If you need a grab-and-go breakfast, give these Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites a try! You’ll also give your breakfast a boost in flavor and health benefit by adding a drop of essential oil. For easier eating on the run, just insert a wooden craft stick into each bite before freezing.
Easter has become a commercialized holiday, often involving candy-filled, plastic eggs. Many parents don’t want so much candy but still want a fun and meaningful Easter. If that’s you, take a look at these ideas for a healthier holiday!
Easter Eggs and Easter Baskets
Fill Easter eggs with small food items such as nuts, berries, dates, raisins, dried fruits, or cereal.
Waxed Candle Wicks with Metal Base (available at most craft stores)
Start by poking a tiny hole in the top of your egg with a sharp object, such as an awl or paring knife. Then carefully chip away the top of the egg until you have a nice, wide opening.
Wash out the inside of the eggs and let them dry while preparing the dye.
Combine 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar, 1 cup of boiling water, and 10–20 drops of your desired food coloring in a disposable paper or plastic cup (or other container that you don’t mind getting dye on). Submerge the eggs in the dye 1–20 minutes until you obtain your desired color.
Let the eggs dry. We dried our eggs in the sun on bamboo skewers in a vase, as pictured to the right.
While the eggs are drying, melt the beeswax in a double boiler on the stove. A heat-proof glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water works great for this (and the measuring cup makes it easy to pour the beeswax later). You will need about 1 oz. of beeswax for each egg you make.
Mix a few drops of essential oil into the melted beeswax (1–2 drops for each candle). If you want to vary the type of essential oil you use in each candle, you can add the essential oil after you pour the beeswax into the eggshells.
Carefully pour the beeswax into the dried eggshells. Then place your wick in the middle of the eggshell and let the beeswax harden. You can put your egg candles back in the egg carton to stabilize them while you pour the beeswax and insert the wick.
Once the beeswax has hardened completely, move your egg candles to egg cups or any decorative container that will hold them upright.
Enjoy your beautiful Easter creation! These eggshell candles look great as a table centerpiece or on a mantle or shelf.
Cold cereal is a go-to breakfast for a lot of people. Mango Coconut Granola is an easy way to keep the convenience of breakfast cereal while increasing nutritional value to start your day. You’ll love the tropical flavors enhanced by essential oils in this tasty granola!
Preheat oven to 350° F. and lightly grease a large jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides.
In a large bowl, stir together the oats, sugar (or substitute), almonds, wheat germ, and 1/2 cup shredded coconut.
In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil and maple syrup or honey. Remove from heat and add mango nectar (or fresh mango), vanilla extract, and essential oils. Stir the liquid ingredients in with the dry ingredients and toss well to coat.
Spread mixture evenly onto prepared pan.
Bake for 25–30 minutes, stirring frequently (every 5–10 minutes), or until golden brown and crisp.
Remove from the oven and stir in dried mango and the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
Enjoy dry as a snack, served over Greek yogurt, or in a bowl with milk.
*Note: Mango nectar can be found in flip-top cans in the beverage aisle or refrigerated beverage section of most grocery stores.
Granola also makes a great snack/refreshment in classes and can easily be served in shot glasses.
Are you ready for a new flavor of hummus? Try out our falafel hummus dip! We accidentally discovered this dip when we were coming up with our recipe for baked falafel. If you love hummus, you need to give this recipe a try!
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with a hearty Irish Beef Stew! You can now enjoy the comforting flavors of this dish along with the health benefits of the essential oils. Try pairing this beef stew with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread for an easy make-ahead meal.
2 lbs. (1 kg) stew beef, cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4–6 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs. (1 kg) potatoes, cut into 1/2″ (1.25 cm) pieces
6 carrots, cut into 1/4″ (0.75 cm) coins
1 large onion, diced
3 cups (720 ml) beef broth
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar (or 1/2 Tbsp. honey)
1 tsp. (2.25 g) paprika
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup (80 ml) cold water
3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) flour
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops oregano essential oil
2 Tbsp. (7.5 g) chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season beef with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add beef to skillet, and sauté until brown on all sides. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.
Transfer the beef to a slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low heat for 7–8 hours or on high heat for 3–4 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and flour; stir into stew. Add the essential oils, and cook on high heat for an additional 20–30 minutes or until the broth has thickened. Remove and discard bay leaves.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley if desired.
Have you tried hasselback potatoes yet? They are a lot like baked potatoes, but rather than piercing the potatoes with a fork, you cut slices in them with a knife, then fill the slices with yummy ingredients either before or after baking them. When making hasselback potatoes with essential oils, it’s best to add the oils after baking the potatoes so you don’t lose the health benefits of the oils.
Start by slicing the potatoes, drizzling them with olive oil, and sprinkling salt and pepper on top before baking them. While they bake, mix up the herb butter by melting butter and stirring in the essential oils. If you happen to taste the herb butter, you may find the essential oils to be a bit strong. Just trust us, though—the final product tastes delicious!
When the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, pull them out of the oven. Then, while they are still hot, drizzle on the herb butter. Make sure to get it in between the slices.
Add a little fresh parsley for a pop of color, and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese for the final touch! Don’t wait too long to get a bite of this delicious potato!
1/3–1/2 cup (80–120 ml) melted butter (can use olive oil or a mixture of butter and olive oil)
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
2 drops thyme essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop oregano essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Fresh minced parsley for garnish
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Slice along each potato in 1/16-inch (2 mm) intervals, making sure to only slice a little more than halfway through the potato. It is easiest to start cutting on one end, then when you get to the middle, rotate the potato and continue cutting from the other end toward the middle again.
Place the sliced potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 30–40 minutes, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
While the potatoes are roasting, mix together the herb butter.
Once the potatoes are done, pull them out of the oven, and brush the herb butter mixture evenly over the potatoes and in between the slices.
Sprinkle potatoes with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if desired.
Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Note: The herb butter may seem pretty strong if tasted on its own, but it tastes just right when combined with the potato.
If you are a fan of Almond Joys, Mounds, or Bounty bars, you are sure to love these sweet treats! We added peppermint essential oil to this well-loved and healthy recipe, and these taste just like peppermint patties! For an extra special twist, you could even try cinnamon essential oil instead! If your significant other likes healthy treats, this may be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him or her.
Place 1 cup (92 g) shredded coconut and 1 Tbsp. (12 g) coconut oil in a food processor; blend on high speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture resembles a butter consistency.
Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt, and peppermint essential oil; blend again until combined.
Add 3/4 cup (68 g) shredded coconut, and continue processing until combined.
Press the coconut mixture into a silicone mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can also shape the coconut mixture into 1″ balls, bars, or patties, or press into a small cookie cutter and set on a plate.
Place in the refrigerator until firm (preferably overnight).
Once the coconut mixture has firmed up, melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
When the chocolate is melted, dip each coconut shape into the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the pieces back in the refrigerator for 5–10 minutes.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
*Note: If you use sweetened shredded coconut, omit the maple syrup and add just a little more coconut milk.
Making your own breath mints is pretty easy; plus, you get to add the wonderful benefits of essential oils to them! Also, if you are looking for something to give away for Valentine’s Day, these make cute (and practical!) gifts for anyone.
The hardest part of this recipe is getting the mints all cut out. So, if you don’t have kids that can help, try cutting out squares with a sharp knife instead to make the process faster. We used tiny metal “clay cutters” from a craft store that come in a variety of shapes (including a small heart). You can also use a 1″ (2.5 cm) piece of straw for tiny circles.
Some essential oils we used that taste fantastic as breath mints are peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, and fennel. Other oils that may taste good are ginger, orange, lemon, or lime. If you want to make the mints sour, you can add a little citric acid to the gum paste and dust with citric acid instead of the powdered sugar.
This recipe may seem super unhealthy, but keep in mind that you aren’t eating more than 1 or 2 small pieces at a time. In other words, even though these taste amazing, they are breath mints and are meant to be eaten in very small doses.
1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar + more if needed to get the right consistency
Food coloring (optional)
Essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, fennel, ginger, orange, lemon, or lime
Powdered sugar (or citric acid for sour flavors)
Put the water in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water. Let sit for 5 minutes or until it starts to look foamy.
Stir in the corn syrup, and warm on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture turns clear.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar. Continue adding sugar little by little and kneading with your hands just until it doesn’t stick so much to your fingers.
Once the texture is soft and stretchy, your gum paste is ready.
Divide the mixture into 2–3 equal portions. Knead the first portion with your hands until it becomes soft and pliable. Wrap the other portions in plastic wrap to keep them soft until you are ready to work with them.
Add food coloring if desired (3–4 drops is usually sufficient), and knead until the color is well blended into the dough. (Note: To make sure both the food coloring and the essential oil or blend stay in the dough and don’t drip off, create a well in the top of the piece of dough with your finger, drop the coloring or oil in the well, fold the dough so it closes over the well opening, and then continue to knead the dough as normal.)
Add 3–4 drops of your desired essential oil for a mild flavor or 5–8 drops of essential oil for a stronger flavor. We recommend starting with 3–4 drops, tasting a small piece, and adding more essential oil if needed.
Once the color and flavor are as desired, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on a clean surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out on the powdered sugar to a little more than 1/8″ (3 mm) thick.
Cut out your mints using a straw (for circles), a sharp knife (for small squares), or another small shape. We used a mini clay cutter for our small heart and flower shapes.
As you cut out your mints, dust them with a little powdered sugar so they don’t stick together.
Leave the mints exposed to air until they become hard (about 48 hours); then store them in your desired container.
Do you love the smell of fresh baked bread? We do too! This recipe is incredibly simple and easy to make, especially if you prepare it the day before baking it! You could speed up this recipe by increasing the amount of yeast, but we recommend letting it sit overnight and taking advantage of the benefits of sourdough fermentation.
Did you know sourdough bread is healthier for you than even commercial whole grain breads? Here’s why: The outer coating on wheat kernels (also known as the bran) contains a substance called phytic acid. These phytic acid molecules do 2 things:
They inhibit enzymes that are needed for the breakdown of proteins and starches in the stomach. The lack of these enzymes in our stomachs often causes digestive issues (including a wheat or gluten intolerance).
They bind with other minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, which makes these important nutrients unavailable to us.
However, as wheat flour and water sit, a reaction called fermentation occurs, and the wild yeast and lactobacillus (lactic acid bacteria) in the leaven neutralize the phytic acid, as the bread proves through the acidification of the dough. This prevents the effects of the phytic acid and makes the bread easier for us to digest. The sourdough bacteria pre-digest the flour, which releases the micronutrients and makes them available to us. This whole process takes place as you let the bread sit on your counter for several hours. Sourdough bread also has a low glycemic index and takes longer to digest, so it won’t affect your blood sugar like ordinary bread.
The rosemary essential oil in this recipe is enough to provide a delightful hint of the herb in every bite. Feel free to add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper if you want more of a savory taste.
1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) active dry yeast (increase to 2 1/4 tsp. (7 g) if you don’t want to wait all night)
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) warm water
3–4 drops rosemary essential oil
1/4 tsp. (200 mg) Italian seasoning (optional)
1/4 tsp. (800 mg) garlic powder (optional)
1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper (optional)
Fresh rosemary, roughly chopped, for garnish
In a large bowl, stir the flour, salt, and yeast together. Add warm water and rosemary essential oil, and stir to combine. It’s fine if it looks like a shaggy mess or on the dry side.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set at room temperature for 8–24 hours (it is done sitting when it looks wet and bubbly and has doubled in size).
Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and gently pull it into a squarish shape. Sprinkle on Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, and fresh rosemary. Fold the corners in like an envelope; then flip the dough over and shape it into a ball. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, put your baking dish with high sides (we used a dutch oven) in the oven, and preheat to 450°F (230°C).
After the 30 minutes are up, flip the bread over (seam side up) or cut an “x” in the dough, sprinkle with fresh rosemary, and carefully place it in the hot dutch oven. Cover with the lid, and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and continue cooking, uncovered, for 10–20 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.