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Chocolate Mousse, Y’all

OMG.

So my sweet tooth went crazy this summer as my pregnancy drew to a close (woohoo!).  But there are so many clean options I really don’t feel guilty about it and have started eating more sweets even now post partum.  Did you see my banana on Instagram that I covered with a sauce of melted coconut oil, cacao, almond butter and honey topped with toasted coconut and pecans.  I mean…so good.

I stumbled upon this recipe for Chocolate Mousse on a Sunday evening and let’s just say it was made almost immediately; well, after I let the coconut milk chill for a bit.  I halved the recipe because I knew I would be eating it alone…and eating it all!  It is smooth, creamy, sweet and has this rich, luxurious texture that you really just have to try it to understand it.  I made mine in the food processor FYI. This would be an easy and impressive dessert for a dinner party too…put in pretty little dishes and top with berries and a mint leaf…done!

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Check out the rest of this site Super Healthy Kids…it’s adorable and has tons of good ideas.  Great Facebook find!

I don’t know if this sweet tooth is going to continue but as long as there are clean treats like this one around, I am okay with it!

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Zucchini Fritters for Life

 

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The picture is from http://www.thewhoot.com I adapted the recipe from there. My total inspiration, thank youuu!!!

Move over zucchini pasta, let’s talk delicious, crispy zucchini fritters.

We call them zucchini pancakes. My weird daughter likes to put maple syrup on them. If you like that idea, go for it. But I like savory food, especially for dinner.  I whipped together garlic aioli recipe that I use as a dipping agent for many recipes. It is the perfect creamy touch to dip the fritters in. Take note that I prefer sour cream or whole fat plain yogurt instead of mayo in the aioli recipe I just tagged. Whole yogurt has a lighter, more fresh taste than a mayo base.

Stack these babies up and have them as a side dish, main course, or an appetizer. I do suggest serving them hot while they are super crispy.

Don’t stop when you read you have to shred the zucchini..

Shredding the zucchini may seem daunting but it is ridiculously easy and a little bit fun. Get your cheese grater out and go at it. I raced my son in a zucchini shredding contest because I am an intelligent mom ;)   It may take 2 minutes or less.. I added a random picture to make sure everyone know what this looks like…

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Sweet. Here is the full recipe.

Zucchini Fritters for Life
 
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Don't complicate this one. If you have other herbs or ingredients you want to add, go for it. These fritters are an open book.
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Serves: 13
Ingredients
  • 4-5 cups of shredded zucchini
  • ⅔ cup of organic flour ( I use bob mills gluten free)
  • 2 eggs. beat the crap out of them
  • coconut oil
  • salt,
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • ⅓ cup scallions
Instructions
  1. set the shredded zucchini aside for a few minutes. I like to take a paper towel and try to get the liquid out if possible. you want them dry. But it is not a big deal. Sprinkle some salt on it and put it to the side. Salt helps sweat it out a bit.
  2. Beat your eggs.
  3. add the flour, eggs, pinch of pepper, pinch of garlic, and scallions in a large bowl. Mix and then add the zucchini.
  4. In the mean time, heat up your frying pan to medium high with your coconut oil in there. You want to make sure the pan is WELL COATED with the coocnut oil. Be liberal with it. Yes, these are fritters.
  5. After mixing the ingredients together, take a spoon a dallop about a heavy tablespoon of mix for each cake. Push them down a little bit so they are not balls. They are more like cakes.
  6. Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes. When cooked, put on a paper towel. Serve with extra scallions on top.

 

xo, all the blondes! You guys, if you did not see the announcement on the facebook page we would like to congratulate our girl Rachel. She brought the most beautiful baby boy to the world! We love you.

Six Pantry Essentials

You’ve got your freezer well stocked, now what about your pantry?  Here are a few items I always have in my cabinets for a quick snack or the start of a healthy meal.

Raw Almond Butter– Slather toasted Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread with AB, sliced banana, and local honey, thicken up your healthy at home Asian sauces, make a banana bowl if you really want some satisfaction, and add a scoop to your BEC green smoothie!

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Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar– Take a small shot with LOTS of water before heavy meals, add a splash to your smoothie, use in place of other vinegars in any recipe for a healthy boost and add a few drops to your facial cleanser for clearer skin!  This is a miracle product…for real, y’all.

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Ancient Grains– Use any of these nutty, delicious, HEALTHY ancient grains instead of pasta for lunch, alongside proteins for dinner, and mix into a salad for crunch and texture. I am partial to farro, quinoa, and amaranth.

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Coconut Oil-Use for sautéing, melt to use on roasted veggies, make insanely delicious vegan fudge, and use for oil pulling!

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Organic Chicken Stock-The liquid for a fabulous soup, the base to your ancient grains instead of water, or use in place of wine to deglaze a pan.

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Superfood “Extras” for your banana bowls, oatmeal, smoothies and salads.  I always have on hand chia, flax, acai powder, matcha powder, white mulberries, and goji berries.

What’s always in your pantry?

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Silky Shiny hair… naturally

 

Coconut oil is always at the top of the grocery list because we seem to fly right through it. Inside and out, I am a coconut lova.  I am a natural blonde <<at heart>> and want to protect my locks from all of the natural damage my locks see daily. My friend with newly bleached blonde hair was worried her hair would dry up like a brillow pad and was wondering what the best (natural) solution was to repair and moisten my her locks. I have noticed an enormous difference in my split ends since I have added a bit of coconut oil to them nightly so I did a bit more research on coconut oil for hair health. I loved these 6 clever ways to use coconut oil on a very resourceful site I highly recommend , Natural Living Ideas. My friend    I  have tried the overnight treatment a few times and notice a remarkable difference in texture and appearance. Who does not want shiny/silky hair? Keep in mind it may take 2 shampoos to complete remove the oil. Let me know what you think! Don’t forget to rub that extra oil on your skin.. as my daughter says, “it feels slick at first but if your skin is thirsty, it will drink it right up!”.

1. Coconut Oil For Deep Conditioning

Because it is comprised mainly of smaller medium-chain fatty acids, the oil of the coconut penetrates hair more deeply and faster than other conditioners.  To use coconut oil as a leave-in treatment to repair split ends, moisturize your scalp, and add a healthy glow to your tresses; just follow these easy steps:

– First make sure you have at least an hour or two for this treatment.  (The longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it will be!)

– Wash your hair and let it air dry while you prepare the next steps.

– Gather your materials: a comb or hair pick, shower cap or small towel to wrap your hair in, two small bowls of different sizes (one should fit inside the other), and of course your jar of organic virgin coconut oil.

– Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into the smaller of the two bowls.

– Set the smaller bowl in the bottom of the larger one.

– Fill the larger bowl with hot water so the smaller bowl is partially submerged, but not floating or taking on water.

– Once your coconut oil comes to temperature and is completely melted, use your fingers to gently massage the oil into your hair, then work through with a comb or hair pick.

– After you’ve finished applying the oil, wrap your hair up in a shower cap or small towel and allow it to soak in for thirty minutes or longer.

– Shampoo to remove oil.

– Optionally, you may reapply a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of your hair and / or work a small amount through all of your hair again – just enough to give it a healthy shine.

– Then style as usual.

2. Coconut Oil As a Daily Detangler

If you have long or curly hair, dealing with tangles may be a daily battle for you.  Coconut oil can help here, too!  Also, because it’s 100% natural, organic virgin coconut oil won’t leave any residue or long-term damage to your tresses!  Before brushing or styling your hair, just follow these few steps to use coconut oil as a detangler:

– Gather your hair brush, a comb or hair pick, two small bowls of different sizes (one should fit inside the other), and your jar of organic virgin coconut oil.

– Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into the smaller of the two bowls and set the smaller bowl in the bottom of the larger one.

– Fill the larger bowl with hot water so the smaller bowl is partially submerged, but not floating or taking on water.

– Let your coconut oil come to temperature so it is completely melted.

– Use your fingers to gently massage the oil into the ends of your hair, then – starting from the ends and working your way toward the roots – gently work out tangles with a comb or hair pick.

– Let the oil soak in, then brush and style as usual.  No need to rinse or shampoo.  Coconut oil will continue to nourish your hair all day long

3. Coconut Oil To Defeat Dandruff

If long-time use of chemical shampoos, conditioners, styling products, or colorants has left you with itchy, flaky, dandruff – you can use coconut oil to heal your scalp.  Just follow these easy steps daily and watch your dandruff problems disappear:

– At the end of the day or shortly before bedtime, wash your hair with an all natural shampoo and condition as usual.

– Gather the following supplies: a comb or hair pick, two small bowls of different sizes (one should fit inside the other), a towel or cloth to cover your head overnight, and your jar oforganic virgin coconut oil.

– Scoop a small portion of coconut oil into the smaller of the two bowls then place it into the bottom of the larger bowl.

– Fill the larger bowl with hot water so the smaller bowl is partially submerged, but not floating or taking on water.

– While you wait for your coconut oil to come to temperature, use your comb or hair pick to remove any tangles.

– Once the coconut oil is completely melted, use your fingers to gently massage the oil into your scalp.  (If you have long hair, it may be easier to flip your head upside-down in order to apply oil to your entire scalp.)

– Wrap your head with the towel or cloth and leave coconut oil on your scalp overnight for best results.

The following morning, you may wish to use an epsom salt treatment to remove excess shed skin cells from your scalp.

4. Coconut Oil As a Base for Hair Coloring

Coconut oil makes an excellent medium for mixing your all-natural hair coloring.  Because coconut oil penetrates hair more deeply and faster than many other natural oils, it can help your color to be more vibrant and keep it from fading too quickly.

– Gather your materials: a shower cap or small towel, a comb or hair pick, coloring herbs, gloves, two bowls of different sizes (one should fit inside the other), a container for mixing color, and your jar of organic virgin coconut oil.

– Scoop a few spoonfuls of coconut oil (enough to liberally coat your hair) into the smaller of the two bowls and set it into the bottom of the larger bowl.

– Fill the larger bowl with hot water so the smaller bowl is partially submerged, but not floating or taking on water.

– Let your coconut oil come to temperature so it is completely melted.

– Mix coconut oil with your coloring herbs and apply as you normally would.

– Once color has set, shampoo hair with lukewarm water to remove excess oil and colorant.

– Wrap your hair with a shower cap or towel to let color continue to set overnight.

 

5. Coconut Oil For Faster Hair Growth

Use coconut oil as a natural way to help your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster.  The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles.  Use as a daily treatment by following these simple steps:

– At the end of the day or shortly before bedtime, wash your hair with an all natural shampoo and condition as usual.

– Gather your materials: a comb or hair pick, shower cap or small towel to wrap your hair in, two small bowls of different sizes (one should fit inside the other), and of course your jar of organic virgin coconut oil.

– Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into the smaller of the two bowls.

– Set the smaller bowl in the bottom of the larger one.

– Fill the larger bowl with hot water so the smaller bowl is partially submerged, but not floating or taking on water.

– While you wait for your coconut oil to come to temperature, use your comb or hair pick to remove any tangles.

– Once the coconut oil is completely melted, use your fingers to gently massage the oil into your scalp.  (If you have long hair, it may be easier to flip your head upside-down in order to apply oil to your entire scalp.)

– Wrap your head with the towel or cloth and leave coconut oil on your scalp overnight for best results.

6. Coconut Oil To Protect Hair From Sun Damage

Coconut oil makes an excellent all natural sunscreen.  In the morning – especially on a day when you know that your hair will be exposed to the elements more than usual – apply coconut oil to protect your hair by following these simple steps:

– Gather your hair brush, a comb or hair pick, two small bowls of different sizes (one should fit inside the other), and your jar of organic virgin coconut oil.

– Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into the smaller of the two bowls and set the smaller bowl in the bottom of the larger one.

– Fill the larger bowl with hot water so the smaller bowl is partially submerged, but not floating or taking on water.

– Let your coconut oil come to temperature so it is completely melted.

– Use your fingers to gently massage the oil into your hair then brush and style as usual.

Strait from http://www.naturallivingideas.com       Thanks so much for the awesome tips!

 

XO,

Mary

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