Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub

Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub

Since last Friday, I’ve been testing a new line of protein powders from Sunwarrior and it’s really been a great experience to concentrate so diligently on everything that I put in my mouth each day.  I guess it’s put me into a self-centered spot and today I’m sharing another find for taking good care of yourself.  My detailed record of the meal replacement adventures will come next week but for now….some simple skin care to  make up at home for pennies.                

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July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

   From Julie’s Lifestyle.com Easter treats can be fun and healthy with these quick, kid-friendly balls of chocolate flavors.  You’ll want to make them year round too but they sure can make a perfect substitute for popular Easter, sugar laden candies and eggs.  These Cacao Nib coated treats will give kids and adults the healthiest option for a sweet and chocolate treat this Easter.  Plus, once you’ve got this recipe down, the sky’s the limit for new versions, flavors and shapes.   Raw Cacao Nibs are just so yummy on their own.  But when you add them to these healthy truffles, they’re just heavenly. If you can’t find cacao nibs in your area, these are certainly delicious treats with cocoa powder coating instead.  But I urge you to give the nibs a try when you can.  I used NuNaturals Orange and Peppermint Liquid Stevia to make up two different flavor backgrounds for these little balls of fun.  The Cacao nibs rolled on top at the end just add to their chocolate background and make them positively super good for you. Have you ever eaten a whole plate full of candy and not been sinking with guilt and a stomach ache? Okay,…

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Raw-Vegan Chocolate Sauce

A delicious, raw chocolate dessert sauce that can adapt itself from a creamy dipping sauce for fruits into a mildly sweet frosting for cakes or sweetbreads.  Mix in a handful of dried fruits and nuts and spoon onto wax paper to make Raw Nut Candies. A wonderfully versatile  sauce from Carmella Soleil at Carmella’s Sunny Raw Kitchen. Adapted from “Carmella’s Raw Sunny Kitchen” – Raw Vegan Chocolate Sauce Carmella’s original recipe called for Coconut Oil. I thought the coconut taste was too strong for me and prefer a milder Vegetable spread option for the fat. I also used powdered Coconut Palm Sugar mixed in with the water until it dissolved in place of the Agave in mine. It’s really amazing that this creamy, sweet sauce comes from a dry almost bitter tasting nut like pecans. I’d like to try a version with walnuts and see how that goes too. So glad Carmella’s got this basic for us though already. And I hope she is back on the road to recovery and getting some great care these days 🙂 PrintRaw-Vegan Chocolate Sauce What you will need for this recipe:3/4 cup raw cacao 1/2 cup pecans, soaked 1/2 cup raw liquid sweetener, or…

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Strawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter

 These waffles begin and end with a nice bunch of fresh, just ripe strawberries. Without them, don’t bother…. The waffle batter is not overly sweet, not overly tart.  It’s a light batter and you get bits of sour when your tongue finds one of the fresh strawberries mixed in with the batter.  The Maple Cinnamon Butter is not too sweet either and adds a smooth alternative to the crispness of the waffle edges.   The strongest flavors here are strawberry puree and the cinnamon.  Both combine and swirl around in your mouth to balance out the plain waffle flavor.  Add in a little cocoa powder to the batter for a more dessert like waffle. Please check out the Waffle Queen (Annie at An Unrefined Vegan) for the real encyclopedia of waffle making.  I’m just a beginner here and have a lot to learn. My first attempt at waffle making.  Definitely not my last. PrintStrawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter Yield: 3 Belgian or 5 smaller Waffles What you will need for this recipe:For Maple Cinnamon Butter: Combine 1/2 Cup Vegetable Butter with 1/4 Cup Maple or Agave Syrup and 1 tsp. Cinnnamon For the Strawberry Puree: 1 1/2 Cups Sliced…

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Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

The flavors of chocolate, a touch of orange and a tangy sour bite of the Pomegranate make this ‘good for you’ fudge my new favorite. The contrasting textures of the Pomegranate and the Cocoa Powder leave your tongue wondering ‘Wow, what’s next?” Then you taste the creamy dates and chia seed filled fudge and the whole thing kind of melds together in your mouth…………. This fudge is not too sweet, not to sour, and definitely a healthy choice for snacking!      Click here for how to remove pomegranate seeds   The Cocoa & Pomegranate are a wonderful contrast of  flavors. First you taste the mildly sweet cocoa, then a burst of tart fresh Pomegranate. A perfect bite. Enjoy!

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Coconut Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bark

Coconut Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bark

It was time to clean out some ‘just about used up’ bags from my freezer and what better way than to combine all the good ingredients inside some chocolate? There’s no real recipe here since I was just kind of piling things into a bowl, stirring it up and then freezing it.  But here is a good example of some Coconut Blueberry Chocolate Bark:  (and a great site as well)  http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/paleo-coconut-blueberry-bark/ For mine, I used a bag of Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips that I got at Whole Foods, melted together with some Coconut Oil.  And then 1/3 of a Cup of each: Fresh Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds Coconut Flakes Chopped Macadamia Nuts, Raisins I love chocolate bark because it allows you to be so creative and make something specific to your personal likes.  And if you’re careful, you can make it pretty healthy as snacks go………. Chocolatey, chewy, fruity, nutty, and a touch of salt…..yum! Have you ever made some chocolate bark? I love to see how different people can use the same ingredients in so many different ways.  What’s your favorite combination? Enjoy!

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New Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway

http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/virgin_coconut_oil.htm   I love making things with Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Like Chocolate Donuts with Key Lime Frosting It helps so much in adapting desserts to be ‘Dairy Free’ or Raspberry Mocha Cream Cookie Dough Cake How would you like a chance to win some of this heavenly stuff? http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/virgin_coconut_oil.htm So many things you can make with delicious Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil? Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best…

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Tropical Traditions Hair Oil Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for the entries Lavender is one of my favorite scents.  So relaxing and mild, especially fresh lavender live on the plant. http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp I have a lavender plant growing in the front yard that did pretty well it’s first year, sprouted 4-5 shoots with blossoms. Then this spring I transplanted it to a better area so we’ll see how it does. Until then, I’ll rely on better sources for my lavender fixes. Tropical Traditions sent me a lavender scented coconut oil hair treatment to try. It smells wonderful. I have used it on the tips of my hair for a couple weeks now but I really prefer it as a moisturizer for my legs. To each her own right? Well now Tropical Traditions will offer one of my readers a bottle to try out for themselves.Tropical Traditions is the best place to get Virgin Coconut Oil I think.  I’ve used their Coconut Oil in my recipes and love it! Like my Diary Free Raspberry Mocha Cookie Cream Cake, YUM!!  And now that I’ve tried their haircare products, I’m loving my options for all the Coconut products they have.http://www.youtube.com/embed/4h6eycjf29MTropical Traditions has formulated three different organic coconut oil…

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