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  • Hot Apple Cider with Essential Oils

    This time of the year with the cool crispness in the air, I find myself yearning for Hot Apple Cider. Not only does it taste wonderful to me, I also love the aroma that fills my home. 

    Over the years I have tried many combinations of spices all tied up in my little cheesecloth bundle, but this year, well I decided to just use essential oils. After all, I have had such great results when using them in recipes so why shouldn’t this be any different. OH MY! Yes it was different – the BEST Apple Cider I have ever made!!! Or mix I have ever bought!!!

    Why didn’t I try this before? I don’t know, but I’ll never go back to the little spice bundles. Try this recipe for yourself and see if you don’t agree. Leave me a comment on what you think.

    Hot Apple Cider with Essential Oils

    • 16 cups (1 gallon) good quality apple cider     

    • 20 drops wild orange essential oil  Purchase Here 

    • 16 drops clove essential oil  Purchase Here

    • 12 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil  Purchase Here

    Pour apple cider into a pan and place on medium heat until warm. Add essential oils and stir well. If not serving immediately, place in a crockpot to stay warm. Store leftover cider in the fridge.
    Yield–16 cups

     

    Note: Do you want the great smell of mulled cider wafting throughout your home but don’t want to make a batch? no worries. Just use this awesome Cider Diffuser Blend Recipe in your favorite diffuser and enjoy this great smell of Christmas anytime

    Cider Diffuser Blend

    3 drops Wild Orange Purchase Here  

    2 drops Cinnamon or Cassia Purchase Here

    2 drops Ginger Purchase Here

    October 30, 2017 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 124

  • 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.

     

    Bread_Surplus VeggiesMore Zucchini recipes:

    October 3, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 939

  • 4 Ways to Make Ice Tea

    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. For this reason I ONLY  use doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils

    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: 745

  • Plant Protein

    I am often asked, “What is protein?” “Why do I need it?” “What are some good non-animal sources?” These are all very good questions and I always get excited when someone wants to know more about ‘Plant Protein’! There’s so much to cover I thought an outline of info would be most helpful.

    What Is Protein? What Does It Do For Me?

    • It is an important component of every cell in the body. It is an organic compound, composed of 22 amino acids, otherwise known as the building blocks of life.
    • It is stored in muscles and organs and the body utilizes it to build and repair tissues, as well as for the production of enzymes and hormones.  healthy body
    • Proteins make it possible for blood to carry oxygen throughout the body.
    • Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning the body needs relatively large amounts of it.
    • Our daily recommended protein requirements should be about 35% of our total caloric intake for adults, with men needing slightly more than women.
    • Calculate your amount HERE 
    • A lack of protein can cause loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, as well as weakening of the heart and respiratory system.

    All Protein Not Alike 

    Different kinds of meat, eggs and two bottles of milk --- Image by © Imagemore Co., Ltd./Corbis

    • Animal sources of protein tend to be complete. They contain all the amino acids needed to build new proteins.
    • Incomplete proteins – lack or are low in one or more amino acids that the body can’t make from scratch or create by modifying another amino acid. These usually come from fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. People who don’t eat meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or dairy products should eat a variety of protein-containing foods each day.
    • If you’re eating a good mix of fruits, veggies, grains and legumes, then your body simply collects what it needs from the “amino soup” that your digestion system has absorbed. There are a growing number of vegan bodybuilders, ultra marathon runners and award-winning athletes out there to prove that meeting your protein needs on a plant-based diet is simple and successful.

    Can you get too much animal protein?

    • All animal products are devoid of fiber.
    • Digesting animal proteins releases acids that the body usually neutralizes with calcium and other buffering agents in the blood as well as decreasing oxygen levels in the blood, and negatively impacting the digestive/lymphatic system.
    • Eating lots of animal protein, such as the amounts recommended in the so-called low-Carb or no-Carb diets, takes lots of calcium. Some of this may be pulled from bone. Following a high-animal protein diet for a few weeks probably won’t have much effect on bone strength. Doing it for a long time, though, could weaken bones.

    PLANT PROTIEN SOURCES

    All plant-based foods are practically free from cholesterol, tend to be high in fiber, and are often alkalizing to the body. Some plant proteins contain all the amino acids needed to build new proteins. Some of more common ones are:  chia-seeds

    • Quinoa – 1 cup cooked is 8.1 grams
    • Buckwheat – 1 cup cooked is 5.7 grams
    • Soy – ½ cup cooked edamame is 11.1 grams
    • Chia seed – 1 ounce (2.75 Tbsp) is 4 grams
    • Hemp seed -1 Tbsp hulled is 3.3 grams

    PLANT Protein Combining to Make High-Quality Protein

    • Legumes provide an essential amino acid called lysine, which is low in many grains.
      • Legumes are particularly high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and glucose levels. One cup Lentils gives 17.9 grams protein. One cup Beans (Black, Kidney, Mung, Pinto) gives 12-15 grams protein.
    • Whole grains provide methionine and cysteine, which are low in legumes, beans, peas, lentils and peanuts.
      • Organic Whole GrainsBrown rice is higher in protein, fiber and other nutrients than polished white rice. One cup cooked long grain brown rice has 5 grams of protein.
      • Wikipedia reports, Oat protein is nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein, which World Health Organization research has shown is equal to meat, milk, and egg protein. One cooked cup of Oats has 6.08 grams of protein
      • Whole grains are higher in protein and nutrients than refined grains, such as white bread and pasta
    • Grains are commonly used to complement the protein in legumes/beans.
    • It is not necessary to combine complementary proteins at the same meal. Just be sure to eat a variety of proteins sources throughout the day.
    • Mix two or more of the items on each line below together to make a complete protein.
      • Legumes with Grains like brown rice or whole grain bread
      • Legumes with Nuts
      • Legumes with Seeds
      • Vegetables with grains
    • All vegetables contain protein. Here are a few that have higher amounts:
      • cauliflower-high-protein-plant-food8 spears of asparagus – 3.08 grams of protein
      • One cup cooked cauliflower – 2.28 grams of protein
      • One cup cooked spinach – 5.35 grams of protein
      • One cup cooked chopped broccoli – 5.7 grams of protein

    So as you can see there are lots of ways to get your plant protein. One of my favorite ways is so simple to make, Curried Lentil Salad.lentil salad I make a batch to keep a bowl of it in the frig so there is always some healthy plant protein ready-to-eat!

    Looking for ways to take the flavor up a notch? Try adding just ONE drop of doTERRA CPTG Essential Oil. I like using Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Wild Orange, you get the idea.

    Enjoy!

    Kathy

    May 21, 2016 • Uncategorized • Views: 1653

  • DIY: All Purpose Spray Natural Cleaner

    Have you ever read the cleaning directions on most All Purpose Cleaners? Years ago I did and was very disappointed to see that after I used the cleaner I needed to go back and wipe everything down again if used on an eating surface. If you have small children or pets, well that means EVERYTHING has to be re-wiped! Why? because of the ingredients in the cleaner aren’t safe for consumption. This started my journey of in search of a natural cleaner. I came up with a cleaner containing water, vinegar and elbow grease. Fortunately a few years ago when I started using essential oils, there was mention of using Lemon essential oil Essential aroma oil with lemon and mint on wooden background. Selective focus.because of its ability to clean and purify surfaces, it helps ward off free radical with its antioxidant benefits AND it promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability. Not to mention it smells wonderful! Sooo… I decided to add some to my water and vinegar solutions and what I found was that the combination worked so much better that I seldom need to apply any elbow grease! Course the drawback was that I needed to find another workout to keep jiggly arms at bay. Oh, I should mention that I have been saving lots & lots of money too!

    Here is the basic recipe along with a list of other essential oils you might want to try:

    DIY: ALL PURPOSE SPRAY NATURAL CLEANER

    What You Need:

    Directions:

    • Add all ingredients to spray bottle.
    • Shake thoroughly before using (remember oil & water separate)

    Essential Oil Suggestions:

    15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon

    10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange

    30 drops OnGuard®, the Protective blend (My Favorite)

    15 drops each of Grapefruit and OnGuard, the Protective

    Essential oil with orange peel

     Not all essential oils brands are safe to use which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils. To learn more or to get them at wholesale contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    Happy Natural Cleaning,

    Kathy

    July 29, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 1261