If you are one of the many people who make a resolution to eat healthier this new year, then you should give this recipe a try! Even though these cookie bites are so delicious, they are also packed with protein and a variety of nutrients to give you a little burst of energy. Just pop one in your mouth when you need a snack or when you have a craving for something sweet!
1/2 cup (125 g) almond butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil
3/4 cup (139 g) cooked quinoa*
1/2 cup (55 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
2–5 drops peppermint essential oil (you could also use orange, cinnamon, or cardamom essential oil, but you may want to start with less)
Combine oats, chia seeds, cocoa or cacao powder, and sea salt in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and coconut oil. Mix well, and then add cooked quinoa. Stir until well combined.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients together, and mix well. You may need to use your hands to mix.
Stir in a drop of peppermint essential oil. Taste; then add another drop if needed. Repeat until you like the flavor.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or in a silicone mold.
Place in the refrigerator until firm.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
*Note: To cook quinoa, place 1/4 cup (43 g) quinoa and 1/2 cup (120 ml) water in a small pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. You can also cook the quinoa in a rice cooker as you would cook regular white rice.
Making your own condiments can be cheaper and healthier. It also allows you to customize the flavor to your preference. Try this mayonnaise with an added essential oil flavor such as basil, rosemary, lemon, or black pepper!
Need a chicken marinade this summer that works well on the grill? This marinade uses essential oil flavors that are often used in Asian cooking to create a new and exciting dish for your family this summer!
Measure all ingredients, stir them together, and pour the mixture into the bottle. (Note: There will be a little too much to fit in one 8 oz. bottle. You can either use the extra right away or pour it into another bottle.)
Shake up the bottle to ensure ingredients are mixed thoroughly before each use.
Use in the shower with a wash cloth or loofah.
We liked this essential oil blend, but have fun experimenting with other ones as well!
Toothbrushes often get neglected when it comes to cleaning. Since we put them in our mouths everyday, we may want to make sure they get cleaned regularly. Here is an easy and all-natural way to clean your toothbrush with just a few simple ingredients.
Are you concerned about the chemicals and wax found on produce that you purchase from the grocery store? Many people just quickly rinse their produce with water, but that doesn’t necessarily clean the fruit or vegetable. This produce cleaning spray can not only help you get your produce clean, but may also help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables. As an additional bonus, your fruits and vegetables will already be washed when you need to grab a snack quickly, so it will be more convenient to eat something healthy!
Pour all ingredients into the 8 oz. spray bottle. You can use a funnel if needed to avoid spills. Screw the lid on and shake to combine.
To use, shake the bottle, then thoroughly spray your fruits and vegetables. Allow to sit 5–10 minutes before rinsing, drying, and eating.
Note: If you want to bulk wash your produce, you can do so by mixing the solution in a bowl. Make sure you have 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water, and at least 10 drops of oil for every 2 cups of wash. Once your solution is ready in a bowl, dip your produce in and rub a little with your fingers. Continue dipping until all produce has been cleaned. Allow to sit 5–10 minutes before rinsing, drying, and putting away.
As the weather gets warmer, you’ll be pulling out your spring and summer wardrobes. Be sure to get your arms, legs, and feet summer-ready with this delicious-smelling body butter. We sampled this body butter at the West and East Coast Leadership events this year, and it was a huge hit. Everybody loved the way it smelled and felt. A little goes a long way with this moisturizer, so you’ll be happy to share it with friends—and they’ll be glad you did.
Create a double boiler, and melt the cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the almond oil, vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E oil, and stir.
Remove mixture from the heat, pour into a mixing bowl, and then quickly add the essential oil. (Some oils that go well with this body butter include lemon, orange, or peppermint. At the Leadership events this year, we used the Encouraging Blend. Another great combination is 20 drops of peppermint and 10 drops cinnamon essential oil. Experiment and make it your own.)
Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator, and beat the mixture in a stand mixer or by hand. Repeat the refrigerate/beat process until you achieve the consistency you want.