Easy Healthy* Peppermint Brownies!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! or in this case yummy Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownies! I have been looking around for a somewhat healthy recipe. But most of the “healthy” brownie recipes that come up on a google search include semi-sweet chocolate chips which would make them too sweet for my liking; or Gluten-Free Flour which isn’t as healthy as you think (it is highly processed). So I decided to improvise by replacing some of the ingredients with a healthier alternative and skip the chocolate chips. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out! not too sweet yet still tastes like a treat!

Here’s my recipe –

1 cup organic coconut flour (or buckwheat)
3/4 cup organic cacoa powder (sifted)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup organic coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
1 1/2 cups organic coconut sugar
1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
3 large organic eggs (room temperature)
3 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil (add more if you like a stronger peppermint taste)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Method:

1. Prepare pan by oiling with coconut oil or butter.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cacoa powder and salt.
3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
4. Once combined, add eggs one at a time and stir until combined.
5. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until just mixed.
6. Add 3 drops of peppermint vitality oil into the mixture. Blend in a little, don’t overmix.
7. Pour batter into pan.
8. Bake for 20-25 min or until brownies have formed nice slightly crispy edge.
9. Check middle is set by inserting toothpick. It should come out moist with no sticky residue.
10. Be patient as it cools… then dig in!! Mmmmmm!

*Healthy – if you manage to not finish the whole lot in one sitting 😉

Cheers to all Women Warriors but First Let’s Fill our Cups!

We have all heard the aircraft stewardess repeating this time and time again before every take-off. “In case of an emergency the cabin pressure drops, oxygen masks will be released. If you are caring for a child, make sure you put on your oxygen mask and secure it before attending to your child.” It’s a no brainer really when you think about it, being passed out from lack of oxygen is not going to help anyone let alone the child that you are caring for.

Women are biologically the nurturers and caregivers where men are the protectors, providers (and in my case, the fixers). So don’t be upset when your husband is naturally clueless with what to do when you are sick in bed when instinctively you know how to care for a sick family member. It’s just not in their genetic programming.

When I say nurturers and caregivers, this includes, being the problem solver, the transport guy for pick-ups and drop-offs, the cook, cleaner, the all night nurses and the worriers. This is why men get credited if they can fulfil at least half (or one of these tasks) – and vice versa of course. The same goes for a women who knows her way around the tool box or holding down a career while raising children. I hope you get where I’m going with this….

As the Nurturers and Caregivers of our species, we women need to look after ourselves, as in, we need to refill our own cup from that fountain of nourishment in order for us to be the best nurturers we can be for our families. Women have so much to give in society, we are raising the next generation and so our actions and thoughts have a heavy responsibility in how our children think and behave as adults. So here are some things I’ve come to stop and take notice of myself.

Nourishment for Mind and Body

Reading
  1. It doesn’t matter if it’s Fifty Shades of Grey or an inspirational book. Both works depending what the intention is. Sometimes I like to numb the brain by reading a trashy romance novel, and a-lot of the time I love reading Ladyboss books! Something with good tips on how I can better myself and my business. Either way, reading a good book has this ability to transport your mind out of it’s constant internal chatter into something external and open it up to greater possibilities. The Alchemist – was THAT book for me.  Some essential oils that I like to put on my necklace diffuser is Ylang-Ylang and Believe to bring focus.
Health
  1. This is as broad a word as I can use to represent overall body health. Our body is our form by which our soul resides in to carry out our life’s work. So, we all know that having a full functioning healthy body will help us make life a lot easier. I will not touch on everything but I’ll just say, make educated decisions in what we put into our bodies and taking notice of what comes out. Our muscles need strengthening too in order to support our bones and joints so hydrate and be active – always! Find an activity that’s enjoyable for you. For me it’s Yoga, fitting time to practice  is key as I know I’m giving my body some attention and pushing myself to improve in strength, so every time you practice, make that practice worth your time.  Supplements like Ningxia Red, and the Vitality Range of Essential Oils and Vitamins helps my body function in it’s most optimal level. Everything Young Living is about living a healthier life. So hence why I’m in Young Living for the long haul!
Beauty
  1. Putting your best face forward at all times. I remember my mom’s advise to me was to alway present yourself well as you’ll never know who you are going run into. It’s true what she says, although my misconception with this whilst growing up was to conform to what society think is beautiful. What I know now for sure is, Beauty is primarily about Confidence. Uh-Huh! your confident self is smart and knows that looking after your skin, dressing well and being kind is your beauty kit right there, and because being nasty is just Ugly. PERIOD!
Nourishment Your Soul
Aligning Yourself With Your Source
  1. For me meditating over reading the Bible is something I wish to do daily but don’t and it’s something I need to prioritise. For others there are other ways of finding your source. Meditating is one way to do it and there’s so many ways to go about doing it. Taking walks in nature, sitting by the beach, giving yourself a bath with candles… Find time alone (yes, sometime a phone detox is good too) to connect with your source. Scents like Frankincense, Cedarwood, Lavender helps with grounding.
Create Human Connections
  1. Two Women Hugging Outside

  2. One thing I love about what I do is that I get to meet people and have opportunities to have authentic connections. Hugging is known to create a chemical release in your body that relaxes you and makes you happy. We were made for human connection and the secret is… Be Vulnerable. No connection can be made with your ego involved. Conversations with friends over coffee to me is one of my all-time favourite things to do. Calling one person a week whom you’ve not spoken to for a long time opens up so much positive energy for connection. Even sending prayers out to people is pretty cosmic as you might find that person at the other end of the world would feel that connection too.
Love
  1. Choose Love over Hate, because as Will Smith puts it so eloquently in his song ‘Just the two of us’.

“Throughout life people will make you mad, Disrespect you and tread you bad. Let God deal with the things they do ‘Cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”

So there, these are of-course my thoughts this cold Saturday morning. If you have anything else to add. Experiences and advise of your own.. (pleas keep it positive ; ) ) please leave us a comment! Sx

How to make your essential oils less effective.

Essential Oils are high in antioxidant properties. They also contain many other system supporting properties. Each oil has a purpose, but they do have a varying ratio of each of these properties. I use them daily to help me detox/chelate/neutralise my body of any free radicals and build up a strong immune system. I believe it has the potential to be the most effective modality when it comes to supporting our immune system.

However…. how effective the oils are at carrying out it’s multi-faceted capabilities will depend on many factors. For e.g.: how is my diet? do I eat a lot of fried food full of saturated omega 6 fatty acids? am I drinking too much alcohol or sodas? is the air I’m breathing clean (internal and external air!!)? am I using products laden with toxic chemicals on my skin and in my mouth? Fun Fact: an average home has more indoor air pollution than the outside.

If we are bombarding our bodies with undesirable chemicals, then much of the oil is being used up to neutralise those chemicals. And as it is doing this, it is depleting it’s ability to do other functions in other areas of the body. So you have to increase your dose of essential oil to increase it’s functions and effect on your body.

Every day we are exposed to toxic chemicals whether we like it or not. Thankfully, most of the time we are in control of the choices we make. What’s in your deodorant, haircare, body wash, air freshener, toothpaste, cleaners?

Learn what chemicals are damaging to our bodies. Learn to look out for endocrine disruptors in the ingredients list – these are toxic chemicals that disrupt your endocrine system (the system responsible for hormone production) creating an imbalance in your hormone levels, which can then lead to many diseases.

 

The body’s inability to purge toxins fast enough (toxic burden) lead to a compromised immune system that cannot keep up with the repair work needed to keep the body healthy from free radicals and cell mutations.

Go to EWG’s Dirty Dozen List – https://www.ewg.org/…/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors…

If you’re one of our members, ask how you can get yourself added to The Essential Switch group in Facebook, to learn what to avoid and how to make the switch to clean products that YL has! this is a support group created for you.

I don’t walk down the cleaning aisle or the personal care aisle in the supermarket or pharmacy anymore. I have replaced all those with what YL can provide that are clear of endocrine disruptors. They have a huge range of products for your every day needs – nothing but clean, safe  ingredients. I have saved myself a lot of time and I’ve invested that money in my health.

Just remember, antioxidants of all forms are SOOOO important!! Fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Oils and Ningxia Red daily too! because they have very high levels of antioxidants and you just can’t get it all in food these days. And get rid of the things that challenge the body in it’s restoration and repair.

What conscious changes are you going to make next to give your immune system a chance?

If you want to learn more about the science behind essential oils and why YL’s oils can’t be beat, you can visit my friend Dr Doug’s group. He’s trained in biophysics and biochemistry and does a great job at explaining things in terms we can understand. This is a great place for those of you who love learning the science behind YL’s oils!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sheddinglightonessentialoils/