Everybody around me is getting sick. Our neighbors and the kids at school have chest colds and fevers, stomach bugs and Hand Foot and Mouth.
I want NONE of that. Zero.
So I'm sitting here with my yummy tea and supporting my immune system so it can fight that gunk off. I made up a cup of caffeine free red tea, added a teaspoon of organic honey and a drop each of Thieves and Lemon Vitality oils. It's like a warm hug in a mug on this chilly afternoon.
I should call these next gazillion recipes the “101 days of Fall!” I am kidding. There will only be 99 pumpkin spice recipes. Lol. But seriously, I was so super excited to get my Young Living Essentials Rewards order this month because I added Vitality oils I need for a “pumpkin pie spice” blend! But that is a whole other thing we need to talk about!
I wanted to share with you a smoothie recipe I made this week. It was so awesome tasting! As I am typing this recipe, I am wanting it so badly! I may have to take a break and go make one! Even my boys loved this smoothie.
Did you know that pumpkin is such a good food choice for you? I didn’t know until I started looking in to it some more and was excited about what I found. Consuming one cup of cooked, canned pumpkin would provide well over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese at least 5% for thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Not to mention it is packed with the antioxidant beta-carotene. Want to talk about preventative medicine! Look up all the things that are affected by beta-carotene and vitamin A (cancer defense, heart health, delay aging (what?!). It and the avocado or banana are also packed full of fiber and potassium! Good for heart health, fertility and eye sight! Holy cow!
The coconut oil is totally optional and while it does add more fat and calories it does have its benefits too. It can give a great boost to your metabolism in the morning which is always a good thing. Know what else it can do? Coconut oil contains so many things that your body benefit from. Here is a short list of somethings I found in my own research that can be supported by consuming coconut oil: metabolism, muscle building, appetite suppressant, promotes heart health, memory function, healthy digestion, balance hormones. So if you don't mind the extra calories you can see that there are a lot of great reasons to include it!
The Young Living Pure Protein Complete contains 5 different proteins and a full range of amino acids. Protein is a building block for most of your body so don’t skimp on that! It is also great at making you feel more full longer. Amino acids have multiple benefits for your body besides just being the building blocks of proteins. Amino acids also benefit your immune system and your nervous system!
Young Living's Thieves Vitality Essential Oil is the perfect way to add a little bit of the warm, spicy flavor that we all love in pumpkin pie. It is a special blend that contains Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils that help support overall wellness and a healthy immune system. Perfect for this season when we could use some strong immune systems!
Okay so go make this like now! See just how easy it is to make by checking out our recipe videos here!
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 of a ripe avocado or 1/2 banana
1/2-1 cup of cashew, coconut or almond milk
1 tsp raw honey or organic maple syrup
1 TBS coconut oil (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 drop of Cinnamon Vitality Essential Oil
1 -2 drops Thieves Vitality Essential Oil (option 1-2 drops "pumpkin pie spice" blend)
1-2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete Vanilla Spice
Add pumpkin, avocado, milk, oil, cinnamon and honey to blender and mix completely. Use more or less milk to suit your consistency tastes. Stir in essential oil. I add my protein powder at the end because I find if I add it sooner and mix to much it becomes really whipped up and fluffy and I don’t like fluffy smoothies. Pour into glass and enjoy!
Pumpkin just screams fall but I am curious what is your favorite fall treat?
Note: We would never recommend that you take internally any essential oil that is not specified as safe for consumption or ingestion. Know your oils and always consult your health care provider before taking any supplements. I trust Young Living essential oils because of their Seed to Seal guarantee and how their oil plants are selected, grown, harvested and distilled. If you have any questions about it or any essential oils please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to chat about it with you.
There are times we all just want a little something sweet but we don't have time or the ingredients to make it. This yummy dessert only has a couple ingredients PLUS, it's fun and simple!
Buy yourself some organic kernels and pop to your hearts desire. Then follow the recipe below. Perfect for a date night in with your significant other!!
Makes: 6 cups
½ - ¾ cup of popcorn kernels
6-8 ounces of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (or your favorite!)
5 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil
1. Prepare your popcorn however you prefer.
2. Transfer the popped corn to a rimmed baking sheet and spread it out.
3. Once the popcorn is ready, start melting you chocolate. Melt your choc chips in your method of choice.
4. Stir in 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil, less if you want a lighter taste and more if you like it stronger.
5. Pour or spoon the chocolate over the popcorn and stir/toss it to coat.
6. Enjoy! But be ready for messy hands if the chocolate is still melty.
7. Allow the chocolate to cool completely as possible (this usually takes several hours!) before transferring it to an airtight container for storage.
You can also sub in Orange Vitality Oil for the Peppermint Vitality Oil!!
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