thing about these recipes, they aren’t only natural and pure, they are actually good for you!

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Version #1

1 bottle YL Lavender lotion

1 bottle Myrrh EO

1 bottle Carrot Seed EO

Blend the essential oils with the lotion, then store in a glass jar. Apply 20 mins before heading into the sun. Reapply every 60-90 mins.


Version #2

1/2 cup Shea butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 bottle Carrot Seed EO

40 drops Lavender EO

Melt the Shea and coconut oil together. I use the double boiler method. Then whip the oils together with a hand mixer, you can set the bowl in ice to speed up the process. When the mixture starts to thicken add in the essential oils and continue until thick and creamy. Apply 20 mins before heading into the sun. Reapply every 60-90 mins.

**For two in one, sunscreen and bug repellent take recipe #2 and switch the Lavender, for Purification 🙂

  
I only use the very, best essential oils on my family, Young Living. For more info on those click here.

~Rachel

 

Ningxia Red Smoothie

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This week I started using Ningxia Red as part of my daily routine. Wow, what a difference! I have so much more energy, require less sleep and have such a balanced mood. It’s a keeper for sure! I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to drink it each morning; quick, easy and tasty!

Ningxia Red Smoothie

1oz Ningxia Red
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana
Large handful of good greens (kale, spinach etc.)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1/2 cup water

Put all the ingredients into a good blender, blend until silky, smooth. Then drink up!

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~Rachel

Essential oil remedies for winter illnesses

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Some essential oil remedies for basic ailments:

Headaches: Inhale peppermint oil and drink lots of water. Roll Deep Relief on temples, back of neck, and around (not in!) ears.

Runny Nose: Apply to the inside of nares and inhale melaleuca, Idaho balsam fir, lavender, peppermint, Melrose, Raven or R.C. You can also try applying lemon or lavender to the sides of your nose.

Sinus congestion: Apply lavender to sinuses. Dilute eucalyptus and peppermint with carrier oil and apply to nasal cavities and chest and back. Put a drop of peppermint oil in one hand, rub hands together, cup over nose, and breathe deeply. You can also use R.C. or Breath Again this way. Diffusing is also an option.

Sore throat: Gargle with 1-2 drops of Thieves blend in 1 oz. of water. Use Thieves Spray or Thieves Lozenges. Apply lemon, wintergreen or Thieves to neck. Put in capsule & take internally 2 times a day. Thieves stirred into hot tea with honey is also soothing to a sore throat.

Aches & Pains: “Morphine Bomb” pain reliever formula is a tried and true option. Frankincense, balsam fir, & copaiba – 5 drops each in a capsule. Take every 4 hours as needed. Apply Deep Relief, Copaiba or PanAway to any area that hurts!

Bronchitis: Mix 2 drops Wintergreen, 4 drops myrrh, 5 drops clove, 6 drops ravintsara. Apply to neck, chest and back and cover with a hot washcloth. Diffuse Thieves and Spruce together. The Spruce will pull the Thieves deeper into your lungs.

Chest congestion: Rub, steam, or diffuse eucalyptus, lemon, or peppermint. Use RC or Breath Again over your chest and neck. Dilute essential oils with a carrier for little ones.

Cough (Dry): RC, Thieves, Melrose, Raven or Thieves Spray. Dilute thieves 15 drops into a couple ounces of water, put in glass spray bottle. Spray into mouth and throat.

Cough (Wet): Eucalyptus Globulus or RC. Diffuse or apply on chest, back and neck.

Fever: Peppermint, lemon or ImmuPower. Apply to feet or diluted to the spine every couple of hours.

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Homeschool Botany Class

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We started school back up today, after taking a month long summer break. We will keep within the summer theme and make the most of outside activities while we still have the chance! We began our botany unit today, my kids have really enjoyed helping me in the garden this year, so they were excited to start.

We started by reading Eric Carl’s Tiny Seed, such a cute story that all ages love. We then looked at some basil we had brought home from the farmers market, it had rooted and had just finished flowering. My kits took apart the seed pods, and collected the seeds, to plant next year. Then we took a field trip out into our back garden, we looked at plants and how they reproduce. They looked at the seedlings that were just starting to spout in our vegetable garden.

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We then went back into the house and they started their nature journals for the year. The younger three drew the plant cycle and labeled it. My oldest wrote about what she had learned about the plant cycle and what she had noticed outside, also drawing picture’s to depict it. Then they chatted about different types of fruit and what kinds of seeds they have. They drew pictures of those too.

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It took us about an hour to complete today, they are excited to learn more tomorrow and expand on their nature journal entries.