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Foodie Friday: Sweet Treat Snack Ball Recipes

Just in time for your weekend, here are two nutrient-dense sweet treats loaded with healthy fats to fuel your body and mind! These two healthy snack recipes are a hit with kids and adults alike, and easy to make as a quick dessert for drop-in guests.

If you choose allergen-free chocolate chips, the Almond Snack Balls can be gluten free and grain free, appropriate for paleo diets.

Foodie Friday: Sweet Treat Almond Snack Ball Recipes from Beeyoutiful.com

Almond Snack Balls

1½ cups almond butter
½ cup Organic Raw Cacao Powder
¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup Organic Raw Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Use a spoon or small scoop to mold mixture into small balls. Roll balls in shredded coconut, then chill to set. Store in airtight container. Makes about 24 balls.

Foodie Friday: Sweet Treat Coconut Snack Ball Recipes from Beeyoutiful.com


Coconut Snack Balls

½ cup Organic Raw Cacao Powder
1½ cups Organic Raw Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1½ cups Organic Rolled Oats
¾ cup coconut oil (use solid unmelted oil at room temperature)
½ to ¾ cup raw honey or maple syrup, to desired sweetness

Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add coconut oil and honey, and stir to combine. Use a spoon or small scoop to mold into small balls. Place in a dish and freeze for minimum 30 minutes. These are best when kept chilled.Store in airtight container. Makes about 24 balls.

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Encourage Vitality with Herbal Spring Cleaning for Your Body

spring cleaning herbal tea from Beeyoutiful.com

Grandmothers have known for centuries the power of both culinary and medicinal herbs to aid the body in cleansing and restoring vitality. Encouraging vitality is often a completely different concept than the traditional viewpoint of Western medicine, which typically reacts to a disease but doesn’t encourage wellness from the start. In centuries past, traditional elders knew the importance of aiding the body in keeping well.

It was just this past fall when I read the value of using springtime herbs to help eliminate the toxins accumulated over the wintertime. I think it’s brilliant that each spring, the right herbs to create a cleansing tonic pop up in our yards! I laugh because these healing herbs are the very “weeds” most people spray to kill.

In the midst of my current herbalist coursework, I have found that often things we consider a nuisance in our manicured lawns are herbal gifts ready to nourish and revitalize our bodies. I hope you will join me in appreciating the beauty and wisdom of spring herbs, and have a cup of delicious Spring Cleaning Tea to encourage health and vitality. spring cleaning herbal tea from Beeyoutiful.com

Dandelion Leaf: supports and nourishes the liver, helping to eliminate toxins easier
Red Raspberry Leaf: rich in vitamins and nutrients to ensure the body is nourished, historically used to support and soothe the body through times of illness and can also be used to encourage vitality
Nettles: a great source of calcium and other trace minerals; studies also show that is can help support the body during seasonal allergies
Rosehips: one of nature’s best sources of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals that cause damage to the body and its systems
Hibiscus: delicious and full of anti-oxidants and Vitamin C, great for building the immune system
Calendula: extremely rich in antioxidants, also has been seen to be effective in maintaining a healthy digestive tract and thus lending strength to the immune system
Lemon Peel:  another great antioxidant source that adds a punch of flavor

Spring Cleaning Tea Recipe

2 parts Dandelion Leaf
2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf
2 parts Nettles
1 part Rosehips
1 part Hibiscus
1/2 part Calendula
1/2 part Lemon Peel

Mix all the dried herbs and then store in a glass jar. Use 1 tablespoon for 8 oz or 1 cup for gallon. Boil distilled water and then remove from the heat. Add tea and cover. Let steep for 15-20 minutes, then strain and sweeten with honey or stevia.

Marjoram Tips

New to Marjoram? Want to know what role it can play in your house?

– Diffuse Marjoram to help increase clarity of mind and decrease stress, while supporting healthy brain activity.
– Diffuse Marjoram blended with Chamomile (1:1) to encourage a restful night’s sleep. Use with a carrier oil to massage the neck and shoulders for extra relaxation.
– Blended with a carrier oil (3:1) such as our Sweet Almond Oil, Marjoram can be used as a massage oil after workouts, during illnesses, or to relieve sore muscles.

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

Beeyoutiful announced this month the recent purchase of MoreThanAlive.com. Along with the company came an inventory of great herbs and other amazing products such as bulk foods, scarves and hair sticks, to name just a few.

If you are like me, I have used teas my entire life, but the concept of using herbs was less familiar to me. Thankfully, this summer I began studying for my Master Herbalist Certification and have almost completed the Family Herbalist portion of the course. With my interest in herbs already piqued, I was more than excited to discover we would be acquiring herbs in our new product line!

When beginning in the world of herbs, all the new options and information can seem overwhelming. My suggestion is to start small and learn about each herb, one at a time, and discover how it works. Then tackle the next one that strikes your fancy.

One of my personal favorites is Spearmint. It’s a deliciously minty herb with a lovely aroma that makes a perfect tea for all year round. It is lovely served warm, or chilled over ice. While Spearmint is historically known to be very beneficial to aid in digestion, we find it is delightfully refreshing for general use. Don’t wait for a tummy ache to an excuse to try out Spearmint!

Rule of Thumb for Herbal Tea

1 teaspoon of loose herbs
8 oz of freshly boiled distilled water

Steep for 5-20 minutes depending on the strength desired.

You will want to use distilled water because it is what is known as a “hungry” water. All the minerals and nutrients that can be found in water have been distilled out and it is ready to receive the nutrients from the herb. This allows you to get the maximum benefit from your herbal tea.

For more information on the use of herbs and their many benefits, I highly suggest browsing the selection of books we have available to learn more. If you have questions about herbs, feel free to send me an email; I’d love to hear from you!

~ Mary Ewing

Coconut Mocha Bites

Coconut Mocha Bites

Makes 24 balls

2½ c Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, divided

1 Tbs melted coconut oil

2 Tbs almond (or other nut) butter

1 Tbs Coconut Flour

¼ c maple syrup

4 Tbs very strong brewed organic coffee (room temp)

3 tsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground Cinnamon

¼ tsp Sea Salt

½ cup Rapadura

Place 2 cups of shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut oil and almond butter. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. It does not have to be completely smooth; some texture is good! Add the maple syrup, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and process until well combined. Add remaining shredded coconut and pulse until just combined.

Shape the mixture into 24 one-inch balls and coat by gently rolling in the rapadura. Refrigerate for at least an hour to firm and up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before eating.

 

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Serves 4
Grain/gluten/dairy free

  • 6 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1 ½ c  unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 6 Tbs maple syrup (or a few drops of French Vanilla Stevia to taste)
  • 3 Tbs Raw Cacao Powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • generous pinch Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, ensuring the cacao is incorporated and no dry spots remain (you may wish to use a blender or mixer).  Pour into a serving bowl or individual ramekins and cover with a tight lid or plastic wrap. Chill several hours until firm.

You can top your pudding with fresh fruit just before serving, or just eat it plain in all its chocolatey goodness!

Snow Day Magic With Just 4 Ingredients

2Just when we thought winter had all but disappeared, she raised her cold head once again. Instead of coming in like a lion, our March has come in like a polar bear and we awoke to a fresh blanket of snow this morning. It is the powdery fine stuff, so the kids weren’t having as much fun without snowballs or sledding. I decided to put the snow to work entertaining them another way and made a quick batch of Snow Cream. Whether you prefer vanilla or chocolate, we know you will enjoy these two treats! (No snow? Use shaved ice!)

1Vanilla Cream

8-12 cups Fresh Clean Snow

1/2 cup coconut milk or raw milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
5-10 drops French Vanilla Stevia

Mix all the wet ingredients and then add to snow and mix. Eat immediately!

Chocolate Cream
8-12 cups Fresh Clean Snow
1/2 cup coconut milk or raw milk
1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 cup Rapadura

Mix Milk, Cacao and Rapadura and then add to snow. Enjoy!3

Crockpot Chicken Tacos and On-The-Go Cooking

Crock Pot Chicken and on-the-go CookingWhen traveling, it is nice to have a few tasty and quick meals to eat on the fly. Crockpot Chicken Tacos are a favorite whether we’re at home or on the road, and leftovers (if there are any!) make a great topping for Taco Salad.

To make the process easier, I prepare my slow cooker meals before we leave home and then freeze them in large zip-top bags. They travel well this way in a good cooler, and then they can thaw in the mini fridge in the hotel. Clean up is easy and I don’t have to worry about bringing seasonings and extras since they’re already in the bag! Just dump into the crockpot and go.

chicken taco recipe from Beeyoutfiful.comCrockpot Chicken Tacos

1 lb of Boneless Chicken Breast, cut in chunks
1 cup Chicken Bone Broth
3 -4 Tablespoons of Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)

Place ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred with a fork when the meat is cooked through.

We bring either salad fixings for taco salad or taco shells for traditional tacos. Toppings can be shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese, salsa, and avocados or guacamole.

Taco SeasoningTaco Seasoning Recipe with Spices from Beeyoutiful.com

¼ c Chili Powder
1 tsp Cayenne Powder
1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
2 tsp Turmeric
3 tsp Paprika
¼ c Cumin
3 tsp Oregano
2 Tbs Salt
3 tsp Garlic Powder
3 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Arrowroot Powder (Optional; helps prevent clumping and makes a smoother sauce)

Mix thoroughly and store in an air-tight container.

Tips for Hotel Cooking

  • Buy a set of cheap cutlery and store in a plastic shoe box with a lid (or disposable utensils are nice, too). Don’t forget serving spoons and a can opener. Bring two sharp knives for any cutting needed. Wrap in a thick dishtowel and store safely in the box with the cutlery.
  • Use a small plastic box as a “pantry” with basic seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne, etc.) to spice up any meals that might need an extra bit of flavor.
  • A small baking sheet can serve as a tray to prep your meal. The lips around the tray keep any messy liquids contained.
  • A few sheets of parchment paper are easy to pack can be used for meal prep surfaces on a counter or desk and are super easy to clean up and throw away in a hotel room.
  • Stow several dishrags and a small container of dishsoap in a large zip-top bag, along with several smaller plastic bags.
  • Make sure to bring extra bags or storage containers for any leftovers or to stash damp dishrags.
  • Bring along a good supply of disposable plates and paper towels!

What’s your favorite travel-friendly cooking tip?

BONUS POST: 10 Simple Immune-Boosting Strategies Anyone Can Use

Bonus Post: 10 Simple Immune-Boosting Strategies Anyone Can Use

You knew we’d come through with more than we promised, didn’t you? Here’s a BONUS POST in our Five Days of Immunity Boosters. Let us know which of the strategies discussed this week is your favorite!

The key to staying strong is a healthy immune system. These ten suggestions are the protocols that many of us at Beeyoutiful use to guard our own families against viruses, colds, and flu. We are not doctors and thus cannot diagnose or prescribe for your specific health situation. If at anytime you or a loved one becomes ill, please seek appropriate medical attention. Bonus Post: 10 Simple Immune-Boosting Strategies Anyone Can Use 1. Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables. We’re talking about 5-7 servings per day. Consider serving things like cole slaw (especially if you can sneak in a little probiotic-rich yogurt and honey), steamed cabbage, and sautéed onions and brussels sprouts. Adding garlic or fresh herbs to these dishes will not only enhance the flavors, but will also add a small antiviral boost. Cruciferous veggies contain glucosinolates which directly stimulate the thymus. Your thymus is the control center for your immune system, so supporting and nourishing the thymus is very important for maintaining a healthy stasis.

2. Supplement with thymus and immune system-supporting nutrients. The following are some favorites used by our Beeyoutiful families. We tend to pick and choose between all of these options and rotate among them based on individual needs and specific immune system vulnerabilities.

  • Berry Well Syrups: Supports and nourishes the thymus gland and helps support the immune system in specific ways that makes it particularly beneficial in protecting against viruses. In addition, the elderberry provides terrific symptom relief by decreasing congestion.
  • Immune Boosting Supplements (Bee Immune, Ultra Immune and Colostrum Transfer Factor): You can take these in conjunction with each other, but we rotate them on and off while doing illness prevention protocols. Since up to 80% of our immune system resides in the extensive intestinal tract we refer to as the gut, also using high-quality probiotic support makes sense. We rotate between Tummy Tuneup and Ultimate Defense.
  • Key Nutrients: Make sure you are taking in or supplementing with Zinc, Selenium, Potassium, and Calcium and Magnesium.

3.  Vitamin D3 and Omega 3: There was a reason our grandmothers reached for the Cod Liver Oil bottle with each sniffle! It works to specifically support the parts of the immune system that effectively fight off viruses, and it’s also beneficial in reducing inflammation. You can either take these separately, or combined in Cod Liver Oil. Cook your foods with coconut oil and eat a diet rich in safe, wild-caught fish as well.

4.  Vitamin C: We have seen significant benefits from Vitamin C with lung-related ailments; eating your Vitamin C-rich vegetables or supplementing will help decrease mucus and increase lung health. Rosehip C is specifically good because it also directly supports the thymus gland to operate optimally.

5. Bone Broth: Keep those bones a-simmering! Add in a few herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and Garlic. Don’t forget the veggies too! This is a great way to get key vitamins and minerals. Some of our little ones really enjoy sipping warm cups of nicely flavored bone broth. For some of the others we hide it as a base in soups, rice and noodles.

6. Bottoms Up: Take in fresh juices regularly. Here’s a favorite recipe. raw juice immune booster recipe from Beeyoutiful.com 7. Get some clean air! Enjoy some fresh sunshine and a few minutes of daily exercise. Using a personal rebounder is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system which operates as the central highway system for the body’s immune system. It’s vitally important to keep it cleared out and working optimally in order to maintain healthy immune support. Bonus: rebounding also gets your exercise in at the same time!

8. Detox Baths: At least once a week, take a bath using a detoxifying agent (such as Eucalyptus Bath Salts, Epsom Salts, or Baking Soda).

9. Chest Poultices: These can be used weekly even when healthy, or as needed after being sick. Garlic, Lobelia, Chamomile, or Mullein are all great choices for chest poultices. Click here to see Steph’s 8-minute tutorial video on how to do a garlic poultice.

10. Diffuse those oils! Bandito Blend, Thyme, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree Oil are our top choices. These can also be diluted and massaged onto feet where there are a lot of nerve receptors and thus are ideal for facilitating rapid absorption into the bloodstream. (Please note that some essential oil experts recommend not diffusing or using some of these essential oils around or on very young children. We encourage individuals to do their own research and do due diligence in sensitivity testing before using any essential oils on young children or while pregnant and nursing.)

Remember, we’re not doctors and thus cannot diagnose or prescribe for your specific health situation, but we hope some of these tips will help keep you and your family strong and healthy through the winter. If at anytime you or a loved one becomes ill, please seek appropriate medical attention.

The Detoxifying Power of Eucalyptus

Five Days of Immunity Boosters: The Detoxifying Power of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus. What a funny-sounding name for an even more exotic plant! You might recognize eucalyptus as the preferred habitat of Koalas in Australia. The cuddly-looking marsupials live almost exclusively in groves of eucalyptus trees, and the pungent leaves are nearly all they ever eat.

While we can’t recommend making eucalyptus a part of your own diet (it’s toxic to humans when taken internally), the oil extracted from the leaves can play a very important role in detoxifying the air you breathe, your home and laundry, and even your body.

Five Days of Immunity Boosters: The Detoxifying Power of EucalyptusEucalyptus contains high levels of cineole (also known as eucalyptol), a chemical compound widely studied and shown to have a massive range of beneficial properties. Studies have shown that eucalyptus oil is:

  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant
  • analgesic
  • insecticidal
  • a respiratory aid
  • an immune booster

We’ve grown to rely on eucalyptus essential oil for so many uses! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Use eucalyptus in household cleansers to disinfect your home (see one of our favorite and most-requested recipes below). Add a dropperful along with your laundry detergent to rid your linens of dust mites and bacteria (especially appropriate after sickness has visited!).

Include eucalyptus in homemade salves as a pleasant scent and natural preservative. Add a few drops to shampoo or body wash to combat dandruff, ringworm, lice, and scabies.

Dilute thoroughly with a carrier oil and use topically as a rub for sore muscles and sprains, a soothing balm for minor cuts and scrapes, or an antifungal foot treatment. Use eucalyptus-based lotions or creams on the chest, back, and soles of the feet to soothe respiratory issues. (When using on the skin, always dilute eucalyptus with a carrier oil and test for sensitivity.)

Dab a few diluted drops on your body (or place a eucalyptus-dampened cotton ball in a loose pocket) to act as a bug repellent. Spray around your home to ward off invading creepy-crawlies. Dab on insect bites to cool and calm itching.

Use eucalyptus as a base when diffusing essential oils. The distinctive scent of eucalyptus blends well with many other plant oils (especially those that also contain cineole, such as Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Basil) and helps to stretch more expensive oils and make them last longer.

Take a bit of olive oil and eucalyptus and mix with bath salts, then soak in the perfumed water to soothe irritated skin and enjoy a rejuvenating  dose of aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus supports respiratory health and breaks down mucus; breathing the aromas has historically been helpful with colds and congestion, allergies, and asthma.

Producing pure essential oil requires a large amount of the herb, flower, or plant. It takes over 100 pounds of eucalyptus leaves and stems to produce just two pounds of oil! This distillation process concentrates the powerful plant compounds into a potent and easy-to-use liquid form, making it simple to keep eucalyptus on hand.

Even with the costs of distillation, eucalyptus essential oil is one of the least expensive oils available, and given its versatility and ease of use, its low price means it packs an even bigger wallop. Once you realize the benefits of eucalyptus, you may come to love it as much as koalas do!

NOTE:  Eucalyptus Essential Oil is not considered appropriate to use while pregnant or nursing, and should NOT be used with children under 10 years old. (Spearmint is a much safer choice for children.) If you are on medications or have a medical diagnosis, please consult with your doctor prior to using Eucalyptus because it can interact with medications and is contraindicated in some situations. Eucalyptus Essential Oil should always be diluted when used topically. The maximum concentration with mixed with a carrier oil should be 20% (to achieve, mix 20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil).

Learn more about Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil and watch a delightful 1-minute video here

For even more ideas on how to use eucalyptus essential oil, read longer articles here and here.

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