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How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

DIY Coconut Butter + Video


I ADORE coconuts!  I am a fiend when it comes to the sweet water upon cracking a fresh young thai coconut open.  The meat is creamy and perfect for smoothies, puddings, and ice creams.   Then the dried coconut flakes are fantastic sprinkled on top of green smoothies, in a warm oatmeal, mixed in superfood protein bars, raw granola, and more!  I went for YEARS without trying the much talked about “coconut butter” or AKA “coconut manna”.  I didn’t think I was missing out on much.  It’s a pricey item in the stores so I just glossed over it.  Then, recently in a store, I came across a jar that was discounted and I thought I would give it a try. 

Upon opening the jar, I was lured by the sweet, creamy smell (yes, I smell in textures and such).   I immersed the spoon into this thick luscious cream and put it into my mouth.  I melted!  “Where have you been all my life.”  OMG!  NOW I knew what people were raving about when they spoke of coconut butter.  It was all I could do to NOT eat the entire small jar.  It’s a sure–fire way to get the maximum concentration of rich, velvety coconut flavor and texture in each bite.

Coconut butter is not like coconut oil.   Coconut oil is made from the extracted fat of the coconut meat, whereas this butter includes the fibrous shreds of the coconut meat, just in dried form.  Coconut butter solidifies around 70 degrees, and it is best used as a topping on anything from savory to sweet dishes. It can also go from melted to solid and back again without adverse effects — and you don’t even need to store it in the fridge!

 Coconut butter can be made in a food processor but will take approximately 10 minutes.  That is where a high speed blender helps out (time and efficiency).  Make it however you can, but MAKE IT!

 Coconut Butter

* makes one small jar *

What You Need:


3 cups organic, dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes (Bob’s Red Mill Coconut flakes and see source link below)


Vitamix blender or a food processor


1. Process the Coconut – Put the dried coconut in the blender. Mix on high speed, scraping down the sides with the tamper for approximately 1 minute (give or take) until a thick paste is formed.  OR Put the dried coconut in a large food processor, then turn on and process until it’s buttery smooth, about 10 minutes.That’s it.  Scrape this lovely cream into your mouth a small glass jar and use as needed. 

* Tip:  Always use unsweetened shredded coconut — never the sweetened, sulphured or low fat kind. So read your labels carefully.  Make sure your coconut is fresh by starting with an unopened bag.

Coconut flakes


Getting creamy in the Vitamix in no time!


Ready to go into a jar – YUM!


Click on picture and go directly to to order NOW. I made it easy for you!

Coconut butter is great spread on top of bread and muffins,  added to soups, in desserts, in smoothies, as a nut milk substitute, as any nut butter substitute, in tonics, raw puddings, raw cheesecakes and by the spoonful. Have fun with it in your own kitchen.  It is fantastic stuffed into a medjool date with raw cacao nibs – I KNOW!! 

Now, WATCH the video and see how easy it is to make your own.

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How To Eat Healthy While Traveling

How To Eat Healthy While Traveling

Healthy Travels

Well, I am now back home and settled in for awhile from my travels to Orlando, FL last week and from Charleston, SC this past weekend.    While in SC, I stayed with my friend, Sara Campbell in her beautiful home and was blessed to use her kitchen and cook for us all.  I did bring some basics with me while on the road traveling to her home (6 hour drive) and while staying with her at her place for a few days.  While in FL, I was gone for 5 days away from my kitchen, but I took my healthy eating along with me on the road. 

Some people say, “You travel with all this stuff!”  My answer:  This is my lifestyle.  It is how I live, thrive and prosper in my mind and body.  I don’t put myself or my health and well-being on the back burner for a few days/ week and go for total convenience in the outside world.    I have to be careful eating out at most restaurants because of gluten and many unhealthy ingredients are hidden in food, so you HAVE TO ASK and look out for yourself.  Again, my health and well being come FIRST and FOREMOST to me.  I have wavered in the past of NOT planning and taking certain ingredients/supplements/meals with me while traveling and experienced/ learned many hard lessons.  I don’t compromise anymore!  I actually went out and bought an inexpensive ($10) single unit burner/warmer so that I could heat up my meals and tonics in a skillet and small pan in the hotel room. It was small, lightweight and barely took up any room.  PERFECT!

So, let me show you how eating a healthy, plant-based diet can easily and economically be done.  It took some pre-planning, but it was SO WORTH IT. There are several STAPLES that I NEVER COMPROMISE with in my daily regime – they are my foundation: 


Prior to my FL trip, I spent a day in the kitchen making meals and prepping.  I made a large batch of stir-fry veggie quinoa, roasted root veggies, made several smoothies, zucchini hummus, filled up several containers (4 gallons) of our fresh spring water (priceless!), filled baby jars with my tonic ingredients (so it’s easy – open jar, toss ingredients in Vitamix along with water – BLEND – warm in saucepan on electric burner and Voila!  Warm, healing tonic in several minutes), pre-cut cucumbers for dipping in hummus,  bags of misc. smoothie ingredients (apples,bananas,lemons,kale) with jars of chia seeds, Maca, cacao nibs, bee pollen and goji berries,  baked a dense seed/nut bread, pre-cut the loaf for ease and use, brought several avocados, my raw cacao superfood protein bars (a complete meal), miscellaneous teas, and supplements.  I brought a mini cutting board, knife and my travel cooler always has a small jar of himalayan salt, chipotle pepper and small utensils.  Of course, my VITAMIX went with me.  She always does!  :)

So, my first day on the road, I had everything I needed.  My morning smoothie, snacks, afternoon smoothie and plenty of veggie options for lunch with LOTS of fresh water.  When I arrived at the hotel and checked in, I took everything to my room and got my “kitchenette” set up and filled the mini fridge.  For dinner that evening, I heated up some of the roasted veggies in my skillet on the warmer plate and made a small kale salad.  It was wonderful!  Eating clean and feeling great!  I actually felt great from the 10 hour travel. 

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I stayed at the Radisson Hotel in Orlando, FL and was highly impressed with its cleanliness, friendly/helpful staff, beautiful room, large bathroom, Sleep Number beds, down comforter and much more. I would stay with them again if I ever go back to the area.  Fantastic experience.  My seminar was located about a mile away at the Peabody Hotel – can I just say “WOW!” What a place.   I loved being able to walk around everywhere. Orlando was clean, friendly and safe!

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With each day attending the seminar that went from  8 a.m. to 9 p.m (with a few breaks in between along with lunch and dinner break), I took my tea canister with tea inside and filled up with hot water provided at seminar, morning smoothie (which I made fresh each morning), lunch (bread with avocado/salt/chipotle pepper – YUM!), protein bars, water, stevia for sweetening tea.  A few nights, I would walk back to room for dinner and then walk back to seminar.

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Found some pretty flowers outside the hotel (jasmine in the center) to enjoy and liven up the room.

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Miscellaneous teas

 Leaving the room every morning at 8 a.m. with my 8 – 10 lb. briefcase (I got a good workout with the weight and walking), getting fresh air, stimulating exercise and greetings with friendly people passing by.  I didn’t mind carrying a brief case that weighed a bit – I had my goodies with me and I was prepared.  I felt good the entire time.   Several days in a row, when I was sitting outside enjoying the 85 degree, sunny weather during the breaks (it was COLD inside the rooms during the seminars) several women came up to me asking where I got the delicious looking food I was eating, avocados, and tea.  I told them I made it and brought with me.  They immediately said, “That’s brilliant!  I should have done that.  The food inside is not that good or healthy and costs WAY TOO MUCH.”  Yep!  There’s a reason I do what I do.  I offered some of my food to several people, who in turn took me up on my offer and I connected with some real nice people that way.  They left feeling inspired and motivated to plan ahead next time.  One lady, skipped one of the short seminars to go to a nearby Whole Foods to get a few basics to be prepared for the next few days.  Score!  I inspired someone new with just a 15 minute talk.  Made my day!!

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Tonic jars and supplements

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Smoothie makings

I took a small glass jar with some Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap and a sponge for cleaning my dishes in the bathroom sink every evening when getting back from the seminar for the day.  Easy and practical. 

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Top shelf: blueberry chia pudding, aloe vera gel for smoothies
Middle shelf: hummus, bread, apples/lemons, stir-fry veggie quinoa, 1 avocado, kale
Bottom shelf:more avocados, chaga tea for tonic base,roasted veggies, cucumbers, protein bars

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LOTS of fresh water.

By traveling with your own food and preparing it while at the hotel room, you save tons of money and your body thanks you for feeding it healthy, wholesome foods.  I did eat out two nights:  Once by myself – I had a large grilled veggie platter that was divine with a small glass of wine – sitting outside and enjoying “people watching”.  The last night in FL,  I had dinner with a new friend I made at the seminar.   The head chef at the restaurant was more than accommodating to fix me a lovely meal that was gluten-free and vegan inspired.  Just ask and see if places can do a few things for you according to your special dietary needs.  Most places will, especially GOOD places.  I enjoyed the dining experience with good company and great food. 

I had plenty of food for the whole trip (even my drive back home).  I didn’t have to stop and make poor choices along the way because I wasn’t prepared.  Preparation is KEY.  Once you start incorporating it into your routine, it becomes second nature.   It CAN be done with some planning and fore thought.  I look forward to traveling more knowing that it is quite easy and practical.   I hope this inspired you!

Do you ever plan ahead while traveling to keep your diet and lifestyle in check?  What are YOUR basics and foundation staples?

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DIY Avocado Coconut Banana Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

DIY Avocado Coconut Banana Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Food Grade Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

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This deep conditioning hair treatment really makes your hair soft and shiny!

Here is another wonderful natural hair recipe from my beautiful friend, Becky Ayers.  This deep conditioning hair mask is AMAZING!  I don’t use hair masks very often (OK, NEVER!)  However, with this recipe, I SO WILL BE! I couldn’t keep my hands off my hair afterwards, for it was so soft, manageable and luxurious.  It was a great opportunity to pet my head and send myself some self-Love! 

Avocado is a great ingredient for a homemade deep conditioner. It can also be used for a quick softening, conditioning and moisturizing mask.  Honey by itself isn’t sufficient enough to provide the conditioning necessary, but when combined with other products it can make your hair feel softer and provide smooth hair.  Be careful, because honey will lighten hair (so it’s best suited for those with lighter colored hair).  I opted to add black strap molasses to my recipe for my darker hair.  

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  • 1 avocado (natural source of protein and fat)
  • 1/4 cup  EVOO (Extra-virgin olive oil) OR extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 TB. raw Honey (for light colored hair) OR 1 TB. black strap molasses (for darker hair) – (conditions and adds sheen)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 can organic coconut milk – full fat (rich moisturize—hydrates, conditions and defrizzes hair)


Blend all ingredients together to a thick consistency (cross between a smoothie and pudding), divide 4 ways (use the contents of one for hair NOW) and put the other 3 contents into a small plastic freezer bag and FREEZE.    I  like to wash/rinse hair and then apply to damp hair and put on a plastic cap. (*Tip: I purchased years ago one of those plastic caps for using henna applications (purchase at $ dollar store or Walmart) and RE-USE.  I use it, rinse it out, dry and store for next time.  I have had ONE for years – saves money and less waste on the environment.) Leave mixture on for an hour.  Wash/rinse hair well to get all the oils out and style as usual.  I love using my natural flax seed hair gel with my styling now.

Use one of these natural hair masks every week (one months supply).  Thaw when you need it for next application.  It is so economical and the results are beyond beautiful.  Also, the recipe is edible and pretty tasty too!  Be sure to keep a small cloth around while wearing this on your head.  As your body temperature rises under the plastic baggy, the mixture will warm up and ooze down your neck.  Just blot and wait for the hour to be up.  It’s SO WORTH IT!

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3 week supply going into freezer until needed.

Do you use any natural food recipes on your hair?

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DIY Natural Flax Seed Hair Gel + Video

DIY Natural Flax Seed Hair Gel + Video

DIY Flax Seed Hair Gel

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I know!!   Right!  Hair gel made from flax seeds – and it is FABULOUS!!  My beautiful friend, Becky Ayers turned me on to this recipe that she uses for her hair all the time.  I haven’t used hair gel in over 10 + years.  Most hair gels on the market are full of toxic crap that is harmful to the hair, strips it, breaks it and much more.  It absorbs into the skin and is NOT good for our systems.  I am NOT a hair gel kind of girl, but you know me, I’ve got to try something once and this was a fun one.  It is absolutely dirt cheap to make it too!   Score!

Guess what,  I LIKE hair gel again!  THIS kind of course!  This is SUPER DUPER natural.  I am known to put food on my face and in my hair, but I usually wash it out.  Not this stuff.  You leave it in, style as usual and SHAZAAM!  Lustrous, bouncy, soft and BODY!  All from a beloved little brown seed that I use every day in a smoothie or my hot oatmeal ( I use the flax meal here).  Go figure!  Thank you, Becky, for sharing this EASY DIY hair gel with me to share out to others.  She gave me more BEAUTIFYING hair recipes and secrets that I will share with you soon as soon as I experiment with them on my own.  

Watch the video for directions and a guest appearance from my lovely assistant.  :)

Flax Seed hair gel:

1 cup water

2 TB.  organic flax seeds (brown or golden – doesn’t matter) – (linseeds in the UK)

I poured 1 cup of water into my medium sized saucepan, then 2 TB. of flax seeds and then turned the heat on high on my stovetop. Stir every so often to keep the seeds moving and keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan (I think this also helps the gelatinous stuff slough off of the seeds as you stir, as it seemed to help my consistency in the finished product).

Once your water comes to a boil, stir gently, but almost constantly. When you start getting a thin, foamy jelly, turn the heat down a little, but keep stirring, watching for the point when you let the seeds settle for a second and they suspend in the clear jelly instead of sinking to the bottom.

Once you hit that point, shut off the heat, give one last stir, and immediately pour the liquid and seeds into the strainer over your bowl. I let the gel strain out of the seeds, while I rinse my pan (don’t let the gel dry in there or you’ll have a mess to clean up later!), and then I go back to the strainer and start pushing and stirring the mixture through the sieve with my fingers or a spoon. Add any essential oil of choice at this time and stir.    I then transfer this gel to a sealed jar (recycled ghee jar works great for me).

The color of the gel is almost clear, but with just a touch of milkiness to it, and a little bit of a golden hue. Nothing obtrusive or offensive at all. In fact, if you didn’t know what it was, you could easily mistake it for egg whites – color and consistency are almost identical.

Now, it’s ready for use.   That’s it!  Easy-peasy!


Add a pinch citric acid as a preservative, or you’ll have to store it in the fridge, and even then it will last less than a couple weeks.

Add 1/4 teaspoon epsom salt for curl enhancement.

Be prepared for a little trial and error. Some people boil the seeds for 10 minutes, but on my stove, it’s more like 7. It also depends how runny you want it. More time = thicker gel. But cook too long and it won’t strain very easily, or at all.  The gel will thicken upon cooling – so keep that in mind.

But it’s really not hard, once you get it down.

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Leftover flax seeds will go into a green smoothie. NO WASTE!

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I’ve been using this hair gel now for about a week since posting video.   It doesn’t weigh my hair down or cause it to feel greasy or heavy like many other Un-natural hair products used to do to my hair.   It’s fantastic!

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I added lavender essential oil and it smells wonderful!

Give it a try and let me know what you think!  Scott and I love it!

BTW, What do you think of the new location for videoing in the kitchen and set up.  Need feedback!  Old way or new way?

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Natural DIY Coconut oil Wood Polish/ Conditioner

Natural DIY Coconut oil Wood Polish/ Conditioner

Homemade Wood Polish/ Conditioner

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I am ALWAYS looking for ways to replace conventional, standard cleaners in the house and I came up with this idea last Fall of making my own wood polish/ conditioner using coconut oil and left-over coffee grounds.  It works BEAUTIFULLY!  I forgot I had it under the kitchen cabinet until a few days ago.  I had several areas in the kitchen (window trim, wooden dog door between kitchen and living room and cabinets) of wood needing a face lift.  This little recipe worked its charm and gave the wood a new look WITHOUT all the yucky, toxic ingredients of most furniture polishes and conditioners. 

I bought some great wooden bowls at the local thrift store the other day, but they needed a little help.  I could see their potential, so I bought them for 25 cents each and brought them home for a natural face lift.  I feel comfortable using this recipe on items that we will eat off of because of the natural NON- toxic ingredients. 

Below are some of the bowls freshly washed, but needing some moisturizing and color enhancement.  They were dry and rough in some spots where the color had faded.

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Now, after a bit of rubbing with the coconut oil mixture, the bowls are darker (still some texture difference) and conditioned.  I will need to take some sand paper to the texture difference and then re-oil for more consistent look.  I wasn’t too concerned with that – it’s character and cool wood grain appeal to me.

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Wood polish/ conditioner recipe:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil – softened or melted
  • several TBS. of finely ground left-over Organic coffee grinds

Mix together and let cool a bit.  Use a paper towel or rag (one that you will dedicate to this polish) and go tackle any wood around your house to brighten and enhance.  Any left-overs, I leave in this glass bowl and slip inside a zip lock baggie for storage under kitchen sink.  If the house is cool inside and your mixture is hardened, just heat over low heat, stir and use.  Any tiny sediment from the grinds can gently be brushed off wood after application.

NOTE:  Be sure and dust area before applying polish.  :)

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Healthy Eating Travel Tips

Healthy Eating Travel Tips

Traveling Tips for Healthy Eaters


Hey everyone!  I am currently out of town visiting my parents and while I was getting all my food and goodies together during the day (yesterday), I had an AHA moment with some great tips and ideas.  I’m sure someone else has done this, but it’s new to me and I must pass on to YOU.

I always carry my own food with me when I travel.  The reason I do this is because my body does not like it if I stray from my regular diet.  Being that I am also gluten intolerant makes it even more FUN! (sarcasm) The times that I have ventured off the path and tried some food that I thought would be OK, well let’s just say “It wasn’t pretty.”  I just have to be careful what I eat and how it is prepared.  I know what works best for my body and I lovingly choose to give it the best.  It is a beautiful symbiotic relationship and we’ve got  a good thing going when we work together.   We’re both happy this way.  I just have to pay attention to keeping my diet and lifestyle in balance.   I’ve gotten quite good at planning ahead and it is has become second nature for me to do this.  No big deal at all.

 I usually carry my supplements, smoothie and tonic makings with me in individual containers (ex. Maca, hemp seeds, Dandy Blend, almond butter, etc., etc.)  I thought “Why not put it all into a jar because it’s all going to be blended in the Vitamix anyways.”  It was a “DUH!!! – why hadn’t I have thought of this sooner, yet at the same time I thought  “This is BRILLIANT!”  Fortunately, my parents have a Vitamix at their house so that I don’t have to bring mine.  If they didn’t, I would SO BE BRINGING my Vitamix baby with me.  ;)

So, I proceeded to put all my dry ingredients for the HOT green smoothie into a small mason jar.  It consists of a knob of ginger root, Maca, Ashwaganda, one date, chia seeds and Triphala.  I cut off a small section of my aloe leaf, put into a baggie and got together the apple, banana and beet greens that will accompany the other ingredients in the blender.


This technique uses less space in the cooler, only ONE jar to clean, it’s quick and easy to put together, less time measuring ingredients into blender and more time spent drinking this little green beauty in the morning.  :)


I did the same thing with the Happy Hormone Tonic ingredients – EVERYTHING in ONE jar.  I LOVE it!


Now, before I left our house, I roasted a spaghetti squash in the morning, let it cool and scrapped out the inside into a container to take with me.


I put some marinara sauce in a small mason jar (now thinking about this, I could have just put sauce on top of squash in container and saved a jar – oh well, I know for next time), chopped fresh basil and some chevre goat cheese in separate baggies for my dinner meal last night. 


All I had to do was mix the spaghetti squash and marinara together and heat in the oven.  Once heated, I topped with fresh basil and goat cheese and was ready to eat.  It was DELICIOUS!!  I put a few other items in the large travel baggie such as an herbal tea, NuNaturals stevia along with a small container of freshly made guacamole (always a quick go-to staple), some gluten free brown rice bread and I was ready to travel with convenience and healthy items.

Pre-planning is the key!  I hope these tips and information helped someone a bit.  I know it has me for future outings and get-aways.  I always like to learn something new to make life easier so that I can enjoy it more.    I’ll be back home to Scott and the dogs tonight and have more great posts coming to you all week long.


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Many Ways on Making Tea and Water Heating Method

Many Ways on Making Tea and Water Heating Method

Tea Making 101

This post is a request from the beautiful, Becky M. Thanks dear! I hope all of you get something out of it.



Another purpose of this post is to emphasize the importance of the quality of water one uses in herbal/ medicinal teas. If someone is using city water that has not been filtered or purified, the benefits are not quite up to par for the body. So, is there a difference between heating water up on a stove top vs. using a microwave oven? ABSOLUTELY!!!

Let’s look at both methods. The action of heating water on a stove receives heat from the bottom, where the pan in which it’s being heated makes contact with the stove top. Water heated in a microwave gets hit with microwaves from every angle. Stove heating creates convection currents that ensure the water is heated evenly throughout. This doesn’t happen with water heated via a microwave, and since the microwave molecules hit the water at random, it’s not heated evenly. This is the reason why sometimes liquids heated in a microwave have cold and hot spots.

Heating water on a stove does take longer than a microwave, because the microwave particles very quickly cause the water molecules to vibrate, and the vibrations result in heating. When water heated on a stove reaches its boiling point, it stays at that point until you remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. If you want to read more: The Proven Dangers of Microwave Ovens.  Stove top is the preferred method of choice – health wise!  You can also use an electric tea kettle -  they are portable, efficient and an easy solution for keeping water hot for longer periods of time. 

If you are thinking about upgrading your water system, look into Ionizer and get in touch with Lisa at Healthy Body Now.   Lisa has some FANTASTIC articles and juice recipes that you will want in your juice rotation.  If you place an order with her and mention my name: Kibby or Kibby’s Blended Life, she will give you a 5% discount on overall order – now THAT’s some savings!

The video has ALL the information you need, so please take a moment and watch it.  I give you my tips, tricks, teas I like to use and more.  You just might learn something new.  Enjoy!!




So, go enjoy yourself a cup (or pot) of tea to nourish your body and senses.   Have a wonderful weekend!

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SPROUTS 101- VIDEO Tutorial

SPROUTS 101- VIDEO Tutorial

Sprouts 101 – Video Tutorial


I wrote a post on How To Grow Sprouts 101 (be sure and read first - TONS of great info. here!) back in June and had several requests to make a video showing the basics and hands on approach.  So, here it is, my friends!

**The Sprout seeds I use:   Now Foods, Real Food, Zesty Sprouting Mix, 16 oz*

**See how easy it is!  So go buy some sprout seeds and GET YOUR SPROUTS ON!  :)

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

via Louise

♥ Why You Deserve To Change Your Diet

8 minute plank workout – I love PLANKS!  This is a doozy of a workout, but well worth it!

The power of unconditional acceptance – This is a wonderful article to read – Let it soak in – Start implementing these wonderful tools/ tips to improve your life with yourself.  That’s where it ALL starts, baby!  Enjoy!

BE MORE REAL – Amazing video to watch ( take 5 minutes to do it – IT’S WORTH IT – FOR YOU!!)

Do You Judge the Person You Used to Be? – This is a powerful article that hit home with me and helped me see things in a new light.   It’s only in releasing shame about the past that we’re able to be free in the present.

  THE CURE IS.... This is the cutting edge of health. This unexpected, brilliant movie offers us a prime front-seat experience of insight and wisdom on healing ourselves through healing our unresolved emotions.”  A transformational film about how every human body is brilliantly designed for vitality and longevity. Why then is our health and life expectancy declining? Have we lost our connection to our natural way of living? Is it possible there is a powerful and effective means to address our health and disease, which can assist in tapping into our natural healing capacity of our profoundly powerful human body? **Only available for a few days FREE so watch it NOW!**

♥ How Not to Lose Your Voice as a Sensitive, Deeply Feeling Individual

Why You Should Wash Your Face With Oil - I usually use coconut oil every night, but I am going to give this mixture a try.  Read the comments below the article for more great tips from other people.   Enjoy!

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DIY Chia seed gel & Goji berry juice + Superfood GREEN Smoothie + VIDEO

DIY Chia seed gel & Goji berry juice + Superfood GREEN Smoothie + VIDEO

Superfood GREEN Smoothie +

How to Make Chia Seed Gel and Goji Berry Juice


 Benefits of chia seeds and gel: 

The health-promoting qualities of chia seed are very attractive– rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, it is also an excellent source of protein, calcium, phosphorous and dietary fibre.  Along with the stellar nutritional aspects of chia seed is its wonderful gelatinous nature when mixed with water.   Easily-made “Chia Gel” has many applications for gluten-intolerant bakers and raw vegans looking to expand their food repertoire.

Water retaining benefits of the Chia Seed for you:

1. Keep the entire digestive process hydrated:
Because the water absorbed by the seed is somewhat difficult to remove, it takes the digestive process a while to break down the soluble fiber and absorb the water. This means that as the seeds pass through the colon, they are slowly irrigating it on the way through. Keeping food moist is an important way to prevent maladies such as constipation and diverticulitus. The soluble and insoluble fibers act as a ‘sweeper’ to keep food moving easily.

2. Calorie Replacement:
Because Chia seeds have no flavor of their own, they distribute and take on the taste of whatever food or drink you add them to. If you want them to taste like orange juice, just mix them in. They’ll hydrate with the OJ and taste just like it. It’s the same with any beverage of your choice.
Because of the dramatic increase in size, when you eat the hydrated seeds you feel full.

  1. Place 1/4 – 1/2 C. of organic chia seed (I used MUM’S ORIGINAL) into the bottom of a glass jar.
  2. Fill the jar with filtered water.
  3. Gently whisk the chia seed (for a few minutes) to disrupt clumping of the chia seeds. Let the gel sit for a few minutes (about 15) and stir again.
  4. Use in recipes after 15 minutes of gel time. Store in a covered glass jar in fridge.

How To Use Chia Gel in Recipes

As mentioned above, chia seed gel is full of nutrients like brain-food Omega 3 essential fatty acids, protein (20% of the seed), calcium, phosphorus and fibre. Your baking and raw vegan recipes will contain much less fat than usual recipes. If you use all plant-based, whole foods your recipes will contain NO cholesterol.  A good idea is to have some water based chia gel on hand in the fridge to add as an egg substiute to cakes or cookies, one tablespoon of gel replaces one egg.  Prepared chia gel will keep for up to 2 weeks.   **Of couse, my FAVORITE WAY is in SMOOTHIES!!**

Goji Berry Benefits and Juice:

Originating in China, tea has been regarded as a beverage linking good health and happiness for thousands of years. Recent studies have established that flavonoid compounds and phytochemical found in tea are good for the heart and can help bolster immune defences. Similarly, tracing back 2000 years for use in traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries are gaining popularity in North America as one of nature’s superfruits for their vitamin and nutrient rich qualities. Obtaining all the health benefits of the goji berry from drinking goji tea may be a good supplement to your diet.

Tea contains antioxidants just like the nutrients found in goji berries such as beta-carotene and other essential fats, minerals, amino acids and proteins, which studies have suggested help to boost health and energy levels. Early research has also found positive results for the health benefits of these berries that are rich in vitamin A, B complex, C and E, as well as calcium and fiber, such as helping to lower cholesterol.

Containing far less caffeine than coffee, drinking a mug of warm tea is a great way to relax and nutritionists seem to agree that any type of tea is beneficial. That’s why you should consider adding goji tea to your list of daily beverages. These dried red berries produce a mild tasting brew, which is simple to make and a quick alternative to regular tea. Just toss about 6 to 8 dried goji berries into a cup of boiling water. You can also add a teabag containing your favourite regular or herbal tea to the mixture for a refreshing flavour and nutritional boost. Allow the tea to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Once the berries become plump in the hot liquid, the tea is ready to drink.

Improvement in eyesight, immune function and overall well being are some of the numerous health benefits attributed to goji tea, which is also fat free and low in calories, unless of course you decide to add milk or sweetener. There is no need to add more berries when you are ready for a refill, just top your cup with boiling water. When the liquid portion is finished, you can chew the remaining soft red berries to obtain all the antioxidant properties they provide. (source)  

Goji berry juice/tea is as beneficial as any other herbal plant tea and above all, the swollen berries can easily be eaten (which I love to do) and used to top salads, raw ice creams, homemade granola, raw puddings, and again!  (No Surprise here!) SMOOTHIES!  :)

Watch the video below for details and how to make an amazing GREEN smoothie using chia gel and soaked goji berries.  Enjoy!



Superfood GREEN Smoothie

  • 2  1/2 cups water
  • LOTS of greens (your choice: organic spinach, parsley, cilantro, kale, romaine, beet greens, etc.)
  • 1 organic apple
  • handful organic dried apricots (substitute dried figs, or FRESH)
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 -3 TB. chia seed gel (I used Mum’s Original Organic White Chia Seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp. spirulina (optional)
  • aloe vera gel (otional)
  • stevia (sweetener of choice)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix).  Top with your favorite choice of toppings.  I used fresh, local bee pollen, Mum’s Original Organic Coconut Cacao Nibs (LOVE these!) and coconut macaroon flakes.  I forgot to use them in video, but I added Mum’s Original Premium Goji Berries (soaked) and took the smoothie up a notch.  LOVE my green smoothies everyday!

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