Daily EO Talk and Healthy Living:
What is Your Favorite Between Meal Snack?
Snacking gives us the chance to fuel our body between meals. And, healthy snacks can help rev metabolism and keep hunger at bay. As a plus, if the right snacks are eaten, we have the added benefit of extra vitamins and minerals. Here are some of my favorite snacks.
What are yours?
Nuts: Such as cashews, walnuts, and almonds are a crunchy way to add more protein and healthy unsaturated fat to your diet. If eaten in moderation, they add a host of healthy nutrients as well. Most nuts contain about 6 grams of protein per 2-ounce serving., along with a host of important vitamins and minerals. Personally, I love walnuts. With only 4 grams of carbs per ounce, walnuts give me quick on-the-go energy and help starve off hunger. Best of all, they give me a hefty dose of mega-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
As a tip, when purchasing nuts, opt for salt-free to keep your sodium intake in check. As an option to salted nuts, purchase the unsalted nuts and bake them in a low temperature oven on a sheet pan. Sprinkle with spices such as cinnamon or chipotle pepper or whatever spice you prefer. Once cooled, store these little goodies in small ziplock bags in the freezer for ready-to-eat-on-the go treats. If you prefer a bit of salt, sprinkle the nuts lightly prior to baking. Pre-packaged, salted nuts are often over loaded with salt and sometimes preservatives.
Frozen Grapes: My granddaughters taught me about the goodness of frozen grapes. They are, indeed, a delicious and satisfying little tasty sweet treat. These subzero little poppers provide a surprising burst of flavor in your mouth that can help quell afternoon sugar cravings. Frozen grapes stay soft and creamy on the inside, so they make the perfect snack. Additionally, I keep frozen green grapes in the freezer to flop into green smoothies. To freeze grapes, wash them and spread whole grapes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. Pop them off the tray and store in ziplock bags in the freezer.
Bananas: These golden babies are a naturally prepackaged sweet you can take anywhere. And, bananas have the added benefit of cramp-preventing potassium. I personally enjoy eating a banana most days and love the nutritional boost. Bananas, like most fruits, are not only a nutritious snack to eat between meals, but they are as delicious as grapes are in smoothies.
If you are a Young Living members, you probably already enjoy Slique® Bars as a safe, delicious weight-management snack that utilizes a dual-target approach to help manage satiety. Now this innovative bar is coated in delicious dark chocolate! Yum.
To support any weight-management plan, Slique Bars are loaded with exotic baru nuts and wholesome almonds, which promote satiety when combined with protein and fiber. Young Living also uses a potato skin extract that, when ingested, triggers the release of cholecystokinin in the body, increasing the duration of feelings of fullness. *
If you are looking for a way to snack your way to weight loss, try Slique Bars. These yummy bars deliver essential nutrients from a unique superfruit blend of goldenberries and wolfberries, plus pure Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Orange essential oils. This dual-target satiety approach and medley of exotic fruits, nuts, and potato skin extract create a nutritious, stimulant-free snack to help you feel fuller, longer.
These bars are,
• High in fiber
• No trans fat
• No preservatives
Who Should Use the Chocolate-coated Slique Bar?
• Individuals interested in an innovative tool to assist as part of a weight-management program
• Individuals interested in adding fiber to their diet
• Families interested in a convenient snack bar option
Consume before or between meals with 12 oz. of water to help manage hunger. As with any weight-loss product, this formula is designed and intended for use with a sensible program of diet and exercise. Individuals who may be sensitive to high-fiber diets should exercise care when consuming more than 2 bars daily. I limit my intake to 1 bar. Please consult a health professional prior to beginning any diet or exercise regimen.
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DECADENT EINKORN BROWNIES
These are delicious, and with Einkorn flour, they have the added benefit of an ancient grain that is healthy. For Peppermint Brownies, add 7 drops of Peppermint essential oil to the brownies once the entire recipe is mixed. Be sure to use essential oils that are labeled on the bottle “for internal use”. Young Living Peppermint oil is labeled as GRAS, Generally Regarded as Safe. All essential oils cannot be consumed internally. And, some brands of oils are NOT safe or intended for internal use, since they have added chemicals or solvents that may be harmful.
Be safe and choose the best essential oils that are pure Therapeutic-Grade, and that say on the label they are safe for internal use.
Einkorn Decadent Brownies are made with whole-grain einkorn flour and white spelt flour (an ancient grain). The reason I like to add white spelt to the Brownie mix, and to many baked items, is because white spelt has most of the bran removed. The whole-grain einkorn flour that I use has all the bran remaining and all the nutrients of the bran in tact, so the final brownies have the benefit of the whole-grain. Because 100% whole-grain in some baked items can be tricky, I often combine my whole-grains with white spelt. Be sure you are using white spelt and not whole-grain spelt or the product will not be the same. Using whole-grain spelt will make the brownies much drier and the texture will not be the same. The perfect balance for this recipe is half whole-grain einkorn and half white spelt. It works!
Decadent Einkorn Brownies
(These are amazing)
2 sticks butter
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 large eggs
4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unrefined cane sugar
1/4 cup whole-grain einkorn flour
1/4 cup white spelt flour
1-1/2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts
Preheat oven to 360 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with butter.
In double broiler, melt the butter, chocolate chips, the unsweetened chocolate. When melted, set aside and cool 15-20 minutes.
In the meantime, stir (but do not overbeat) together the eggs, dry coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar (I use a fork to mix together).
Stir the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the einkorn flour, spelt flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture. Gently stir by hand to mix.
Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
Note: Decadent Einkorn Peppermint Brownies
Add 7 drops peppermint essential oil that is intended for internal use
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Shirleen, Biblical Health Educator
The Best Health Secret
News from Essential Oil Talk.
I personally love coconut oil, and I use it daily on my skin. For skin health, I mix a few drops of essential oil such as carrot or lavender and smooth over my skin prior to putting on makeup. The oil soaks in quickly and does wonders for the skin, and the essential oils add their own healthy boost. You will find many articles about essential oils and skin care on my website, www.essentialoiltalk.com.
Beyond skin care, coconut oil is an excellent oil to use in cooking, on skin, and on your hair. When eaten in substantial amounts, coconut oil acts like a health tonic, according to “Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., who is an author, speaker, and certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician. Fife states that coconut oil helps by “improving the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the foods that are consumed at the same time the oil is used. Included in this group are fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K, beta-carotene and CoQ10”.
Coconut oil is a great hair strengthener because it helps build the shaft of each hair.
I like to rub a very tiny amount in my hand and then smooth that over my hair when it feels a tad dry. This bit of oil does not make my hair greasy, but it does make it softer and more manageable and the split ends all but disappear. You can also put coconut oil on your scalp to help control dandruff by killing the fungus that causes this condition. Rub a small amount of coconut oil into the scalp and hair and leave on for an hour or so. Then take a soft cloth and wipe out the excess prior to washing your hair to prevent the tub from getting greasy. Wash your hair with shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Your hair will be lustrous and shiny after this treatment, and your scalp will be squeaky clean.
Fife and others suggest that coconut oil “creates a protective chemical barrier that helps shield the body from harmful germs. It contains a special group of germ-fighting fatty acids with antifungal properties that help kill bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause disease and skin infections such as ringworm, jock itch, toenail fungus and common acne”.
For years Asian people have used coconut oil as medicine for burns, cuts, and other injuries, and millions in the United States have caught on to this miraculous little oil. Since coconut oil provides some protection from UV rays, it is a good idea to use it even if you follow up with a sunscreen, since the oil itself may provide some extra protection, and you are nourishing your skin with this amazing oil as you have fun in the sun.
I highly recommend you reading Bruce Fife’s book The Coconut Oil Miracle and Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut. He explains all the benefits of coconut oil, and you can learn why coconut oil’s lauric acid is good for you, and you will learn much more. I found this book life changing, and you may as well.
I love coconut oil and coconut milk.
I cook with both of these products, and the best stir-fried foods are made with coconut oil. Give it a try today. Let me know what you think by posting to my Facebook© Page, Essential Oil Talk, and be sure to visit my website: essentialoiltalk.com and read my other articles and then leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you and see how you are using coconut oil to improve your health.
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I found this awesome article and wanted to share it with you. I drink Nixgxia Red as does other members of my family, and we love it. I prefer to purchase the ones prepared with Stevia. But it is your choice.
What’s Red and Now Contains Grapeseed
Extract? Answer: NingXia Red!
Since NingXia Red® is one of our most popular products, I would like to discuss one of the exciting ingredients in its revolutionary formula: grape seed extract, or GSE. During the reformulation process, Young Living researchers discovered this powerful ingredient, which increases overall health benefits and allows for Halal/Kosher certification, two of their top goals.
Let’s start with the science: GSE is derived from whole grape seeds and is one of the largest natural depositories of polyphenols. In fact, two-thirds of a grape’s phenol count is found in the seed, as opposed to the skin. Continue reading
Last night in Richmond, Virginia, a distributor asked me why Young Living focuses on whole-food nutrition and questioned why we spend so much time talking about it.
I thought I’d share some of that discussion with you.
While many of us recognize the need to eat well, a recent USDA study revealed most adults fail to consume even the minimum recommended amounts of some vitamins. The majority of American women fall short