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  • Cinnamon Almonds with Essential Oil

    Plain raw soaked almonds are usually tasty enough for me. However, over the holidays I thought I would add a little pzazz to them. These Cinnamon Almonds are easy to make in your crock pot. The recipe below is for raw almonds. I follow the same recipe but soak my almonds for about 6 – 8 hour, rinsing several times. Then I lay them out on a cloth kitchen towel to dry overnight. I do this to release the enzyme inhibitors to make digestion easier as well as it increases the nutrients for my body. This process plumps them up a bit so it means that the serving size is more like 12 almonds.

    CINNAMON ALMONDS 

    Makes about 24 – 1/8 cup servings (about 14 nuts)

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups Organic Light Brown Sugar
    • 25 drops of dōTERRA Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil BUY 
    • 1/8 Sea Salt
    • 1 Egg White
    • 2 Tsp. Organic Vanilla
    • 3 cups of Almonds
    • 1/4 cup Water

    Directions:

    • Mix sugar, Cassia essential oil and salt, set aside.
    • Whisk the egg white and vanilla until it’s frothy

    • Add almonds coating them well.
    • Add the cassia/sugar mixture and toss them around until they’re well coated.    
    • Oil up a large crock pot thoroughly, add your coated almonds
    • Cook on low for 3 hours. Make sure to stir them every 25 minutes.

    • In the last hour, add your 1/4 cup water and let it cook another 45 minutes.
    • Line a cookie sheet with parchment/wax paper and spread out your almonds flat to cool.

    Per serving: 154 cal, 9g total fat, 0 Chol, 17mg sodium, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 14g sugar, 4g protein

    NOTE:

    • Not all brands of essential oils are the same or even safe for internal use.  This is why I ONLY use doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils. Email me if you would like to know more. kathy@kathyskinner.com
    • Save the remaining sugar for ice cream or your coffee/tea.
    • Can substitute almonds with other nuts such as pecans or walnuts

    Some of the benefits of Cassia essential oil*:

    • Cassia supports a healthy metabolism.
    • It helps maintain blood sugar levels already in the normal range.
    • Cassia may help to support the health of the liver, kidneys, and urinary tract.
    • It has valuable antioxidant properties.
    • It maintains the health of the gastrointestinal tract promoting a healthy digestion
    • Combine one to two drops of Cassia along with Lemon in a glass of water to aid digestion or ward off hunger craving
    • Supports healthy immune function & response system
    • Helps promote circulation
    • It can be used in cooking, either as a replacement for Cinnamon in pies and breads, or by itself in a myriad of entrees and desserts

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
    This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

    January 7, 2017 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 672

  • Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    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  

    Note:

    • These cookies freeze well
    • Add 3 drops doTERRA Wild Orange or Cinnamon or Cassia essential oils for added flavor pop and health benefits.

     

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    October 3, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 699

  • Guilt Free Pumpkin Cookies

    It’s October and everywhere I turn there is a pumpkin flavored or scented item. I even saw pumpkin Biscotti the other day! I really enjoy the flavor myself. Just this morning I had a Pumpkin Spice Shake. I just added a 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin along with a drop each of Cassia, Clove & Ginger essential oil or you could add pumpkin spice seasoning! Delish!

    Since I do enjoy pumpkin, I came up with this healthier version of the Pumpkin Cookie. Because it is low in calories and high in nutrition, I don’t feel guilty having one or two for my afternoon snack along with a cup of herbal tea. While the Fall Season causes us to consume more pumpkin foods, these cookies are great anytime of the year.

    Pumpkin Cookies

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    Makes about 3 dozen small cookies

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • ½ cup coconut oil
    • ½ tsp liquid clear Stevia
    • ½ cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 3 drops Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil*    cinnamon-oil
    • 2 drops Ginger essential oil*
    • 1 drop Clove essential oil*
    • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • ¾ cup oat flour**
    • 2 T flax seed meal
    • 2 T cornstarch
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
    • ½ tsp sea salt

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
    • Reduce pumpkin by heating over medium heat in sauce pan for 30-40 minutes. Stirring often until reduced to ½ cup
    • Cream together coconut oil, stevia & brown sugar
    • Mix in cooled pumpkin, vanilla & essential oils
    • Combine dry ingredients in bowl & whisk
    • Combine wet & dry ingredients mixing until well combined
    • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into ball, place on parchment & flatten with back of spoon
    • Bake 10-12 minutes, let cool a couple minutes on sheet then, remove to cooling rack
    • Store in sealed container.
    • They also freeze well 

    1 cookie: 68 cal, 3.4g total fat, 41.25mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 1.6g protein

    Notes:  *Not all essential oils are pure enough to be consumed, which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Learn about them HERE

    **I make my own oat flour by grinding it in my blender or food processor.

    Enjoy!

    Kathy

    October 23, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 680

  • Fiber, Why Eat It?

    Personally I have found that fiber does wonders to keep me healthy and at a healthy weight. I have more energy from better absorption of food nutrients, toxins are flushed out regularly, I feel full longer and there’s more! So let’s get started on some Fiber Facts.

    WHAT IS FIBER?

    It is the structural part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that your digestive system cannot digest or break down. Increasing fiber in the diet can be an important factor in improving your overall well-being.

    There are two main types of fiber, and they have different effects on the body:

    Soluble fiber dissolve in water and get sticky like oatmeal. This keeps us full longer.

    Corn on CobInsoluble fiber is mainly made up of plant cell walls, and it cannot be dissolved in water. Instead It absorbs water which makes the fiber more bulky and speeds the passage of waste through our digestive system helping to keep us regular.

    Facts About Fiber                 Beans -string

    • Only plants produce fiber. No matter how chewy or “tough” animal products may be, they do not contain fiber – not even bones or eggshells.
    • Heart stethscopeFiber has a beneficial effect on body chemistry, such as lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It slows digestion and absorption so that glucose (sugar) in food enters the bloodstream more slowly, which keeps blood sugar on a more even level.
    • Fiber binds to fats and toxins and escorts them out.
    • Healthy bacteria like to feed on soluble fiber which encourages the healthy bacteria to multiply.
    • Fiber keeps stool soft and keeps the contents of the intestines moving.
    • A good diet should contain approximately 25 to 35 grams a day. The average American eats less than half of that, consuming only about 10% of the fiber that they did 100 years ago. The change in the way wheat was processed into flour at the turn of the century-from a crushing to a finer rolling process – accounts bread sliced-whitesubstantially for the depletion in dietary fiber. Along with prepared, pop it into the oven meals and highly processed snacks.
    • Since fiber demands that food be chewed more thoroughly, it slows down the eating process and helps contribute to a feeling of being full, which in turn can help prevent obesity from overeating. Fiber makes food more satisfying, probably because the contents of the stomach are bulkier and stay there longer.
    • It takes about 7 calories to process 1 gram of fiber. So the average American, who eats only 12 grams of fiber in a day, only flushes about 84 calories from their day. Some Health standards recommend eating 35 grams of fiber each day, thus flushing 245 calories. If you follow these guidelines: three healthy meals a day and three healthy snacks, staying within the fiber and calorie guidelines, something wonderful will happen. Your metabolism will go UP, and you will start to drop your stored calories, which we all know as fat!
    • glass of water It is important to increase your fluid intake with WATER. Since dietary fiber is somewhat sponge like, it absorbs water. Additional amounts of water are helpful in pushing the fiber along its course.

    WHAT ARE THE BEST SOURCES?

    • Bran has the highest fiber content – about 25% to 45%.
    • Whole grains this includes breads and cereals, whole-grain pastas, and brown rice
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Beans Legumes (such as dried peas, beans, lentils)
    •  Fruits
    •  Vegetables
    • A dietary supplement of fiber products such as Herbalife Active Fiber which provides 5 grams of fiber in each serving (2.5 soluble & 2.5 insoluble)

    Check out Common Sense Health.com they have a great list of High Fiber Foods with the gram amounts by serving size.

    WAYS ADD IN MORE FIBER

    • Sprinkle bran, nuts, seeds, grains on your other foods, like yogurt or custard.                  yogurt with seeds Strawberry_Bowl-Ed
    • Add a spoonful of bran to a bowl of cereal, or add it with berries as a topping on ice cream.
    • Substitute half whole grain flour for the white flour in your recipes.
    • Use bran instead of breading on chicken and fish, breakfasting with bran cakes, or making meatballs with bran filler
    • Fresh and frozen berries are a rich source of fiber
    • DO NOT overcook your vegetables; lightly steaming and stir frying are excellent in preventing the breakdown of beneficial fiber AND loss of nutrients.
    • Apple measure tapeSML Choose healthy snacks. Eat an apple instead of drinking apple juice. The juice provides NO fiber, while an apple can supply 3.5 grams of dietary fiber.

    As you can see it really isn’t that difficult to increase your daily fiber amount. But if you do need a little extra help, I highly recommend Herbalife’s Active Fiber Complex  (comes in unflavored or apple, get it HERE). It helps to promotes regularity and healthy bowel movement* Supports growth of friendly intestinal bacteria* It has 5grams of balanced soluble and insoluble fiber.

    I like to add a scoop to my Healthy Shake Meal for a thicker, smoother shake.activefibercomplex_apple_400_us

    Another way is to add the Apple flavor Fiber Complex to a cup of fat free Greek Yogurt with chopped apples, walnuts and if you have it, 1 drop of Cassia essential oil. It makes a yummy snack or meal.

    Or just with water or your favorite beverage.

    Check out my recipes for some healthy fiber snacks:

    Tell me about ways you increase your Fiber!

    March 17, 2015 • Healthy Hints • Views: 1929

  • Essential Oils for Goal Creating, Achieving

    “When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.”Goal Success

    This quote by so many leaders reminds us that we do have more control over our lives than we sometimes want to admit. Creating and achieving a goal is a journey in self-improvement and in gaining more control over our lives.

    When setting a goal, it needs to be specific, a clear WHY I Want It, steps to getting there and date for accomplishment. You can greatly enhance the process by using esDiffuser greenairsential oils for your goal creating and achieving process. For this process diffusing the oil in a diffuser or placing a drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and then breathe in.

    Learn about using essential oils HERE .  I only recommend the use of  doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils because of their of purity.

    Essential Oils for Goal Creating, Achieving

    Maybe you have already set some goals and just need a little help achieving them. If that is you scroll down for some oil suggestions.

    Or maybe you’re not real sure what goals to set for yourself. Breathe in an oil suggested here and start asking yourself questions like:

    • What do I want to experience more of right now? in my life?
    • If I had that, would it make a difference? How?
    • How serious am I in making changes in my life to accomplish this?

    Essential Oils to Help:         Make a Purchase

    You Gain Vision and Clarity about What You’d Like to Achieve  

    Balance®, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, clarifies; helps to provide balance

    Cassia – oil of self-assurance – helps assist in discovering innate gifts and talents

    Citrus Bliss®, The Invigorating Blend – oil of creativity, helps motivate one to use their true creative power

    Clary Sage – oil of clarity and vision, helps assist in opening creative channels

    InTune®, The Focus Blend – oil of presence, helps calm the mind facilitating inner peace

    Lemon – oil of focus, helps with mental clarity and clearing the mind

    Roman Chamomile – oil of spiritual purpose, helps support discovery and living ones true life purpose

    Rosemary – oil of knowledge and transition, helps during times of confusion, difficulty adjusting or learning

    Vetiver – oil of centering and descent, helps assist in deeply connecting with what one thinks and feels – can be very supportive in self-awareness work

    Wild Orange – oil of abundance, helps to foster creativity

     

    To help Remove Blocks try using:

    Basil – oil of renewal, gives hope and optimism

    Bergamot – oil of self-acceptance, supports self-love and acceptanceblack-pepper-oil-bottle

    Black Pepper – oil of unmasking, helps give strength to overcome challenges and issues carried inside

    Cassia – oil of self-assurance, helps bring gladness and courage to heart and soul

    Cilantro – oil of releasing control, facilitates emotional cleansing, shedding what is not in harmony with ones true self

    Clary Sage – oil of clarity and vision, helps assist in clearing creative blocks

    Cypress – oil of motion and flow, helps to remove emotional blocks

    Helichrysum – oil for pain, helps to restore confidence in life and in self

    Immortelle®, The Anti-aging blend – oil of spiritual insight, helps to assist in releasing negativity, and limiting perceptions

    Lavender – oil of communication, supports individuals in releasing tension and constrictions that stem from fear of expressing one’s self

    Oregano – oil of humility and non-attachment, helps remove blocks and clear negativity

    Purify®, The Cleansing Blend– oil of purification, diffused in air it can help facilitate emotional breakthroughs

    Thyme – oil of releasing and forgiving, helps to assist in addressing trapped feelings

     

    O.K. you have your GOAL, you’re focused on doing something each day that brings you closer to it – BUT – sometimes you just can’t get yourself going.

    Oils to help you Achieve Success:

    Balance®, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, helps to provide inner strength and fortitude

    Citrus Bliss®, The Invigorating Blend – oil of creativity, helps to return motivation and drive when it is lacking

    Ginger – oil of empowerment, helps individuals in taking full responsibility for their life circumstances, to choose their own destiny

    Lemon – oil of focus, helps to restore energy, mental flexibility and drive to complete a project

    Lemongrass – oil of cleansing, helps with dispeling feelings of despondency, despair and lethargy

    I would love to hear your comments on the oils, your goals, what support you might need. I’m here for you!

    Kathy

    P.S. If you have any questions on the oils, their uses, etc. email me kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Or if you are interested in making a purchase and like getting discounts (no sharing or selling required), go to https://www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinner/#/ 

    I can help you with that also! Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    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

    January 12, 2015 • Essential Oils, Mind Managing • Views: 1702

  • Cinnamon Spread with Coconut Oil

    Once I discovered that Virgin Organic Coconut Oil was a saturated fat with a whole lot of HEALTHY components, unlike other saturated fats, I started looking for ways to incorporate it into my diet daily. I was especially intrigued about the way it helps to fight Candida overgrowth. We all need some Candida but too much can result in numerous health issues. To read more check out this research study in PubMed.gov  and a list of symptoms caused by Candida

    To make this spread the healthiest and tastiest I also used a butter grapeseed oil which contains no actual butter. I use liquid Stevia in place of white sugar and add  either Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil. It is really amazing how just 2 drops really make the flavor pop! I tried it with out the essential oil and it was O.K. just not as tasty. Read below the recipe for the health properties of the essential oils. Not all essential oils are safe for consumption. Email me to learn more as the FDA does not allow info here even though essential oils are not drugs.

    I use this spread everyday either on a slice of organic whole grain toast or in my oatmeal.

    CINNAMON SPREAD

    16 servings of 1 Tablespoon each

    Cinnamon Spread ingredents  Ingredients:

    Directions:

    • Heat Coconut oil to liquefy
    • Remove from heat
    • Stir in remaining ingredients
    • Pour into glass container (I use jars with a screw top lid)
    • Occasionally stir as spread begins to solidify to prevent separation
    • Cover with lid and store on counter.Cinammon spread close up
    • We like this spread so much that it never lasts more than a couple weeks. Store in refrigerator if wanting to keep longer.

    Per serving: 105 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g carbs, 4 g sugar

    NOTES:

    • *You can also use natural grapeseed oil, the butter flavor just makes it tastier
    • **I have used both the Cinnamon and the Cassia essential oils and they both work well. I mostly use the Cassia in cooking as it is a better price point and has almost all the  benefits as the Cinnamon.

    Ways Cinnamon and Cassia Essential Oils Help Support Good Health

    • Promotes circulation
    • Maintains a healthy immune system
    • Promotes oral health
    • Helps alleviate sore muscles and joints
    • Long used for its internal health benefits
    • Long used as natural flavoring

    • Promotes healthy digestion
    • Warming, uplifting aroma
    • Helps promote circulation

    Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this spread or if you have a favorite to share!

    Blessings for Health, 

    Kathy

    Purchase essential oil at retail or discount by contacting me; kathy@kathyskinner.com

    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

    December 31, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes, Wildtree • Views: 744

  • Flourless Brownies

    It may surprise you to know these fourless brownies are made with Black beans. They are a delicious and nutritional, full of fiber and protein compared to traditional chocolate brownies. Don’t be nervous about baking with black beans, they have a mild flavor and are extremely rich and creamy. You can also boost the flavor and health benefits of your brownie with essential oils such as Peppermint, Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Cassia or even Lavender.

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    BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

    Ingredients:

    • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Special Dark)
    • 1/2 cup raw honey
    • 1/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil melted (Buy HERE)
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • 4 drops Cassia essential oil (or Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lavender)   (purchase essential oils that can be ingested HERE)
    • 2/3 cup chocolate chips, divided (I used Special Dark, could also use carob chips)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
    3. Pour batter into large bowl and stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
    4. Pour into greased 8×8-inch pan and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips.
    5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    6. Let cool and cut into 24 pieces. Store in refrigerator.

    1 piece = Calories-98.7, Fat-8.7g, Chol.-15.5g, Sod-10mg, Carbs-13g, Fiber-2g, Sugar-8.5g, Protein-2.4g

    NOTES:

    • These brownies freezes well. Great way to have a little something after dinner!
    • I use the oils because it ups the medicinal/nutritional values and flavor for the foods I eat.
    • Not all essential oils are safe to use internally. To learn more and which oils I use click HERE or contact me at Kathy@kathyskinner.com . Even though essential oils are not drugs the FDA has limited us from sharing information here.

    Would love to hear what you think so leave me a comment below.

     

     Some of the Ways Essential Oils

    Might Help to Improve Ones Health

    Cassia

    • Promotes healthy digestion
    • Supports healthy immune function
    • Helps promote circulation
    • Helps soothe sore, achy jointscinnamon-oil

    Cinnamon                

    • Promotes circulation
    • Maintains a healthy immune system
    • Promotes oral health
    • Helps alleviate sore muscles and joints
    • Long used for its internal health benefits

    lavender-essential-oil bottleLavender

    • Widely used for its calming and
    relaxing qualities
    • Soothes occasional skin irritations
    • Helps skin recover quickly
    • Eases muscle tension

    Protective Blend

    • Supports healthy immune function
    • Protects against environmental threats
    • Cleans surfaces
    • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
    • Energizing, uplifting aroma

    Peppermint

    • Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
    • Alleviates occasional stomach upset

    Wild Orange              Essential oil with orange peel

    • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
    • Protects against seasonal and
    environmental threats
    • High in antioxidants
    • Uplifting to the mind and body

    Ask me about use for specific issues by leaving a comment below or EMAIL me for something more private

    Due to the purity of the essential oils I use, very little goes a long way – use very little and then reapply every half hour if you need to.

    Purchase Essential Oils at RETAIL or receive discounts of 25%!  Or email me Kathy@kathyskinner.com for more information.

    Wishing you Blessings for a Wonderful Day!

    Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared on this site 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 the products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    September 15, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes • Views: 1903