On Guard, Julius

Staying healthy with On Guard Julius

Staying healthy with On Guard Julius

Feeling like everyone around me is sick or getting sick I’ve been making these yummy, protein packed smoothies int he morning with my doterra essential oils.  I’ve been using doterra essential oils for everything from tummy aches, sore muscles to helping me sleep and stay healthy for over a year now and have been feeling great! This smoothie is perfect in the morning after I come back from the gym or running.

What I love about this smoothie is that it tastes good, almost like an orange julius I used to get as a kid. I love knowing what I’m putting in to my smoothie and that it’s healthy. I love throwing in a handful of almonds, especially after a workout for the extra protein and energy. Everything in my On Guard Julius is fresh and you can even make your own Greek yogurt if you prefer, I’m not that daring. Throw all the ingredients in to your blender and blend until smooth. I feel great when I drink this smoothie and it gives me energy to start my morning. Feel free to add in any protein powder if you so choose as well.

OnGuard Julius

1/2 cup of ice
handful of almonds
1/2 cups pineapple juice, fresh
1 whole ripe banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt, Greek preferred
1 cup fresh diced pineapple
1 freshly peeled orange (optional)
3 drops doterra wild orange essential oil
3 drops doterra on guard essential oil
3 drops doterra slim and sassy essential oil (optional)

Blend until smooth!

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Is there really quinoa in your muffins?

To answer your question, yes, there is quinoa in my muffins. One might ask why? Well quinoa is a healthy grain if you will and can be used in many ways. I was scouring the Pinternet otherwise known as Pinterest in the Food & Drink section, where else, found this very interesting carrot muffin recipe with Quinoa! And to make things more interesting she used Coconut Oil instead of butter! What? Are you crazy? I just made the most delicious buttery apple crostata and now you want me to use coconut oil instead of all that buttery goodness…..I’m now skeptical of how these muffins will turn out….

….ok….

…I am a skeptic no more. The batter, oh the batter. It. Was. Aaaaaaamazing! I made the quinoa, added all the ingredients and voilà! Amazing carrot cake batter, with quinoa no less! Cut to after the muffins came out of the oven and they were perfect and my house smelled wonderful and every little part of the skeptic in my was squashed when I took that first bite….yum! Bon Appetit!

Carrot and Quinoa Muffins

Carrot and Quinoa Muffins

Spring Time for Dessert

The first of April has come and gone, where oh where did time go? Spring has sprung but in Arizona it’s a little hotter than Spring in other parts of the country. Over the weekend I had remembered I had this old episode of Giada’s that I rewatched just to see her make this beautiful apple crostata. I have never had a crostata before, didn’t really know what a crostata was but it looked this like yummy buttery pastry with delicious baked apples inside. How could that not be as wonderful as it sounds? After watching that episode on my DVR I quickly looked it up online and found it here at food network.

I went right to work, I gathered all the required ingredients and brought out my trusty Cuisinart food processor I got for a steal on sale with Kohl’s cash back during the holiday season almost two years ago and began my crostata adventure. I started out making the dough first and wow, how good does it smell when you mix butter and sugar and flour together to form a dough?! Once that was done, wrapped and chilling out in the fridge I started coring and peeling up those beautiful apples. There’s something about being in the kitchen alone with your recipe and making it come together. While I was preparing the apple filling as the dough was chilling, ha, that rhymes, I was feeling a sense of peace and contentment just knowing that no matter what my crostata looked like it was going to turn out. Even if it didn’t, I was trying something new, a new dessert, a new recipe and that in itself was a success.

Ok, enough babbling, back to my crostata. I removed the chilled dough after an hour, filled it up with my apples and put it in the oven to back. You could not believe the sweet, enticing smell that filled my entire house. I couldn’t wait to get my crostata out of the oven! Finally after the longest 40 minutes ever, I removed it from the oven and it was gorgeous! I reluctantly let it cool for 10 minutes as Giada suggests and then went to work and cut into my perfectly beautiful apple crostata for dessert. The first bite was heavenly! You could really taste the butter in the crust and the apples were perfectly cooked and warm, so yummy!

With that said, Spring Forward if that applies to you and make time for dessert and try this wonderful apple crostata for yourself!

Apple Crostata a la Lili

Apple Crostata a la Lili