Overnight Oatmeal

I got the idea for this delicious breakfast dish from “Balancing In Heels” by Kristin Cavallari. I have made these overnight oatmeal jars before and used other fruit like blueberries, bananas and strawberries. I put them in the jar overnight with the oats and chia seeds, but made this one a bit different.

Here’s what I did:

  • 3/4 Cup Organic Whole Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbs Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Fuji Apple (diced)
  • Cinnamon

Put all ingredients, minus the apple and cinnamon in a small mason jar and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, transfer oatmeal into a bowl and mix the apple pieces with as much cinnamon as you like and use as your topping! Enjoy!

 

Gluten Free Granny Apple Crisp

This is probably THE best dessert ever. Anywhere you go, warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream melting perfectly on top is just so comforting and this gluten-free version is no exception!

Here’s what I did:

  • 3 Large Granny Smith Apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Gluten Free Flour (Trader Joe’s)
  • 3/4 Cup Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
  • Palm Shortening (to grease iron skillet)

Preheat oven to 375. Grease your skillet with some palm shortening and place the sliced apples. In a separate mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and pour evenly over apples.

Bake for 30 minutes and remove from heat. Scoop and serve with vanilla ice cream and ENJOY!!!

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Homemade Granola!!

Do you love cereals and granola but worry about the sugar content and other additives? Try this SUPER easy recipe and trust that you’re consuming delicious, natural ingredients without the preservatives or additives.

This granola was SO easy to make and probably the best I’ve ever had. I have enjoyed it for breakfast and as an after-dinner snack, both with unsweetened almond milk (you could also use regular milk or yogurt).

Here’s what I did (in approximation):

  • 2 Cups Organic, Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Grape Seed Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pumpkin seeds)
  • Sprinkle Cinnamon (to your liking)

I preheated oven to 300. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut oil, grape seed oil and honey. Mix together well, you want the oats to be completely coated but not drenched. Sprinkle a little cinnamon, add the mixed nuts and mix together once more.

Spread this mixture out on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees (mixing a couple times) for 20 minutes. Lower heat to 250 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes, mixing again in between (you don’t want the granola to burn or cook unevenly).

Remove from oven and pour the dried cranberries on top. Mix together and allow granola to cool completely before eating.

*Tip* You can use any nuts you want, bake them the same way I did. You can use any dried fruit you want, just add it at the end the way I did when the granola is out of the oven but still warm.

*Skin-care tip* Oats are great for many skin conditions! Ever heard of an oatmeal bath? Known to sooth and calm the skin, lower blood sugar levels and prevent heart disease, oats are good for the inside out! Healthy skin starts within!

Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

This is THE MOST moist and delicious paleo bread I’ve had yet! I made it on a whim and was absolutely amazed at how good it was…Here’s what I did:

  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 4 Tbs. Honey
  • 1 Cup Almond Meal
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Arrow Root
  • Palm Shortening to grease pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the bread/loaf pan with palm shortening.

In my food processor, I put the bananas, eggs, vanilla and honey and blended until smooth. I transferred the mixture into a medium-sized bowl and added all remaining ingredients and ,mixed well. I poured the batter into my loaf pan and baked for 45 minutes.

Remove, allow to cool slightly and slice. Enjoy warm with a cup of coffee:)

Mini Paleo Fig Muffins With Vanilla Frosting

These are THE YUMMIEST muffins ever!! I got the great idea from “Eat Drink Paleo”

I made a few modifications, but didn’t use their topping recipe at all. I wanted something creamy and less sweet, so I made the paleo frosting, which is SO good and makes these muffins a real treat for dessert or with a cup of coffee in the morning (I did both:)

MUFFINS:

  • Palm Shortening to grease the muffin tins
  • 1/2 Cup Water (to soften figs)
  • 6 ounces of dried figs (about 3/4 cup or 10-12 figs)
  • 1 1/2 Ripe Banana
  • 3 Tbs. Coconut Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 365. Grease your muffin tins with the palm shortening. Cut the little stems off of the figs and put them in a small pan with the water. Heat on medium until they begin to enlarge and soften while you prepare the rest of your ingredients (stir occasionally).

In your food processor, combine the eggs, bananas, coconut flour, vanilla and baking powder. Blend on high until completely smooth. Remove the figs from the heat, take them out of the water and add to the other mixture in the food processor. Pulse on high again a few times until the figs are blended evenly in the batter.

Pour the batter in 6 of the cupcake holders (I add water in the empty holders). Bake for 22 minutes and allow to cool.

FROSTING:

  • 1/2 Cup Palm Shortening
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbs. Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 Tbs. Coconut Flour
  • 1/8th tsp. Salt (I used pink Himalayan sea salt)
  • 2 Tbs. Melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp. Cashew Milk

In your mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the coconut oil and cashew milk. Blend on high speed until the batter becomes thick, like frosting. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the coconut oil and cashew milk until blended completely.

Once the muffins have cooled a little bit (you don’t want the frosting to melt off) lather your preferred amount of frosting on each.

If you want to get REAL crazy in the morning, enjoy these with a mimosa, minus the O.J.

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

I was craving chocolate chip cookies last night, but didn’t want to give in completely…especially because I had been drinking wine. I usually try to pick one: something sweet OR wine. If I have both, I feel kind of guilty….and bloated.

This is the same muffin recipe on a previous blog only I used dark chocolate for the chips:

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My Secret “Perfume”

When I go to work in my Spa room each day, I understand that fragrance and aroma are extremely important to people, whether they know it or not…

Your sense of smell is directly correlated to your sense of memory and emotion. Have you ever walked by someone in the grocery store and whatever perfume or cologne they were wearing stopped you in your tracks? It probably made you think of someone or maybe even made you scrunch your nose and wonder where you knew that from.

I walked into an old school and it was almost like I got hit by a bus. The smell reminded me SO much of my preschool, it was like being thrown back in time. How the hell did I know what my preschool smelled like from almost 30 years ago?? I guess I never forgot.

I’ve also smelled certain things that have made me happy, excited, sad and smells that make me want to crawl back into bed, or worse, smells that make me feel nauseous or agitated. The reason for all of this is in our brain anatomy, more specifically, our Olfactory Nerve. It is part of our nervous system that begins in our noses and travels to our brain.

The reason this is so important in what I do as an Esthetician is because I don’t want to have an artificial fragrance. I don’t want anything overpowering that would take people’s attention away from their service whether that be a relaxing facial or a Brazilian bikini wax. I want my clients to enjoy their experience with me and make their noses happy, even if they don’t know why:)

Here’s my tip/trick: I try to stick to subtle, calming, relaxing and even energizing aromas that people might get a slight hint of during their service with me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “what is that faint smell I smell? It’s really nice!!” Or when someone hugs me and asks what I’m wearing because it’s so subtle and welcoming. I try to use a body lotion with little to no aroma OR something with a natural scent and no added fragrance. I use natural, essential oils of all kinds and mix them into my body lotion and apply all over, especially on my arms, wrists, chest and neck. These are typically Lavender, Patchouli, Bergamot and Sweet Orange oils. I never mix more than one and I use a few drops in about a pump of the lotion. I’ll use Eucalyptus or Peppermint when I just can’t quite wake up for the day.

If you’re looking for a fresh, new scent or something inexpensive to play around with, I recommend this method! Maybe you’ll find out what makes you happy or sleepy, nostalgic or awakened. I get the majority of my essential oils from Whole Foods and try to stick to the oils that range anywhere from $5.99 to $12.99 per mini bottle. They’re highly concentrated, so you really only need a few drops.

Go smell yourself!