Category Archives: Smoothies

7 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil has a bright and joyful aroma and can play an amazingly productive role around your home and in your purse!  Lemon oil is cold pressed from lemon rinds, and has an invigorating, purifying scent. Lemon oil is very popular because of its versatility and multiple benefits.  This flexible oil is also frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes or as an overall assistant in the kitchen.  When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve your mood.

7 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Clean Hands – Add a couple drops of lemon essential oil with your soap and clean dirt and oil off.

Teeth Whitener –  Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for two minutes and then rinse.

Promotes Fat-Loss – Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water 3 times daily can support metabolism and weight loss.

Improves Mood – Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and help replenish you body, mind, and spirit.

Laundry – Use a few lemon drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue, or adhesive from most surfaces.

Deodorizer – Place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or in spray bottle to freshen kitchen area.

Health Reasons To Grow And Eat More Colorful Vegetables

Health Reasons To Grow And Eat More Colorful Vegetables

With the official start of Spring this week, it is time to start thinking about renewing, refreshing and regenerating your health and your lifestyle.

Eating a plant-based diet can enhance and invigorate your health and there is every reason to believe that it can improve the quality of your life. Many nutrition experts recommend a colorful plate as the more variety in colors of produce the more nutrients you get into your body.

Many color vegetables and fruits can be grown in your garden and will provide fresh, pesticide free produce for you, and your family.

Both fruits and vegetables have their own natural color that will impart many health benefits. They are low in calories and can be picked from your garden when they have a maximum amount of nutrients. Here are some colorful fruits and vegetables you should be incorporating into your diet every day for optimum health and wellness.  Don’t you want to have the energy you need to keep up with your family?

Learn about starting a Kitchen Garden here.

Red Fruits and Vegetables

These include healthy foods such as tomatoes, guava, raspberries, red cabbage, watermelon, cherries, kidney beans, beets, and blueberries. All of these fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins and lycopene.

Antioxidants stop the chain reaction of oxygen free radicals from the body, which has the potential to damage cells, including cellular DNA. Experts say you will be healthier if you eat up to 30 milligrams of lycopene.

One medium tomato picked fresh from your garden will provide you with 3 milligrams of lycopene. Lycopene is also considered a carotenoid, which helps you make and use Vitamin A in the body.

Orange and Yellow Fruits and Vegetables

These are vegetables and fruits like yellow peppers and cantaloupe. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is a precursor to making vitamin A. Vitamin A is a healthful nutrient that helps your vision at night and is helpful in controlling the health of your skin, bones, and teeth.

Yellow and orange vegetables and fruits also contain folate, which is an antioxidant that also is a preventative against neural tube defects in growing fetuses. You need about 500 mg of vitamin A per day, which can be more than gotten from a couple of cups of yellow cantaloupe. The same amount of cantaloupe provides about 65 mg of folate, of which you need about 320 mg per day.

Green Vegetables

There are many green vegetables you can grow in your garden including greens, peas, and green beans. These are especially good for the health of your bones, teeth, and eyes. You need these vegetables as adequate sources for vitamin K, which helps you clot blood better. Just two cups of raw spinach gives you more than double the amount of vitamin K you require each day for optimal health. Green vegetables contain great amounts of vitamin C and vitamin E, which aid in decreasing your overall risk for certain chronic disease. They also provide you with the phytonutrients called zeaxanthin and lutein, which are protective against macular degeneration.

I’m starting my kitchen garden soon.  Will you join me?

Blue and Purple Vegetables

These include blueberries, other berries, and eggplant. They contain anthocyanins, which prevent heart disease through their antioxidant properties. It is known that they contain certain flavonoids and Ellagic acid that can destroy cancer cells, including cells that make lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer and breast cancer. These compounds also have anti-inflammatory properties, which are protective against colon and esophageal cancer.

White Fruits and Vegetables

White fruits and vegetable include pears, apples, cauliflower, cucumbers, and bananas. These foods are fiber-rich which can aid in your digestion and which can bind cholesterol so it doesn’t reach your bloodstream. They also contain antioxidants like quercetin, which is particularly prevalent in pears and apples. White fruits are helpful in lowering your stroke risk.

The Home Garden

Try to incorporate as many colored vegetables as you can in your daily diet. They all act differently on your body and have known health benefits you truly need. This is made easy by growing an organic vegetable and fruit garden at home. It does not take a lot of space, and it is a rewarding and beneficial activity for the whole family.

One of the greatest benefits to growing your own produce is that you can avoid eating the pesticides that are in commercial fruits and vegetables. Organic produce is available in stores, but many people complain about buying organic because it costs a lot more– that is another great reason to start a garden!

A Super Easy Way to Get A Boost of Antioxidants NOW

A super easy way to add antioxidants in your diet is through essential oils.  I add lemon oil, grapefruit oil and orange oil in my smoothies almost everyday.  I make a mean chocolate mint smoothie with the peppermint oil.  These are very high quality oils, and they taste AMAZING!

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Learn more about how essential oils can be added to your plant-based healthy lifestyle here

 

Superfruit Smoothie Bowl – Recipe

I typically like my smoothies in a cup. Mostly because I’m on the go and I need something easy to transport and consume. Still it’s important for me to pack as many high quality, delicious nutrients in my meals as possible.

So when I have time – I make a smoothie in a bowl.

The cool thing about smoothies in a bowl is that you can arrange it so that the bowl is a nice meal!

You get your fruit, veggies, protein and carbs all in a bowl. (with the added bonus of Superfruit)!

I like to make the recipe below, or to make it super complete–I will add a warm cup of oatmeal (or you can just use granola), but in the winter, I prefer warm oatmeal on top of my smoothie bowl.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

 

Using Crystals + Stones for Everyday Help

How Crystals Help

Crystals are matter.  You already know from your high school science class that all  matter is energy and has its own energetic blueprint. Including your body! The blueprint of a crystal is a regularly repeating atomic structure that is symmetrically perfect. Their structure gives them the capability to absorb, transmit and transform light and energy.

(if you want to see a cool crystal transmitting experiment check here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9FwPJdNFDY ) What an amazing God to give us this tremendous gift, right under our noses!

Bringing crystals into your environment can help you create order, transmit light, bring balance, harmony and unity for yourself and the people you influence. The ultimate goal is for your crystal companion to help you realign and redirect your physical, emotional and mental energy returning you to a state of balance and wholeness.  As you will learn when you start this journey, this is an ongoing love affair that just gets better with time.

Think of all of the stresses you go through in a given week. The challenges you face as a parent, spouse, wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, business owner or even as a homeowner.

Crystals can help us focus our energy and grounds us allowing us to focus on creating positive outlook, and sustainable change in our lives.

We carry them as reminders of our focus, mission or healing purpose.  You can also use their colors as needed therapy to help calm, reorient or direct your energy toward a specific goal or purpose.  For example, have you every held a beautiful Angelite stone?  Heavenly!  Angelite represents peace and helps you connect with your higher purpose and provides emotional protection, and is known as a balancer and is said to support the circulatory system.  People also use Angelite for healing of speaking anxieties or to aid in communication. Some of us believe in Angels and use Angelite stones to support our communication with these lovely beings!

Of course crystals aren’t meant to replace God, your husband, boyfriend, your kids or your friends.  They certainly are a wonderful addition to your beautiful environment.  Making things more vibrant, alive, and aesthetically pleasing as you do the work to bring about your life’s purpose.

Selecting your Crystal Companion

First of all, when you are looking to buy a crystal; think of the reason why you want it.  Do you want a crystal for a specific reason? Do you want something calming, energizing or do you want to feel a certain way with the crystal?

Smell them. A strong smell given off by a stone is an indication that there has been an application of coatings or coloring to enhance the stone.  Some chemicals can weaken or dampen the energy of the stone, so be sure you trust your source.

Check for irradiation. Considered the worst artificial treatment process, this is used to remove imperfections and bring out the color. Unfortunately, this causes the energy of the gems or crystals to become weak, or non existent.

Check for bad dye jobs.  Not all coloring of crystals are bad, some coloring brings out beautiful inclusions in a stone. Irresponsible dyeing of stones result in a weakened energy state of the stone, that will result in uneven color application or color that is easily rubbed off.

Also avoid those that look too beautiful to be true. There are fakes crystals and gemstones everywhere. Be sure you are getting your stone from a knowledgeable or reliable source.

Identify the 3 C’s. Clarity, cut, and color. These are the most important characteristics you should check out. If you don’t know how, just ask.

Ask questions or research. It never hurts to always ask about the crystals and gemstones. I love sharing information about crystals and will add more details to this blog in the near future.

All of the crystals and stones at www.prettyrockgirls.com are personally vetted for quality and reliability.  If there are any questions you can contact writer@spiritscripps.com