Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble Topping (GF-DF-RSF)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble Topping….what more could you want on a THURSDAY!?

Just look at that name and those slices. I had 3 almost rotten bananas that I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing away, so this banana bread was just waiting to be born! I was inspired by THIS recipe but had to jazz it up and make my own spin of it.

This is dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. You could make it vegan by doing a flax egg instead of the chicken eggs. But it is dense, moist, and so delicious COLD or WARM. Whatever you prefer-or maybe try both! Keep in the fridge when you’re done because it will spoil QUICKLY.

Let’s get to it!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble Topping
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)

Ingredients
3 medium/large ripe all black bananas
1/2 cup nut butter (almond, sunflower, peanut, cashew, etc)
3 pasture-raised eggs
3 tbls honey
1 tbls melted coconut oil
Splash of vanilla extract
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tsp of baking powder
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1/2 bag of df chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tbls coconut flour
2 tsp of cinnamon
4 tbls of grass fed butter, ghee or coconut oil COLD!!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a loaf pan with coconut oil.
Mix the first 6 ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.
Add the next 6 ingredients to the wet ingredients you just mixed together and mix again until well combined.
Fold in your chocolate chips.
Pour your banana bread mixture into the loaf pan.
Now you are going to make the cinnamon crumble topping.
Take the next 3 ingredients and mix to combine. Now take your COLD butter, coconut oil, or ghee and mix into the cinnamon mixture with your hand until it resembles lumpy wet sand.
Pour this on top of your uncooked banana bread in the loaf pan.
Now pop in your oven for 25-35 minutes or until the center comes out clean when you insert a toothpick.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes or it will fall apart. Then slice about 1 inch thick and ENJOY!

What I love about this recipe is that there is no processed or refined grains that will spike your blood sugar. Coconut flour is a high fat low carb flour that actually is high in protein-so this makes a great addition to your breakfast or snack! Coconut flour is also full of fiber which keeps your detoxification pathways open and clean. Obviously since we used no refined sugar too, you won’t have that sugar crash after eating a slice!

-Kasey

Fudgey Sheet Pan Brownies

This all started because mama got a craving for CHOCOLATE. And by mama I mean me. And my chocolate I mean like real, dark, CACAO rich in magnesium and antioxidants…what I’m trying to say here is chocolate is pretty much a vegetable which is pretty much a salad so….eat chocolate 😉

But for real, I am a salty girl. Give me a bag of chips, some raw cheese and sourdough crackers, pretzels and dip and I am a happy camper. If I indulge it’s with salty foods. Always. But every once in a blue moon, I really crave the deep, dark, cacao flavor, so after a long day enjoying our ONE day of 85 degree spring weather, I went into the kitchen and whipped these up. Literally.

They are everything I craved and now I have a giant stash in my freezer for when that craving hits again. Or if I need to bring a dessert to a church or friend functions; done.

I hope you enjoy these too. As always they are gluten free and refined sugar free. I DID use grass-fed butter in these BUT I’m sure you could make these dairy free by omitting the butter and using ghee or coconut oil or even a vegan butter.

Fudgey Sheet Pan Brownies
(Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar Free)

Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cup of cacao
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp old coffee leftover from the morning
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 sticks grass-fed butter
2 cups of coconut sugar
1 1/2 cup of Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 flour
2 cups of dairy free chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix the 4 eggs on medium speed with the cacao, salt, baking powder, baking soda, coffee, and vanilla for about 1 minute.
In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat melt your butter (pour just a tsp onto your baking sheet and take a paper towel and smear it around so it’s greased).
When the butter is melted, add your sugar and whisk until dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Add your butter/sugar mixture in to your batter mixture and over medium speed mix until smooth.
Add in the flour and mix on low speed until smooth and then add in your chocolate chips and mix again until incorporated.
Pour the batter on to the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Let cool and cut into squares and enjoy a few while it’s hot.
Store in an airtight container or freezer! MMM, cold brownies, my fav!

I just wanted to highlight some amazing benefits of cacao and the reason you should incorporate it into your diet often!
Cacao is where the cocoa bean or chocolate comes from. It is in it’s purest, raw form, keeping all of the amazing properties and nutrients in tact and bioavailable for your body to use. Cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium in the world, along with 40 times more powerful in antioxidants than blueberries! It also has more calcium than cows milk! It really is a powerful plant and deserves a regular rotation in your diet.

-Kasey

 

 

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

That’s a long name “Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup” but you guys, it’s worthy of an extra long name because of how amazing it tastes!

I always crave tomato soup and grilled cheese when the weather starts to transition from winter to spring. I know technically a tomato is a summer fruit but in reality the warmth and freshness of tomato soup combined with a good grilled cheese (we use either gluten free bread or an organic fermented sourdough bread with raw cheese or a dairy free cheese or both!) just really hits the spot. Especially when the long almost spring days are dreary and rainy!

Obviously this has roasted red peppers in it. In reality, you could make this without the roasted red peppers to make it DIGESTIVE RESET approved (also eliminate the garlic) but if you’re not doing the Digestive Reset go ahead and add them. Sure, it’s one extra step but it’s WELL WORTH IT!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

Ingredients
1 tablespoon of avocado oil or ghee or a mixture
2 large carrots unpeeled and roughly chopped
1 large red pepper and 1 orange pepper roasted (put under broiler for 5-8 minutes or until bubbly, soft and starting to charr)
3 cloves of chopped garlic
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 carton of veggie broth
1/2 can of full fat coconut milk with the cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Add your oil to a stock pot on medium high heat.
Once the oil is hot, add your carrots and let cook for 7-8 minutes,
Add the garlic and whole peppers and let cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add in your stewed tomatoes and veggie broth and bring to a boil.
Once the mixture is boiling, turn down to a simmer and put a lid on, let simmer for at least 30 minutes but preferably 4-6 hours. (The longer the better)
Stir occasionally.
After your soup mixture has cooked through and you have let it simmer for the desired amount of time, bring to your high powdered blender like a Vitamix, and blend until smooth with zero chunks.
Return to stock pot and add in your coconut milk and salt and pepper.
Let simmer for just a few more minutes until fully combined and the coconut milk is mixed in and warmed throughout.
DONE! How easy!

This soup is loaded with veggies and nutrient dense ingredients making it perfect for any diet or way of eating you do! Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which supports heart health and reduces systemic inflammation. Carrots and peppers are a great source of vitamin c and other micronutrients we need. Remember, you should aim for 10 cups of veggies and fruit a day! This soup definitely helps you meet that goal and is even better the next day heated up or even eaten cold!

-Kasey

Crispy Coconut Cookies

Easter is right around the corner and spring is too! I am so excited for the change of seasons. Every season is such a renewal of hope and promise. The freshness of spring and new growth mimics our lives and seasons within it too!

Side note: my blogging has slacked lately and I apologize for that. I have every desire to blog more and my goal is 3 times a week but my goodness, running a client based business out of my home office and online is not for the faint of heart. There are multiple layers to that business alone that blogging has been on the back burner while I get into a new daily rhythm of seeing clients, homeschooling, and volunteering at our church. Thankfully, so many of you are current clients of mine and we communicate on a frequent basis so my knowledge and expertise is being put to good use outside of the blogging world. Thank you for your grace while I learn to balance it all! 🙂

On to the cookies! These cookies are DIGESTIVE RESET approved and even my picky husband downed 4 the first night and I see him sneaking them every day since I made them. He loved them! We both agreed that they tasted almost fried because of how crispy and loaded with good fats they are. But alas, they are healthy and baked!

I adapted this recipe from The Toasted Pine Nut (which is another great food blog if you haven’t checked her out yet!) and they were SO easy and delicious. Two things I look for when making a recipe!

Crispy Coconut Cookies
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

Ingredients
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 CUP gluten free 1 to 1 flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 CUP maple syrup
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together shredded coconut, gluten free flour and sea salt.
Add in the coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix everything together until it’s combined.
Take a tablespoon and drop onto a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the inside is chewy and the outside is crispy.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
At this point you can top them with melted chocolate or caramel or both! For Easter it would be cute topped with some mini organic jelly beans!

This recipe is so nutrient dense and has zero processed sugars! You definitely don’t have to feel bad eating one or two of these after dinner 😉

-Kasey

Easy Gluten-Free Granola

I have noticed throughout these cold, winter months that I cook, bake, and crave oats often.  Oats usually are used in a warming dish, which makes sense why I want to consume them during the colder season. They also are heavier and denser, providing a good nutrition load for breakfast, treats, or snacks!

We also try and consume more probiotic rich, fermented foods in the winter to keep our digestive system healthy and keep unwanted sicknesses at bay. A good yogurt in the morning with some refined-sugar free, gluten-free granola really hits the spot.  I like to load my granola up with nuts and seeds for healthy doses of fats and protein to keep you fuller longer and keep the brain and blood sugar happy!

When you are eating yogurt you want to look for a few things:
1. More often than not choose a dairy-free yogurt made from almonds or coconuts. I am a huge fan of COYO and Kite Hill brands.
2. When you do choose dairy yogurt, choose KEFIR instead. Kefir is a totally fermentable, probiotic-rich yogurt that is actually 99% lactose free because of how it is fermented. Always choose organic too to be sure you are not consuming any chemicals, pesticides, GMOs, or hormones.

Keep in mind this is a BASE recipe, meaning you can add to it as much or as little as you like! I’m thinking coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax meal, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc would be great and healthy additions!

Easy Gluten-Free Granola
(Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Refined sugar-free, Vegan)

ingredients
3 cups of gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup water
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Directions
-Preheat oven to 250 degrees
-Combine oats and nuts in a bowl
-Combine all other ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until it makes a syrup like liquid
-Evenly coat the oat mixture with the syrup mixture in the bowl
-Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
-Put in oven and bake for 40 minutes, rotating the pan and stirring every 10-15 minutes
-Granola is done when crunchy and caramelized

Coconut sugar: Coconut sugar is a great “refined sugar” alternative. It doesn’t have a coconut flavor, although it isn’t as sweet as regular sugar so adjust your recipes accordingly. But what it does offer is a super high mineral index and also inulin, which is a starchy prebiotic fiber making blood sugars stable when consuming moderately instead of spiking it like white sugar does. We need to consume prebiotic fiber in order for our probiotics to work-so here’s your permission to eat this granola! 🙂

Oats: Oats are super high in fiber which which help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the blood stream. Unique antioxidant properties make them great for helping to remove free radical damage which ultimately can cause cancer and other diseases. They can help keep the immune system up, prevent heart issues, and stabilize blood sugar. They are a great addition to any diet!

Let me know if you make my easy granola and what additions you added to customize it to a flavor you love!

 

 

Easy Oat Waffles

I’m probably late to the waffle game, but I finally got an awesome waffle maker for Christmas! I had been wanting one for 10 years (or since I became a wife and mom), but finding one that was not made from yucky non-stick, PFO and PTFE, etc, was challenging. Thankfully, the market in all things really is turning towards clean, healthy products, I was able to find this one! Plus, it’s only $20!

Straight from their description it says, “This one is designed with a unique and innovative DuraCeramic non-stick coating that last 4x longer than standard non-stick coatings and won’t flake or peel.  The safe, natural ceramic coating is PFOA and PTFE free, so you can cook foods without worry. ”

My kind of product!

Now on to the star of the show…

Easy Oat Waffles
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Ingredients
3 cups of oat flour (just take gluten-free oats and grind into a flour with a food processor)
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Pinch of cinnamon
1.5 cups of room temperature DF milk
1/2 cup of melted ghee or coconut oil
4 large eggs
4 tbs pure maple syrup or coconut sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Directions
-In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ing: oat flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
-In another bowl, whisk together wet ing: milk, melted coconut oil, eggs, sugar or syrup, and vanilla.
-Pour the wet ing into the dry ing and stir until just combined.
-Let the batter rest for 10 minutes so the oat flour can absorb all of the moisture.
-Get your waffle iron heating up.
-Now pour your batter (you’ll have to judge how much based on the size of your waffle maker) into the waffle iron and cook until all the batter is used up!
-Can freeze laying flat and pop in the toaster on those busy mornings!

These are so yummy, fluffy, nutrient dense, and heavy. Top with some almond butter, coconut and pure maple syrup and you’re out the door feeling satisfied and loaded with nutrients your body needs to keep it’s energy up throughout the morning!

-Kasey

New Year and French Lentil Stew

Happy New Year!

What a wonderful year 2017 was, as I started my blog/website in February of 2017.  And then just a few short months later in September I opened up my home office and online appointments for health and wellness clients. It’s been a whirlwind of starting a business and all of what that entails, along with homeschooling my 2 growing boys, making sure my husband’s business Axel Co runs smoothly and trying to be the best wife, mom, sister, friend, and person I can be. It’s been a successful, increasing, NEW starts kind-of-year, but wonderful none-the-less.

I did my 30 Day Digestive Reset for the month of December and then indulged in my families home-cooked amazing rich meals the last week of the year. Now it’s back to my mostly plant-based lifestyle, although I am considering doing another 30 days of my Digestive Reset because of how much success I saw the first 30 days of doing it!

One of my favorite healthy, warming stews is using lentils. Lentils are high in iron, protein, zinc, and other amazing nutrients. When you are mostly plant based, eating foods rich in a plethora of nutrients is essential and lentils are a great way to get those in!

This French Lentil Stew is so creamy and savory. I love to make a big batch and eat it for lunch throughout the week. And I think every day it’s leftover, it tastes even better; which is the case for most stews and soups.

French Lentil Stew
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

1/2 cup raw soaked cashews (just soak the cashews in some filtered water for a few hours and then drain)
2 cups of water
2 tbs avocado or coconut oil
1 large onion roughly chopped
4 large cloves of garlic
1 tsp of sea salt
1/2 bag baby carrots or 4 large carrots chopped
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp tyhyme
2 tsp turmeric
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes or a carton of cherry tomatoes diced
1 cup lentils (any color) picked, soaked (overnight in filtered water and tbs acv), drained, and rinsed
4 cups of veggie broth
half head of rough torn kale de-stemmed
fresh pepper
-Blend your cashews and 1 cup of filtered water until creamy. Set aside.
-In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat, Stir in the onion, garlic and some salt and saute until the onion is soft. Around 5 minutes.
-Stir in the carrots and cook another minute.
-Stir in the cumin, thyme and turmeric and let cook another minute.
-Add the tomatoes, lentil, broth, and last cup of water. Increase the heat to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes or until carrots and lentils are tender.
-Stir in the cashew cream and kale. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Cook for just a few minutes until the kale is wilted.
-Serve!

I hope you enjoy the French Lentil Stew and that it warms your bellies this cold, winter season! 🙂 It looks like a lot of steps, but it really is simple and keeps for a four days in the fridge tightly sealed!

-Kasey

 

Holiday Makeup: Using Only All Natural Products

Okay hear me out: I DO NOT claim to be a beauty blogger. Not even close! I’m just a 31 year-old mom of 2 boys, Naturopathic Consultant, and passionate about using products that are as close to nature and natural as possible. So in my attempt to show those products to you, I took a few photos so you could see that it is possible to create a beautiful, holiday inspired look using natural products!

There is no filter on this picture, so you can see how the makeup lays, the vibrancy of the colors and my imperfections, ha! I was going for a bold, holiday look with a few subtle sparkles.

I am going to show you pictures step-by-step with the exact products I use but all of them but ONE is from Physicians Formula. It is my favorite, inexpensive brand of natural makeup and I love that you can find it anywhere!

First I started with my Nude Wear Foundation as the base on my skin, and then Concealer, and lastly the Mineral Wear Powder.

Next up I use the Airbrushing Bronzer on my cheekbones where you’d do a contour and then I put just a touch of the Blushing Berry Blush on my cheeks.

For my eyelids and eyebrows I use these new products that are so festive! I used the Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Pencil in black and gold around my eyes just under the waterline. On my lids I used Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Gel in Silver. I the darkest in my crease, the medium one on the outside corners, and the lightest on the inside corners of my lids and also in the very corner on the outside. For my eyebrows I use this 4 in 1 Brown Brow Boosting Kit just filling them in and shaping them to be bold and full.

BEST THING EVER is the mascara- let me tell you!!! This mascara is ALL THE GOOOOOODNESS. You don’t need lash extensions or fake lashes when you use this. Also side note here, if you are using products that claim to make your lashes grow: BEWARE! Stay far away (unless it is castor oil, and then you are okay). Here’s a little tidbit for you: products like Rodan and Fields lash growth and others that are similar actually use a product/chemical that causes inflammation of the eyelid and glands under the skin. These glands are responsible for certain secretions which help our eyes stay moist, clean, and is a natural anti-inflammatory. When the chemical in these lash boosting products is continually put on those glands and skin, it can cause permanent and non-reversable reactions like dry eyes, decrease in collagen (hello all these ladies in 20 years with droopy eye-lids!), and more.  Listen, if your nutrition internally is good, you’ll have long, thick beautiful lashes. There is ZERO need to use harsh chemicals that do damage to your eyes and eyelids. ZERO. So i’ll stick to my healthy foods, castor oil on my eyelashes and some good organic mascara, thank you.

Back to the mascara. This product is GREAT! You use the Lash-Boosting Mascara on the top lid and then immediately while it’s wet you use the “extension” mascara that comes with it. It creates beautiful, natural lashes. I use this mascara on the bottom lashes.

Lastly, to finish off the look I used this Au Natural Lipgloss in Red Cross Red. It is the perfect shade of red and can be layered for the amount of boldness you like. I love that it has a tiny bit of shimmer in it too without being obnoxious.

There ya have it. I have been using Physicians Formula products for over 3 years now and really love them all. I haven’t found a bad product of theres yet!

You can get 50% off your first order by clicking here.

So get ya some, wrap it up and put it under the tree for yourself…at least, that’s what I did! 🙂

-Kasey

How to Stay Healthy This Winter

The word “doctor” comes from the Latin word “docere” meaning “to teach.” Naturopaths and holistic consultants teach natural ways to enhance health, promote optimal wellness and encourage longevity. The Naturopathic approach is holistic and focuses on maintaining wellness, with an emphasis on disease prevention.

Being sick every winter season or “flu” season is not a sentence you have to partake in. As of winter 2017, myself, husband and 2 boys (ages 6 and 9) have not been to the “doctor” since 2011. We also have only gotten sick less than a handful of times and never for more than 24 hours. My 2 boys have never had the flu or strep throat. We are walking testimonies to what living a healthy lifestyle can accomplish! PLUS, I’ve got some awesome tricks up my sleeve that may just help you too!

~For my Bible-believing readers~
First I love to remember this scripture:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 CORINTHIANS 6: 19-20.  When we honor our bodies by fueling it and living the way God intended, we are setting ourself up health! God honors our effort! In Jeremiah 33:6 it also says: “Behold, I will bring health and healing to My people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and prosperity.”  God’s desire is for you to walk in health and wholeness. Just because a commercial says it’s flu season and we have to take a flu shot, doesn’t mean that’s really how we are supposed to live: in fear and more fear. Our mindset has a lot to do with our reality; and science now proves what the Bible has said for 2,000 years! Believe what the Bible says and its Truths over what a commercial or the CDC says. You are made to be in HEALTH and He has given us all the tips and tools to do just that!

 

Onwards….

7 Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

1.  8 hours of sleep! Did you know that for every hour you are asleep before midnight, its like you slept 4 hours?! Going to sleep shortly after the sun goes down and rising when the sun comes up is how our bodies were created to flow. We have what is called a circadian rhythm which is our bodies internal clock. It helps to produce things like melatonin to make us sleepy or cortisol to wake us up. If we are not sleeping the correct hours and long enough, we are setting ourselves up for sickness. When we don’t get enough sleep at the right times our adrenals start working harder and become under more stress. When this happens our adrenals start to use more nutrients that our bodies need and it starts stealing it from other body systems like our hormones and thyroid. This in turn causes those systems to start declining and we find ourselves in a giant circle of symptoms and health problems. Sleep is hands down the number 1 thing you can do during the winter (and ALL) months to help your body heal and maintain health. Create a bedtime routine, just like you do for your kids, to remind your body its time for bed. My nighttime routine looks like this:
Pjs and magnesium lotion
Wash face
Warm herbal tea
Small snack
Brush teeth
Browse or read on my phone with my the blue light blocker on (you can also get blue blocking glasses here)
And lay in bed with all lights off. I do NOT get into bed until its bedtime. My body knows, bed=sleep.

Your routine can look different but find something and do it every night. Just that alone will help you sleep easier, faster, and longer.

2. So we’ve already established that gut health is pretty important. And the best thing you can do on your own (although anytime you choose to use supplements, having the guidance of a qualified individual like a naturopath is so important), is to use a probiotic. I believe almost everyone should be taking one, simply due to our modern, toxic world we live in. You can find some of my favorites here.

3. Next up is Vitamin C. You probably have heard of immunity boosting vitamin C supplements like Emergen-C and others. Let me tell you, that those are not good. They are synthetic vitamins loaded with other ingredients you don’t want to consume. They have zero benefit and are a waste of money! When we talk about vitamin C, we are talking about a whole foods based supplement. Or better yet, consume a lot of fruit if fruit doesn’t bother you! Fruit and vegetables are loaded with nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy throughout the dark, winter months. The next best thing is a food based vitamin C. This provides your body with nutrients it needs along with providing a natural way to help keep your cells detoxed and clean from unwanted viruses and bacteria.

4. Magnesium is something you have probably heard of but you likely don’t realize the importance of it in your everyday life. Magnesium is responsible for literally every function in your body, especially your muscles like your heart and your nervous system like your brain. Without adequate amounts of magnesium in your diet you are going to start seeing some major problems. You could see things like heart problems, muscle spasms and craps, anxiety and depression, adrenal insufficiency, high blood pressure, hormones problems, pregnancy problems, sleep problems, low energy, bone health, and other nutrient deficiencies. Magnesium is needed to actually get the NUTRIENTS IN your bones and teeth! Needless to say, magnesium is huge and the preferred method is to use it topically. You can do gel, oil and/or magnesium-preferably ALL of the topical methods is best! Magnesium is essential for staying healthy in the winter and to ensure the nutrients you consume actually make it to your cells and ultimately your immune system.

5. Let’s not forget your skin health! Remember that whatever you put ON your skin, you want it to be able to go IN your body. Your skin is your largest organ and it quickly and rapidly absorbs whatever goes on it. One of my favorite products to use on my face and all over skin is Avocado Oil. This is loaded with antioxidants and helps nourish dry skin. It is inexpensive and easily absorbs without leaving a residue. Perfect for children’s skins too!

6. One of my most favorite natural medicines to keep in my “medicine cabinet” is Oreganol. In fact, it is so important and helpful that I did an entire post about it here. Here’s just a little bit of info though. When you truly have a virus, bacterial infection, fungal infection, or even sepsis, this oil is what you need. Which just proves AGAIN how amazing our God is and that He has provided all we need to function in wholeness with the plants, food, and the nature He gives us!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor and this isn’t meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness. I am, however, a Certified Natural Health and Wellness Consultant, have my Bachelors in Health Science and in school for my Naturopathic Doctorate and I speak also from years of experience. I only SHARE to CARE not SHARE to persuade. 🙂

ANOTHER DISCLAIMER: This oil is DIFFERENT than Oregano Oil! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT use oregano oil internally. Oreganol, or oil of oregano, which is what I am talking about from here on out, has already been properly diluted and extracted in a way that makes it safe for internal consumption. Again though, use at your discretion. 

Adults take 2 drops under the tongue, 2x daily for 7-10 days.
Kids 2 and older take half of that amount.

7. Last but not least, my Everyday Green Smoothie.  You can read all about it in the link up there, but here are some benefits of it!
Spinach: Spinach is rich in water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and a wide variety of phytonutrients.  It’s high in folate and rich in chlorophyll which gives the spinach it’s beautiful green color.  It’s also abundant in magnesium and iron making it a great source of plant protein. It can have anti-inflammatory properties for the whole body! A true superfood!

Celery: Celery doesn’t get a lot of fame but it should! It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, specifically related to the digestive tract.  In addition to well-known antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids, scientists have now identified at least a dozen other types of antioxidant nutrients in celery.  It has been proven to reduce oxidative stress which we know can lead to heart disease and cancer. Eat more celery!

Banana: Bananas are known for their high potassium content but even more than potassium they hold a high amount of vitamin B6, which is crucial for your nervous system and metal health.  Because of the high potassium content bananas can help maintain blood pressure and proper heart function. Even though bananas tastes sweet, their load of fiber compared to their sugar content helps your body not get overwhelmed by the sugar hitting your blood thus reducing the effects of any sugar crashes. Huh, imagine that?! Whoever said fruit was the enemy, shouldn’t pretend to be God. Pretty sure He knew what He was up too when He created the most perfect food for our bodies to digest!

Of course one of the best things you can do, naturally, is consume a whole foods based diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, organically raised grass fed meats and animal products, good fats like coconut and avocado oil, nuts and seeds and ALL of God made foods! 

If you are needing help to jumpstart the New Year of health, I’d love to help you out! Please click here, to fill our a New Client Intake Form so we can connect!

Many Blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season~

Kasey

Healthy No-Bake Cookies

It’s that time of year where we all want sweets! They are warm, comforting, and help us get through those stressful Holiday parties. Of course, true to Dose Wellness, we have some satisfying yet healthy treats up our sleeves. If you go back through the blog, you will find so many healthy desserts that use no processed sugar and are great to bring to your parties and holiday functions.

Here are a few we love:
Chocolate Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Sticks

Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies

The Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies are even Digestive Reset approved, and of course these No-Bake Cookies are as well!

With that said, if you haven’t entertained the idea of purchasing my Digestive Reset E-Guide yet, you are missing out! The Digestive Reset is a 3 part guide emailed straight to your inbox via a PDF format. It is simple, easy to follow, and is complete with The WHY, The PLAN, and The MENU. In the Why we talk a little about the science behind the plan and what our goal is with each supplement and food suggestions working together synergistically to kill off any unwanted bacteria overgrowth in our digestive system. What most don’t realize is that we ALL likely have SOME sort of digestive upset due to our modernized, toxic world we live in. It’s good to do a RESET a few times a year to really help your digestive system and ultimately your health in peak shape! In the PLAN we talk all about how and what to do for 30 days. There are supplement suggestions, as well as, diet suggestions; all with links to make it easy for you to purchase and navigate any suggestions. In the MENU there is a 30 day menu (15 unique days repeated) that is specifically designed to give you the maximum amount of nutrients within the food guidelines; all working together to give your digestion the love it needs!

One last thing to note, did you know that when your digestive system is wonky, ultimately your mind won’t function properly (which can cause things like anxiety and depression), your hormones will be disrupted, your immune system down, and your metabolism wrecked?! Science suggests that all disease starts in the gut and we are finding that to be true in the naturopathic and holistic world!

Now on to the cookies….

Healthy No-Bake Cookies
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No Processed Sugar, SIBO/Candida Friendly, Low-FodMAP, Vegan)

Ingredients
1 cup raw almond butter (no other ingredients but almonds)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup pure organic maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup 100% cacao chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups of quick cooking oats
Other: you can add in things like coconut, chopped nuts, marshmallows, chia seeds, etc. if you desire.
Directions
In a medium saucepan, melt the almond butter and coconut oil over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
Turn the heat to low and add in your syrup and vanilla, stir until combined.
Turn the burner off and stir in the chocolate chips until melted.
Add in the oats and mix all together until combined.
Drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and stick in fridge for about an hour or until hard and cool.
Store cookies in a closed container in the fridge for up to a week. Makes 24 cookies.

Thats it! So easy, no baking and perfect to snack on during the Digestive Reset or anytime!

Cacao: Cacao is where the cocoa bean or chocolate comes from. It is in it’s purest, raw form, keeping all of the amazing properties and nutrients in tact and bioavailable for your body to use. Cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium in the world, along with 40 times more powerful in antioxidants than blueberries! It also has more calcium than cows milk! It really is a powerful plant and deserves a regular rotation in your diet.

Oats: Oats are super high in fiber which which help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the blood stream. Unique antioxidant properties make them great for helping to remove free radical damage which ultimately can cause cancer and other diseases. They can help keep the immune system up, prevent heart issues, and stabilize blood sugar. They are a great addition to any diet!

Enjoy!
Kasey