• Frankincense – Essential Oil of the Bible

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    As we approach the holiday season, I get an increase number of inquiries about Frankincense essential oil. If you are interested in purchasing certified pure therapeutic grade of this essential oil – contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com
    A Little History on Frankincense Essential Oil
    Frankincense Essential Oil comes from a small, shrubby tree with white flowers. frankincense-tearsWhen incisions are made into the bark, it produces a milky-white resin that hardens into orange-brown “tears.” The essential oil is steam-distilled from these “tears” of hardened resin.
    Historically it has been used for millenniums. The historical documentation of the Ebers Papyrus dating back to 1500 B.C. shows listings of Frankincense used in a variety aliments. Some of those historical uses are:
    • Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Skin problems such as boils & ulcers
    • To improve Digestion & Strengthen Gums
    • Used by Queens, Pharaohs & persons of great wealth in Beautification treatments
    • Also, anciently up to present day used to Improve Eye Site & Protect Against Infection
    Modern-Day Uses of Frankincense
    Frankincense is one of the most researched essential oils. If you go to www.AromaticScience.com and type the word Frankincense in the SEARCH bar, you will find some of the studies.
    There are many well documented benefits on the stress, inflammation and cellular protection from this amazing essential oil.

    Stress is considered the most important precursor to depression, according to Barry Jacobs, PhD at Princeton University.

    What you feel emotionally,
    Becomes how you feel physically.

    Because of Frankincense’s chemical constituents, it will cause a chemical/biological change in the body to improve mood when you breathe in the aroma of this essential oil.

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    Inflammation is widely considered the root cause of most disease. Frankincense is high in Sesquiterpenes which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Many studies have shown this to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators in the body.
    Another constituent of Frankincense is Monoterpenes which increases the level of enzymes involved in removing Carcinogenic toxins from the body. It also interferes with Cholesterol Synthesis, so it helps with the slowing and the reducing of potential tumor formation, therefor protecting cells.
    Some Modern-day Uses: frankincense-tree
    • Scar Tissue, Ulcers, Wound Care
    • Healthy Immune Response, DNA Repair
    • Analgesic, Expectorant
    • Nervous Tension
    • Skin Care, Wrinkles
    • Anti-Cancerous Benefits
    • Anti-Inflammatory
    Using Frankincense Daily
    World renown essential oil expert Dr. David Hill and others recommends that we should use this essential oil daily:
    • Under the tongue
    • Aromatically
    • On the bottom of the feet

    I, myself, take Frankincense along with eight other essential oils, daily in an easy supplement form. To learn more contact me at Kathy@KathySkinner.com

    What are some of the ways you use this wonderful oil?

    Merry Christmas!

    November 17, 2016 • Essential Oils • Views: 29

  • Spices for Your Food – Enhance Taste and Health

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    I’ve been cooking with herbs & spices for decades. I love the way they can really perk up a dish, but I never really gave much thought to the health benefits. Since I’ve been researching what are my best and healthiest food options, the how to use and which herbs & spices to use has opened up an exciting new world of cooking.

    In this post I will share some of the health benefits of the more popular spices. For health info on herbs go to my post on the  Health Benefits of Herbs

    What, Where & Why

    • Spices are generally derived from the bark, root, fruit, or berries of perennial plants and trees. Examples: cinnamon is the bark, ginger the root, nutmeg the fruit, pepper the berry. Other spices in your cupboard are actually blends such as curry, chili powder, seasoned salt, pickling/pumpkin spices, etc.
    • Spices (& herbs) are classified botanically as fruits and vegetables. They offer higher levels of antioxidants since they no longer contain the water that makes up a large portion of fresh produce.

    cinnamon-oilOne teaspoon of ground cinnamon has the equivalent level of antioxidants as a half cup of blueberries or one cup of pomegranate juice. Just think of all the foods to which you add cinnamon!

    • Including spices in your recipes adds flavor so you are able to use less fat, salt &/or sugar.
    • Have anti-inflammatory properties.  Inflammation has been identified as a precursor to many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, allergies, and Alzheimer’s to name a few.
    • Some spices help to boost metabolism. The capsaicin in peppers are believed to have metabolic boosting properties.
    • Some spices help keep your blood sugar steady.
    • Help increase cell-protecting activities in your blood which defend you against many diseases, from arthritis to cancer.
    • If you eat foods that are flavorful and satisfying, there is a good chance you will eat less and consume fewer calories, too!

    Storage and Longevity 

    • It is best to store your spices in tightly closed containers in a cool dark place, like a cupboard away from the stove.
    • Most ground spices lose their potency after six months on the shelf. Whole spices keep their potency up to one year. It is wiser to buy small amounts that you will use up more quickly than bulk amounts.
    • Essential Oils are 50-70 time more potent than spices (& dried herbs) and when stored in closed glass Essential OIL Bottlecontainers away from light and heat, they will last for decades probably longer than you. Not all essential oils are created equal or to be taken internally. For this reason I ONLY use CPTG essential oils. I like that the oils I use are independently tested multiple times to ensure they are certified pure therapeutic grade, better than organic! Email me to learn more Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Learn about substituting with essential oils in my blog post 

    Some health benefits of common spices & blends

    Allspice – Helps with digestive & pain relief, used to treat bacterial and fungal infections as well as coughs, chills, bronchitis and depression. It resembles a mixture of clove, cinnamon & nutmeg.

    *Black PepperImprove digestion, promotes intestinal health, has antioxidant and antibacterial effects. The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.

    *Cassia or *Cinnamon – Can help regulate blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Helps fight fungus and inflammation, inhibits bacterial growth and helps eliminate headaches. Aim for one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day. Add to plain Greek Yogurt, a drop of essential oil and fruit, in your oatmeal, etc

    *Cardamom – a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family.   It offers gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, relief from cardiovascular issues, improvement of blood circulation, helpful with dental diseases & urinary tract infections. It also possesses aphrodisiac properties. Cardamom is used mainly in Middle Eastern cooking. It has a strong pungent flavor and aroma. I frequently will add a pod when making rice. It is the 3rd most expensive spice (saffron, vanilla bean)

    *Clove – has antiseptic and germicidal properties that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems, reduce inflammation of arthritis pain, helps with macular degeneration and tooth infections. Cloves rank as the richest source of antioxidants.

    The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more. Sprinkle ground cloves on applesauce, add to quick bread batters, and add a pinch to hot tea. Grate fresh ginger into quick bread batters and vinaigrette. Add chopped ginger to stir-fries. Sprinkle ground ginger on cooked carrots.

    CocoaControversy on whether cocoa is a spice or not, I do because it is similar with some of the spices like curry, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. They all come in powdered form. It acts as a natural anti-depressant, antioxidant properties, can reduce blood pressure, boosts energy. When choosing cocoa to consume for health, it is Best to choose a high-quality dark chocolate. It should contain at least 70% cocoa and no dairy products.

    coriander*Coriander – Can be refer as both an herb and a spice Although the term coriander is used in much of the world in reference to both cilantro leaves and seeds, in the Americas, it generally refers to the dried cilantro seeds which are used as a spice both in whole form and ground. Protects against the Salmonella bacteria, aids in digestion & helps settle the stomach & prevent flatulence, anti-inflammatory that may alleviate symptoms of arthritis, protects against urinary tract infections, lowers blood sugar,  lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) & raises good cholesteraol (HDL)

    Coriander is a more subtle flavoring of spice & citrus flavor.  Coriander is often used in Spanish, Mexican, Latin and Indian cuisine. It’s a common ingredient in spice rubs, marinades, chilis, sauces, soups and curries and works well with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.  It pairs well with all the other spices in the “C” club: chili powder, cinnamon, curry and especially, cumin I use it in just about all my vegtable fermintation


    Cayenne Helps with pain relief, metabolism booster, prostate cancer fighter, anti-bacterial, helps with digestive issues & coughs, helps with migraines headaches, detoxifier. A dash helps bring out natural flavors of foods

    fennel-sweet1-800x800*Fennel Seeds/powderOffers digestive relief, anti-oxidant, helps maintain proper body functions, helps in prevention of inflammation and cancers Licorice like taste. Use seeds in breads, sausage, fish. Use essential oil to make tea.

    Garlic- Helps to destroys cancer cells and may disrupt the metabolism of tumor cells, protective benefits, reduces acne because of its anti-bacterial properties, help reduce inflammation. Add fresh chopped or minced garlic to pasta dishes, stir-fry dishes, pizza, fresh tomato sauce, and meat and poultry recipes.  ginger-1

    *Ginger – Can decrease motion sickness and nausea; may also relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis, can also hinder blood clotting, an antioxidant. Ginger can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. mixed with honey and heated to provide a sweet gingery glaze on steamed carrots or broiled salmon fillets. Ginger also livens up marinades and sauces.

    Add a dash of warm sweet flavor to winter vegetables. Sprinkle Ground Ginger onto cooked carrots, acorn or butternut squash, or sweet potatoes.

    Mustard – Stimulates digestion, speeds up metabolism, inhibits cancer cell growth, reduces severity of asthma, decreases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lowering of high blood pressure, helps with prevention of migraines

    nutmegNutmeg (& Mace)- Helps relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

    PaprikaContains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer, benefits night vision, helps control blood clot formation. Combine paprika with other spices, such as garlic powder and cayenne, and use as a healthful rub for chicken breast, fish or lean red meat. Lightly coat sweet potatoes in olive oil and paprika, and then roast until tender, or use paprika as a seasoning for roasted or steamed carrots. Add a spoonful of paprika to your favorite hummus to add flavor, or roast peeled chickpeas in a mix of paprika and coconut oil for a healthful snack. Finally, try using paprika to season homemade soups — it pairs especially well with pureed carrot, squash or pumpkin soups.

    Saltmostly known as a mineral. Some people say that salt is a mineral and not a spice. In actuality salt can be used to flavor food; therefore to me it is also a spice. Sodium chloride (salt) is essential to the body helping transmit nerve impulses. It plays an important role in maintaining the blood pressure and regulating our body fluids.

    Turmeric Can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, protects against cognitive decline associated with aging, a digestive aide, cholesterol reducer, lowers blood sugar, liver detoxifier, speeds up wound healing. Use it in eggs, salad dressings, meats, poultry, fish & rice dishes.

    Vanilla – Helps relieve pain, aches, stress, anxiety, depression, gas, fatigue, vomiting and nausea. Vanilla beans can also be a natural aphrodisiac. It contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

    COMMON BLENDS:

    Chili Powder – combination of cumin, coriander, chili peppers, garlic, cloves, paprika, salt, oregano, black pepper, & turmeric

    Chinese Five-Spice – ground cloves, anise, fennel, licorice root, & cinnamon

    Crushed Red PepperCrushed red pepper flakes are made up of a combination of red chili pepper types. Ancho, bell, cayenne and other peppers can all be part of the dried and ground pepper mix. Most of these peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which can help deplete the brain of pain-signaling neurotransmitters, block inflammation, preventing prostate cancer cells from proliferating and inducing cell death, according to a study published in the journal “Cancer Research” in 2006. , appetite suppressant & loaded with anti-oxidants, enhances metabolism, increases satiety and helps with fat burning

    Use cayenne, crushed red pepper and paprika to spice up hummus, guacamole, cottage cheese and even mashed potatoes. She adds, “Give marinades or dressings a kick with a little cayenne or sprinkle paprika onto fish for a tasty and pretty change.

    Curry – cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, pepper, dill, mace, cardamom & cloves

    Pumpkin Spices – cinnamon, cloves & ginger.

    * spices available in essential oils. contact me to purchase or learn more Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    November 9, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 45

  • Cancer Prevention Lifestyle

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    Are you aware that less than 10 % of all cancer cases are thought to be related to genetic risk factors. The remainder—90 %—appear to be triggered by lifestyle and environmental factors. Taking control of your Lifestyle can significantly reduce your odds of getting cancer and is way more powerful than simply trying to detect it. This means reducing your toxic intake as much as possible. I certainly don’t want to be living in a bubble, however, there are many things I can do to improve my odds. Today I am going to share with you a few of the cancer prevention things I am doing.

    Does this guarantee I’ll never get cancer? No, I do have a strong family history of it. But if I do get it, my body will be better equipped to fight it off!

    My Cancer Prevention Lifestyle

    tummy-painHaving a cancer prevention lifestyle means seeking out organically-produced items or creating my own. I am talking about food, clothing, cleaning products, personal care products, etc. Because it’s the accumulated exposure from all these varied sources that end up wreaking havoc, it all matters.

    Some steps you can take to lower your risk:

    • Don’t smoke – I thought I’d start with this one because we have been inindated with it, so just don’t!grapes-500x500
    • Limit alcohol – Your cancer risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. So, limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk according to research studies. (You can get the polyphenols and resveratrols from dark skinned grape juice without the negatives.)
    • Maintain a healthy weight – There are lots of suggestions on this blog. If you don’t know where to begin, check out my Back to Basics – Steps for a Healthy Body 
    • Be physically active – This can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent cancer.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a healthy adult should engage in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like a brisk walk) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week. Get some ideas 
    • healthy bodyEat healthy – That means lots of fresh (or frozen) fruits, veggies and beans, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, virgin olive oil, virgin organic coconut oil, etc), lean animal products, etc. AND keeping all types of processed food to a bare minimum. Anything high in calories and low in nutrition should be reserved for extra special occasions only.
    • Read ingredient labels – It is mind boggling how many artificial and toxic honestly-labeled-foodsingredients are in not only our foods, but household and personal care products too. I go for the natural or make it myself. (again lots on this blog) Just because it says ‘Natural” on the front of the bottle doesn’t mean it is – READ!
    • Reduce hazard chemical contact – An example: ‘Flame-retardant’ materials which were created and required for our safety but have now proven to be more of a hazard than helpful (removed from children’s pajamas in the 70’s). Get list of offenders HERE
    • Get your vitamin D & then cover-up – There is some research showing that vitamin D may help in prevention. As a very general guide, you need to expose about 40 % of your 0701161623aentire body to the sun for approximately 20 minutes when the sun is at its zenith. If you plan to be in the sun longer then use a sunscreen. Some ingredients in the sunscreen may be cancerous. I know a vicious circle so, I make my own. Get the recipe 
    • Avoid electromagnetic fields – As much as possible, limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, as well as from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms. In other words, reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary.
    • Get enough restorative sleep – Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which can contribute to cancer. Contact me (Kathy@kathyskinner.com) for some essential oil combinations that work wonders to enhance your sleep.
    • Learn stress management tools – Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. Even the Center for Disease Control states that 85 % of disease is driven by emotional factors. Long deep breathes usually help with the immediate stuff. Yoga, walking, meditation and essential oils can help with immediate and overall. Out the Learn about the Benefits of Walking   spiritual
    • Stay Spiritually connected – There are many researchers who believe that certain beliefs, attitudes, and practices associated with being a spiritual person influence health in a positive way. I personally stay spiritually connected through prayer, meditation, Bible study, worship and regularly meeting with members of my faith based community.

    I don’t know if I will get cancer or how long I will live but I can tell you that I am very healthy and have lots of energy to do the things I want. I feel very blessed and wish the same for you!

    Kathy

     

    Sources and References:

    Caring.com; Melanie Haiken; cancer.gov; MayoClinic.org; HealthUCSD.edu; ajcn.org; aromaticscience.com; Healthwithfood.org

    October 9, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 71

  • Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

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    When I have a surplus of zucchini in my garden, I will make the usual zucchini bread but I also make these oatmeal cookies. They always get raves and requests for the recipe so I figured it was about time I recorded it here!

    This last batch I used a 1/2 cup of ground old fashion oats in place of the wheat flour and they were great again!

    Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
    • ¾ cup white beans pureed
    • 1/2 c wheat flour
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2/3 cup coconut oil liquified
    • 1 cup grated zucchinioatmeal-zucchini-carrot
    • 1/2 c shredded carrot
    • 1/2 c shredded coconut
    • 1/2 c Raisins
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ cup local raw honey
    • 1/2 c brown sugar

    Instructions:  

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grate zucchini and squeeze out excess water. (I grate onto a paper towel and then use the paper towel to get rid of the excess water. Wrap the paper towel or dish cloth around the zucchini and squeeze over the sink.) Grate carrot 
    3. Beat oil, honey & sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
    4. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
    5. Gradually add flour mixture to the oil/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until well combined. Then gradually add in beans, beating until combined
    6. Stir in oats, zucchini, carrot, coconut, and raisins.
    7. Drop by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they just start to turn color. Let cool on sheets for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack and ENJOY!

    Per Cookie:

    101 cal, 11g fat, 10mg sodium, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, 1.5g protein

     

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    October 3, 2016 • Recipes • Views: 99

  • Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

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    I absolutely love this recipe. It is so easy, it’s raw clean eating and useful in many ways. Once the marinated cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes are ready, they can be eaten on their own or used as toppers for salad greens (no extra dressing required), on rice, bugler, quinoa, couscous or cottage cheese.

    cherry tomatoesUsually I use Roma Tomatoes, regular cucumbers sliced along with rings of onion. As you will see in the photos, I used cherry tomatoes as I had an over-abundant harvest of them and I chopped my onions and my ‘pickling’ cucumbers since I had so many of them as well!

    Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

    Ingredients:

    • 3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
    • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
    • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
    • 1/2 cup aple cider vinegar with mother
    • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup olive oil

    Directions:  marinated tomato, cucumbers

    • Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
    • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving

    NOTE:

    • I find it will keep in the frig about a week
    • You can also change it up by adding fresh herbs or a drop or two of essential oils (my favorite is 1 drop each Basil and Oregano)

     

    Enjoy!!!

    October 1, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 78

  • Marinated Asian Eggplant

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    If you have been following my blog, you are aware that I am diligently eating more raw. So it only made sense that I should look for a way to eat my eggplant in a raw form. This mean not cooking it over 118 degrees. I decided to try marinating it to eat as an appetizer or use in my salads. This is what I came up with. I love it both ways. It is a bit rich so it keeps me from over eating! I served it at one of my Healthy Habits classes and it got rave reviews even from people who don’t like eggplant. I have to give them lots of kudos for even trying!!!

    Marinated Asian Eggplant

    Makes about 5 -7 servings (28 Bites)

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 lbs Japanese/Asian eggplant (Black Beauty globe eggplant works well too)
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
    • 1 drop ginger essential oil or 1 tsp. grated ginger
    • 1 tbsp. Rice vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
    • 2 drops liquid Stevia or 1 tsp. sugar
    • 1 tsp. White wine or Vermouth
    • ½ Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

    Directions:058

    • Wash and trim eggplant ends.
    • Steam eggplants for 10 minutes or until barely soft.
    • Cut into bite size strips.
    • Sprinkle pinch of salt.
    • Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl.
    • Mix well (until sugar is dissolved).
    • Chill and marinate eggplants for overnight.

    1 Bite =13.5 calories, .5g Fat, 16mg Sodium, 2g Carbs, .6g Fiber, .8g Sugar, .3g Protein

     

    September 13, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 180

  • Zucchini Stuffed with Turkey Sausage

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    I love growing Zucchini because it is so easy to grow. If you have ever tried it, you probably also found that once it gets going it can get out of hand. You may have even found yourself with a few giant sized zucchinis. The green ones tend to loose some of their flavor but are still good for breads, cookies and cakes. This year I tried the Yellow Zucchini and found they retain their flavor even when large which makes them a better choice for stuffing! After a recent harvest I found myself with a 16 inch yellow zucchini so I decided to try it with my Turkey Sausage stuffing mixture. It was fabulous!!!

    Zucchini Stuffed with Turkey Sausage

    Makes about 6 Servings

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large zucchini (about 12 inches, yellow zucchini tastes better)
    • 1 lb. Turkey Sausage
    • ½ c chopped onion
    • ½ T minced garlic
    • ½ c chopped celery
    • ¼ c chopped bell pepper
    • ½ c fresh pureed tomatoes
    • 1 egg
    • 1 c cooked brown rice
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 2/3 c Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise
    • Clean out seeds and puncture pulp with a fork several times
    • Combine remaining ingredients except cheese
    • Fill each half with mixture, mounding towards edges
    • Place zucchini in a large pan with about one inch of water in bottom of pan 063
    • Bake about 45 minutes until tender
    • Sprinkle with cheese
    • 068Broil for about 5 minutes until cheese melts and turns golden
    • Remove and let cool a few minutes.
    • Slice and serve

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    It is always nice having leftovers so I can have something quick for those days I’m just too busy to prepare a healthy meal. I sliced up the remained and put some in the refrigerator and some in the freezer. We warmed up and ate the refrigerator pieces about five days later and it tasted just as good as the day I made them. We haven’t had the freezer pieces as yet so I’ll have to get back to you. I am curious to see how well they hold their shape as well as texture and taste.

    September 12, 2016 • Recipes • Views: 99

  • Summer Activities to Burn 100 Calories

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    We have all heard about how we need to spend time being active on an almost daily basis. There are many ways to burn 100 calories, but if you are like me, being inside in a gym is just not where I want to be on these beautiful summer days. So for FUN, I have listed some FUN activities and how long it takes to burn just 100 calories!

    HOW LONG TO BURN 100 CALORIES
    (based on a 150 pound person)

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    Bicycling (5 mph) – 35 minutes
    Canoeing (2.5 mph) – 35 minutes
    Golf (2-some, carrying clubs) – 19 minutes
    Horse back Riding (sit to trot) – 24 minutes
    Jogging (10 minute mile , 6 mph) – 9 minutes
    childJumping Rope (70 jumps per minute ) – 9 minutes
    Swimming (crawl, 20 yard per minute ) – 20 minutes
    Tennis (recreational singles) – 13 minutes
    Volleyball (recreational) – 23 minutes
    Walking (2 mph) – 30 minutes

    AND HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF EXERCISING

    • Boosts your mood
    • Gives you more energy
    • Helps you sleep better
    • Reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and the risk of dying from CHD
    • Reduces stress
    • Lowers the risk of developing high blood pressure
    • Lowers the risk of developing non-insulindependent (type 2) diabetes
    • Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer
    • Helps people achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
    • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints

    Just a few reminders:

    • If you haven’t been active, start out slow and shorter amounts of time.
    • Choose some thing you like to do!
    • Wear comfortable clothes & shoes
    • Stay hydrated – Herbalife’s HYDRATE is a healthy alternative to heavy sugar & sugar substitutes. Get some HERE!
    • Wear sunscreen if you are out for more than15 minutes.  Get my 0701161623aHomemade recipe HERE
    • Use an insect repellent, one without DEET I recommend one that  works great for me. Because of the FDA I can’t name it so contact me to Get Some! Kathy@kathyskinner.com 
    • Most importantly – Have FUN!!!

    July 23, 2016 • Healthy Hints • Views: 276

  • Natural Sunscreen – DIY

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    I love the summertime and the opportunity to be outside a lot! Having spent most of my life in Southern California with over 25 years within 2 miles of the beach, my skin has absorbed a good amount of rays. Over the years I have tried a whole lot of sunscreen products. With my ever increasing desire to reduce the toxic load to my body, I have turned to natural ways to help protect myself from too many rays. This means I aim for my outdoor time to be early mornings and late afternoons and evenings. If you see me out and about I will be wearing a hat and sunglasses. And I use my Natural Sunscreen that I quickly and easily whip up at home for just a fraction of the cost of the store bought varieties.

    sunburnConventional sunscreens may help prevent sunburn, but they often contain ingredients that may do long term harm. Even the mainstream media has started to mention some these issues associated with Oxybenzone, retinyl palminate, and nanoparticles.

    Several oils can be helpful on the skin. Check out this study.  It lists the SPF of many common cooking and essential oils.

    The article said Virgin Coconut oil has an SPF of about 8 and sandalwood essential oil has an SPF of 30.  The quality of the essential oil will make a big difference in the SPF, so if you want to know which brand I use contact me at Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    NATURAL SUNSCREEN

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    What you need:

    • 40 drops sandalwood essential oil (Buy)
    • 4 ounces Virgin coconut oil (Buy)
    • a scale (Buy)
    • Glass Jar (Buy)

    Directions:

    • Weight out the Virgin Coconut oil on scale
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    • Apply before exposure to sun.
    • Reapply as needed and after being in the water.

    For greater protection, increase the sandalwood to 80 drops.

    Here is another recipe for a single use:

    3 drops Sandalwood or Helichrysum for each teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut oil.

    July 2, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 218

  • 4 Ways to Make Ice Tea

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    I’m an avid tea drinker, both the hot and iced variety and being that June is National Ice Tea Month, I thought I would share a bit about it. Iced tea is consumed world-wide. Here in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed.

    Iced tea is a refreshing, cold drink which can be enjoyed all year round. It can be made using black, green, white or herbal tea. It is usually served with ice cubes, maybe some sliced fruit and sweetened or not. It can be freshly made a variety of ways for just pennies or purchased ready made.

    There are only 2 calories in 1 cup of unsweetened iced tea while sweetened tea can contain a whole lot more, so read the label!!!

    I Want My Iced Tea Now Methods:

    • Simple heat water in a pan to almost boiling. Then add 1- 3 tea bags of your choice and let it steep for 5 – 10 minutues. Place ice in a glass along with a metal spoon (this keeps the glass from breaking) and pour tea in. Drink as is or a add sweetener. I like to use a drop or two of liquid Stevia, no calories. SweetLeaf My favorite is SweetLeaf which comes plain or flavored. Get it HERE
    • I like to make my tea in a big batch using my Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker, get HERE. It is so easy and this way I can use tea bags or fresh ice teamint from my garden, I have Spearmint and also Chocolate Mint – Yummmm!  Following manufacturer directions is so simple. First I fill water in the pitcher to the water line and then pour it into the machine. Then fill ice up to the ice line on the pitcher. Next I add the teabags into the holding container or cram in as much mint as I can in it, put the lid on and put it ontop the pitcher and push the button.

    I Want My Tea Later Methods:

    • Sun-tea is very popular and easy as long as you are sun-tea-vertpatient. Find a large glass jar fill it with water and 4-5 tea bags. Put it out in the sun for several hours, that’s it! 
    • Refrigerator tea takes a bit longer. Do as above and put container in the refrigerator for about 10-12 hours.

    Flavoring Your Tea is as wide open as your imagination! One thing you may not have thought of is using certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. (Not all essential oils or brands can be taken internally. Email me to learn what I use, Kathy@kathyskinner.com)

    When using essential oils, just use ONE drop, try it and then add ONE more if you want more flavor. Some, like Peppermint, are quite potent so just stick a toothpick into the essential oil container and then stir it around in your tea. Other essential oils to try are:

    • Basil
    • Ginger
    • Grapefruit
    • Jasmine
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Wild Orange
    • Ylang Ylang

    Email me to get essential oils or learn more – Kathy@kathyskinner.com 

    Have any other ideas? Share your favorite Iced Tea so we can all enjoy!

    Kathy

    June 20, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 277