Thirty-Second Blog You are What You Eat

I was recently reading an older Living magazine that doTERRA puts out quarterly in the U.S. market and it was one with a smoothie recipe. It got me to thinking about sharing as I enjoy a blueberry smoothie with essential oils in it every morning. Smoothies and Shakes are an easy and fun way to make veggies inviting so I thought you would be interested in learning about some of the essential oils being used and maybe you will be inspired to create your own favorite drink with your own favorite essential oil.

Adding essential oils to your fruit or green smoothies creates a taste adventure. You can add a different one every day. I change between Lemon, peppermint, Wild Orange, Tangerine, On Guard. Everyday is a different combination. I even put my Life Long Vitality and TerraZyme in my smoothies.

Here is one from the 2013 Fall Living Magazine.

Our favorite green smoothie is: 2 cups organic baby kale                                                                                                                          2 cups frozen organic berries                                                                                                                  1 large organic carrot Banana or pineapple to taste                                                                              2–3 cups of water Blend on high until smooth.                                      Editor's Tip: Add a drop of Wild Orange essential oil to jazz-up the flavor.      

For additional sweetness, add a few drops of Stevia.

2014 Fall Living magazine. 
Blueberry Green Smoothie with Lemon Essential Oil 
INGREDIENTS 1 frozen and chopped banana                                                                                                                                1 cup frozen blueberries                                                                                                                                         6 ounces fresh spinach/silverbeet/kale                                                                                                             1–2 celery stalks ½ cup parsley                                                                                                                              1 cup coconut water                                                                                                                                                1 teaspoon flaxseed oil (optional)                                                                                                                          4–6 drops Lemon essential oil (or to taste)                                                                               DIRECTIONS 1. Combine frozen banana and blueberries in blender.                                                                                      2. Add greens and process again.                                                                                                                          3. Add the coconut water and oils; process again until smooth.             
                                                                                                                                                               REMINDER: If your blender has a plastic mixing container do not put oils in it. Wait until you have transferred your drink into a glass.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Like the title says, you are what you eat. So making smoothies is one way you can even get your kids to eat veggies. Below are some other ideas from an other Living Magazine on how to get them to eat more veggies. 

From the 2014 Spring Living Magazine.
Kids won’t eat it? Keep trying! Here are the best methods for helping kids eat more fruits and vegetables: 1. Set the example! Eat your fruits and veggies in front of your children.                                                      2. Keep at it. Research suggests a child needs at least 20 exposures to a new food before they will accept it.                                                                                                                                                                        3. Let your kids decide what they will eat for one meal a day, like lunch, but require them to eat what is served for dinner. You can even let them pick out the onions, as some of those healthy allyl sulfides mentioned in the chart will have left the onion and entered the meal during cooking.               
If you would like to read more of the article and check out the chart mentioned about vegetables, here is a link. You want to go to page 8 The title is RAINBOW.

To continue on with the topic of smoothies and what oils can be used, think citrus and herbs. Whole drops of citrus essential oils are ok and quite refreshing. If you want to boost flavour with one of the herb oils remember to add only a a toothpick amount at a time. Essential oil herbs are up to 70 times more powerful than the original herb. Remember citrus essential oils break down plastic and grease that is why they are great to clean with, so remember to always use glass or metal drink containers when enjoying your smoothies.

Sometimes I like to add extra greens or protein to my smoothies. Although I do not eat dairy I love the taste of the chocolate and vanilla whey shakes that doTERRA makes.  The Vegan one is also bright and refreshing and I do have it once-in-a-while but it has pea protein in it so I can not have that one either. Food sensitivities and allergies are a pain. I really wish I could use them but as I use the essential oils and TerraZyme my digestive system heals and I hope someday I will no longer have such major restrictions on the things I can eat.

    Cool Berry Twist Smoothie 
    ½ cup almond milk  
    2 scoops Vanilla doTERRA Protein  
    ½ cup strawberries, frozen  
    ⅓ cup blueberries  
    ⅓ cup plain yogurt  
    1 drop Lemon essential oil 
    Peanut Butter Bliss Smoothie 
   12 –14 ounces water
    2 scoops Chocolate doTERRA Protein
 1 banana, frozen
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 toothpick swirl Cinnamon Bark essential oil 

If you would like more information on how to use your essential oils in your food please join me in a continuing education class called cooking with essential oils, it comes around on the schedule about every 13 weeks. Do check the events page on a regular basis for updated class schedules. 

If you have a favorite smoothie recipe please share the in the comments below. Which essential oils do you use in your smoothies? Please share in the comments section below.

 If you have any questions about the products you can add to your smoothie please either make a comment below or message me via the contact page. I look forward to helping you on Your Road to ReNew You.   

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