Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites

Sometimes we all need a healthy energy boost to keep us going. These energy bites are so delicious that even your kids will love them! This snack is simple and fun, but also really healthy so that you can feel good about eating it.

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites

  • Servings: 24–30
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (200 g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup grated apple (about 1 apple)
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) ground flaxseed
  • 5 Tbsp. (75 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the honey, vanilla, and cinnamon essential oil.
  3. Add the wet ingredients and the grated apple to the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until everything is completely combined (you may need to use your hands).
  4. Cover, and refrigerate for an hour or until the mixture solidifies a bit.
  5. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and snack away!

These energy bites can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days.

You can substitute any other fruit for the apple if desired—pears, peaches, strawberries, etc.

Peppermint Chocolate Mousse

This dessert is so delicious—and healthy too! If you love rich, creamy, chocolate treats, this is the one for you. It’s made with coconut cream, which adds an amazing hint of coconut flavor. And the peppermint essential oil tops off this amazing dessert with a flavor to die for! This mousse is very rich, so it doesn’t take much to hit your sweet spot.

Peppermint Chocolate Mousse

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp. (18 g) confectioner’s sweetener (or confectioner’s sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp. (24 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 squares (20 g) 70% dark chocolate, shaved (optional for extra richness)
  • Shaved chocolate for garnish
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the cans of coconut cream in the refrigerator overnight before using. Without shaking the cans, open them up and scoop the thick cream off the top of the water into a bowl.
  2. Add the sweetener or sugar to the cream, and beat on high until it thickens up. If desired, you can save a little bit of the whipped cream to top the mousse with.
  3. Fold the cocoa powder and salt into the cream, and beat again until smooth.
  4. Add the peppermint essential oil, and beat again.
  5. Fold in the chocolate shavings, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Top with whipped coconut cream and chocolate shavings, and serve!

You can also use coconut milk in place of coconut cream, but you will need to allow the mousse to thicken in the refrigerator for an hour or more before serving.

Peppermint Chocolate Bites

We all love the dinner mints given out at fancy restaurants, but they only give you one! We decided to try our hand at chocolatiering, and we fell in love with this simple recipe. You can use your favorite dark chocolate (the darker the healthier), and the peppermint essential oil adds a nice flavor that will make it hard to stop eating these little gems.

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

  • Servings: 36–48
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 package (10 oz.) white chocolate melting wafers
  • 6–8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).
  2. Place the chocolate into 3 oven-safe bowls (1 package in each bowl), and warm in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully melted.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, making sure it covers the sides as well.
  4. Remove one of the bowls of dark chocolate from the oven, and leave the others in to keep them melted.
  5. Pour the first bowl of dark chocolate across the wax paper, spread the chocolate out with a spatula, and shake the pan to help create an even layer.
  6. While that layer is drying, remove the white chocolate from the oven, and add peppermint oil and food coloring.
  7. Wait just until the first layer of chocolate changes from glossy to matte, then pour the white chocolate on top quickly, spreading it out and shaking the pan to flatten.
  8. Once that layer has turned matte, remove the last bowl of dark chocolate from the oven, and spread it across the top in the same manner as the other 2 layers.
  9. Allow the chocolate to dry, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.

The trick to this recipe is knowing exactly when to pour the layers on top. If the chocolate is too wet, the layers will mix. If the chocolate is too dry, the layers won’t stick together. Watch the chocolate as it dries; it will change from glossy to matte, and at this point, you can quickly top the next layer. If they do mix a bit, no big deal! It will still taste delicious!

These chocolate bites are so good, you won’t be able to keep the kids away! They also make great snacks for your essential oil classes. Make up a tray, and give them to your attendees to demonstrate the use of essential oils in cooking.

Stuffed Peppers with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a new international recipe, you’ll love this European classic. These stuffed peppers are delicious and relatively easy to make. The hint of essential oil adds a nice flavor and makes these even healthier! Your whole family will love this tasty new recipe!

Stuffed Peppers

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Pepper Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. (400 mg) crushed red pepper flakes

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) uncooked white rice
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) chopped parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. (10 g) salt
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the rice, oregano essential oil, and basil essential oil to 2 cups (500 ml) water. Cook the rice over the stovetop or in a rice cooker, and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan, cook onion in olive oil until softened. Place half of the onion pieces in a large bowl, and set aside.
  3. Combine marinara sauce, beef broth, crushed red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar in the frying pan with the remaining onions. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 minute, then pour sauce mixture into a 9″ × 13″ (23 × 33 cm) baking dish.
  4. To the large bowl with the onions, add uncooked ground beef, diced tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, parsley, and black pepper essential oil. Stir to combine.
  5. Add cooked rice and 1 cup parmesan cheese to the meat mixture.
  6. Cut each bell pepper in half, and remove the seeds. Stuff the peppers tightly with the meat mixture. You can fill them to overflowing, as the meat will shrink when it cooks.
  7. Place the peppers in the baking dish into the tomato sauce, top with more cheese, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink, peppers are tender, and the cheese is melted and crispy.
  9. Scoop a pepper half into a bowl, and pour some of the sauce on top.

You can use our marinara sauce if you want the extra essential oil flavor!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

These Quinoa Artichoke Bites make a tasty snack or side dish. With the addition of essential oils, they pack even more flavor and health benefits. They go perfectly with our Essential Oil Marinara Sauce (recipe below), or you can mix up your own favorite dipping sauce. Give them a shot; you’re sure to love them!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. (13 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz. (115 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Drain and chop the artichoke hearts, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Squeeze the spinach with paper towels or a kitchen towel until completely dry.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a mini muffin tin, divide the mixture into 24 cups, and press down to pack the mixture in firmly.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let the bites cool for a few minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce (recipe below).

Cheeses that work great for this recipe are monterey jack, mozzarella, and cheddar. Try one, or a combination of all three!

Essential Oil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles or with our Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites (recipe above).

Raw Lemon Berry Cheesecake (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

If you are looking for a relatively healthy dessert, then you should try this recipe! It is vegan and gluten-free, but it still tastes quite good. Of course, it doesn’t taste like a normal cheesecake, but even our pickiest tasters asked for more. There is something so satisfying about the lemon, coconut, nutty, and berry flavor combination tasted in every bite.

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Raw Lemon Berry Cheesecake

  • Servings: 9–12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (150 g) almonds
  • 1 cup medjool dates (about 10 dates) (pre-soaked if needed)
  • 1/2 cup (47 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 Tbsp./30 ml)
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil

Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (274 g) cashews
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) sea salt

Berry Topping Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (~110–15 g) frozen or fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) coconut oil, melted
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Pre-soak the cashews (and dates if needed) for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Rub an 8″ x 8″ (20 x 20 cm) glass baking dish with coconut oil.
  3. Place all crust ingredients in a food processor or blender, and pulse until the mixture looks and feels like dough. Dump it into your baking dish, and press it down evenly to cover the bottom of the dish. Once done, place the pan in the fridge while you make the other layers.
  4. Repeat with the cheesecake ingredients—blend, and then layer on top of crust.
  5. If using frozen berries, place all berry topping ingredients in a pan on the stove top, and heat just until the berries have thawed a little and coconut oil is melted.
  6. Place berry topping ingredients in the food processor, and pulse until mixed. Pour on top of the cheesecake layer.
  7. Place in the fridge or freezer until set up (about 4 hours in the freezer or 6 hours in the fridge).
  8. Top with fresh berries before serving, if desired.

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

The new year represents new beginnings, and many people set goals and resolutions to become better people during the upcoming year. Are some of your resolutions or goals about becoming healthier, devoting more time and energy to building your business, or using essential oils more every day? If so, keep reading and check out the other posts in this series:
New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful New Year
New Year’s Resolutions for Living an Essential Oil Lifestyle

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The hardest part of goals usually lies in their implementation. Having the desire to change is the first step, but you also need a plan. First, decide what your goal is, and prioritize it in relation to everything else you have going on. Then, list out specific things you will do each day, week, and/or month in order to achieve your goal. As you do these things, keep track of your progress so that you can look back and see how far you have come. Keep a journal, and record the things you’ve done. Track progress by finding a way to quantify your goal. Such measurements could include how much you weigh each week, time spent in a specific activity, body measurements, or how you feel. Write down discoveries you have had such as new insights, things that work well for you or things that don’t, new recipes to incorporate in your diet, or exercises to try.

Weight Loss

Goals to lose weight are very common this time of year and, unfortunately, are often difficult to achieve. There are many facets to losing weight. Sometimes weight loss can be achieved through diet and exercise; other times, one may need to rid the body of toxins that are preventing weight loss. You may want to read this post on utilizing body wraps to help detox your body: Benefits of Body Wraps.

When trying to detox your body or lose weight, it is important to drink a lot of water. Your body needs water to flush toxins as well as to keep your organs doing their proper functions. How much water should you drink? To figure this out, simply take your weight and divide it by 2. The answer you get is the minimum number of ounces of water you should drink per day. To aid in weight loss, however, your body will benefit from more than the bare minimum. Multiply your weight by 2/3 (or .67) to get the amount of water you should consume if weight loss is one of your aims. So, for example, if you are 200 lbs, then you should be drinking a minimum of 100 oz. and ideally 134 oz. of water each day.

Essential oils may also help you achieve your weight loss goals. According to the book Modern Essentials, some oils that may help with weight loss are grapefruit, Metabolic Blend, orange, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, lavender, Joyful Blend, and patchouli. Modern Essentials suggests adding 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of grapefruit to 1 gallon of water and drinking it throughout the day. The additional research listed under the “Weight” section in the Personal Usage Guide suggests that grapefruit essential oil may reduce appetite simply by being exposed to the scent of the oil (Modern Essentials, pp. 313–314).

Losing weight may also require lifestyle changes in exercising and eating healthy meals and snacks. Below are some ideas to help inspire you to maintain a healthy diet.

Healthy Eating

If you want to eat healthier, you may want to plan out a meal schedule with healthy meals and healthy snack options. Make a grocery list, and stick to that list, making a diligent effort to not purchase items you didn’t plan for. Shop with a full stomach to prevent extraneous purchases because “it looks so good.”

As soon as you get home after grocery shopping, wash and cut up vegetables and prepare snack-size portions so you have ready-to-eat snacks when you need them. Prepare as much of the food as possible so it isn’t overwhelming when it comes to making the meals each day.

Salads make a great lunch meal or side dish for dinner. A salad can be quite nutritious and easy to make. While at the grocery store, grab the baby spinach or lettuce options that are already pre-washed. Make sure to buy salad topping such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, peas, beans, nuts, and dried or fresh fruit. Wash and cut as many toppings as you can, and combine them into small bags (excluding items such as cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) for an easy lunch. Make your own dressing (below is a recipe you can start with), and divide it into small condiment containers. When it comes time to eat, just throw some spinach or lettuce on your plate, add a bag of toppings, add extra toppings that are better not prepared ahead of time such as cheese, tomatoes, fresh fruit, etc, and add a small container of your homemade dressing. Then sit back and enjoy this healthy meal that only took a few minutes to prepare!

Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless cucumber, chopped into chunks
  • 4 Tbsp. sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (or a combination of the two) Note: Add more if you like a thicker dressing.
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 drop dill essential oil or 1 Tbsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Put everything in a blender, and blend until smooth. Add spices to taste, and blend for a few more seconds.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator, or serve immediately.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

The following are other healthy food ideas that incorporate essential oils:

We wish you a happy, healthy new year!