Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

2 of My Favorite (Simple Yet Valuable) Gifts to Make and Give

Holiday GiftsI used to love holiday baking.  But as a recovering sugar addict who recently discovered she cannot eat gluten, baking has lost its allure.

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that my son is a swimmer. Years ago I researched ways to help him combat chlorine damage to his hair and skin and found a swim spray that worked wonders.  The problem was that it was expensive – and he was using a bottle every week.   After ordering several bottles I finally took a close look at the ingredients and was shocked to find 2 simple items:  water and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

So I did a little more research and discovered I could make my own après swim spray for pennies!

If you have swimmers in your life, this is a great gift to make them!

Après Swim Spray:  12 ounces of water + 1 tsp ascorbic acid powder

The chemical structure of Vitamin C neutralizes chlorine, so after swimming, spray both hair and skin with the swim spray, rub in, and rinse in the shower (preferably one without chlorinated water).

The other gift I enjoyed making this year was a sensual salt scrub.  Healthy skin is covered in a very thin, slightly acidic film called the “acid mantle” that is secreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands.  The pH of bacteria, viruses, and other chemicals are primarily alkaline in nature, so the acid mantle acts as both a physical and chemical barrier to bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants from penetrating the skin.

Bathing or swimming in chlorinated water dries the skin and strips the acid mantle. By exfoliating with the salt and then rubbing in coconut, almond, sesame, macadamia nut or jojoba oil (my faves), your skin will not only feel super smooth, but also have an extra layer of protection – and smell delicious!

Sensual Salt Scrub:  2 cups sea salt + 1 cup organic almond oil + your favorite essential oils  (I used lavender, orange and jasmine)

The best part about making these gifts is that you can chant and pray as you make them, so the person who uses them will receive all your good intentions for them every time they use the spray or scrub.

These simple, inexpensive gifts are proof that price does not determine the value of a gift. 

And while you’re at it, make a jar of salt scrub for yourself.  It’s sort of like licking the batter when you’re making cookies – except it’s actually good for you

Bright blessings,

Deb

An easy way to start your day with veggies.

My 17 year-old son’s training schedule is intense! He swims 6 hours on Monday and Wednesday, swims 3 hours and does 2 hours of dryland training on Tuesday and Thursday, and swims 3 hours on Friday and Saturday. With all that exercise you’d think he would eat large quantities of food. But he is so fatigued that he often says he’s too tired to eat.

So I’m always looking for ways to pack nutrition into each meal and snack. I thought I’d share one of the ways I get healthy fat, protein and lots of veggies into his breakfast and mine. Usually my son eats about 2/3 and I eat 1/3 of this recipe.

 

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  1. Sauté ½ cup diced onions in a tbsp. of ghee.
  2. Add ¾ cup zucchini and ¾ cup squash diced and continue to sauté.
  3. Add ½ cup chopped tomatoes (if I don’t have large tomatoes, I slice cherry tomatoes) and continue sautéing until the tomatoes cook down a little.
  4. Beat 4 eggs and add a pinch of salt.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and finish cooking.
  6. * Sometimes I add goat cheese at the very end. Mmm….mmm..mmm.

 

If you’ve read my newsletter before, you know I’m not a chef….so while this dish could become a beautiful omelet, it’s usually a cross between scrambled eggs and an omelet.

The great news is that no matter what it looks like, it tastes awesome and is a great way to start your day with veggies!

Bon appetit,
Deb

 

Simple, Delicious Summertime Yumminess

One hundred degrees
Makes me want to slow way down
Enjoy simple things

Here are two of my favorite summertime treats.  Super delicious and super simple to make.  Oh…and bonus: super nutritious.

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8 ounces unsweetened Hemp (or almond, coconut or cashew milk)
¼ cup chia seeds
A squirt (or 2) of liquid stevia (or agave, honey, xylitol to taste)
Mix with whisk.
Let sit at least an hour in the fridge. (I let mine sit overnight)
Top with your choice of fresh, summertime fruit.

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Sparking water (I use Topo Chico or LaCroix)
Squeeze ½ lime
Sweeten with Lemon Flavored Stevia to taste

Here’s to simple, summertime pleasures,

Deb