No Bake Flax Seed Energy Bites

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The best part of these Flax seed energy bites, was they were 100% made by kids. Oh, it is a glorious day when they can make their own food.
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl; form into 1" balls using hands. Arrange bites on baking sheet and freeze until set.

Spanish Rice Made Easy And Healthy

Anytime I see the ingredient "natural flavoring" I know to run the other way. I learned pretty early on in my life that certain ingredients in processed food would bring me migraines. All the flavored, boxed rice in the store would give me a migraine immediately. Any flavored chips or canned soups also would give me headaches. I am actually thankful, though, because it forced me to learn which ingredients were the culprit and I learned how to cook things from scratch.

This is my favorite Spanish rice recipe. It is super easy, quick and full of good ingredients. My homemade chicken stock is one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate with other meals. It is so versatile, cheap and full of healthy nutrients that you can't get with store bought chicken broth. It's great to support bone health, teeth health, gut health and our immune systems. Which is so important during the winter season. Even picky kids love this rice. It's a great way to get bone broth into my kids, who don't always like to eat soup.

Make sure a read my tutorial on how to make Homemade Chicken Stock before you make the Spanish rice. I promise it makes a HUGE difference in flavor. For rinsing my rice, I use a measuring cup with a lid to strain the water out, like this one.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Not to brag... BUT.... my pizza dough is the bomb diggity. Haha. (at least according to my 4 kids). We've been making pizza dough for years and this recipe is our favorite.  I don't remember how exactly this one came to be, a mish-mash of a few recipes I found, I'm sure. Which, pretty much sums up how all my recipes come to be.

We make pizza every Friday night, as a family tradition. Even though, I don't always eat pizza myself, see my Zuchinni pizza alternative here. The kids love to help me make the dough and put the toppings on. If they learn to cook anything from me, they will know how to make their own pizza dough. Ha!

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Homemade Pizza Dough:

Ingredients:

Optional Toppings:

yields: 2 large pizza doughs

Directions:

  1. Add 2 tsp yeast and 1 Tbsp sugar to 2 cups warm water and stir.

  2. In a separate large bowl add flour and salt, then mix together.

  3. Allow yeast to rest until it has started to bubble a bit, then pour into flour mixture.

  4. Knead dough until it forms a round ball. Add more flour if too sticky.

  5. Pour olive oil over dough ball to coat the outside. This gives it lots of flavor and helps the crust to get that golden brown.

  6. Cover and let dough rise for at least 30-minutes. Longer is great. I’ve seen some suggestions to allow several days of rest in the fridge.

  7. Divide dough into two pieces. Roll out dough into a large circle. Precook dough at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. This allows the dough to get all bubbly. If you have a pizza stone, you can skip this step.

  8. Remove pizza dough from oven and add your sauce and toppings. Put back in the oven again for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven when cheese and crust is golden brown.  Slice and enjoy!

Super simple, and super delicious!

Check out my video tutorial of this on my Periscope. ***Correction*** In the video I say that we buy Archer Farms pepperoni. The correct brand is Applegate NOT Archer Farms.

Do you make your own pizza? Do you have a family night each week?

Peppermint Brownies! Yum!

Ooh La La! Who knew that peppermint brownies would be so good. I'm a huge brownie fan, so I was pretty doubtful that anything could make them better, other than more chocolate or caramel. Just one drop of peppermint essential oil and these taste so heavenly.

Did you know Peppermint essential oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort?

This recipe has no artificial flavors, colors, or synthetic fillers, this is all natural, and super yummy.  I used the dark chocolate chips from Sprouts with 68% Cacoa and it made a huge difference in taste. I received rave reviews from my party.

Ingredients

1/2 cup minus 1 Tbs. coconut flour ( coconut flour)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life chips)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. butter, melted
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract, optional


Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a glass baking dish (8x8 or 9x9).
Mix together all ingredients. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting or removing from the pan. These store well at room temperature or in the fridge for a few days. Make sure you keep them in an airtight container.

Homemade Sports Electrolyte Drink

I found this amazing recipe over at DontMessWithMama.com. She goes into much more detail as to what makes up the components of a true electrolyte drink and why it is so good for when you are dehydrated. Add in some essential oils and this is a power house drink.

Another powerhouse for energy when you are an athlete is Young Living's Ningxia Red super anti-oxidant drink or Ningxia Nitro. Both of those are super full of wonderful ingredients that support the body and promote energy. 

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Electrolyte Drink

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 cups of water (filtered or purified) or coconut water
  • 2 tbsp organic raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt

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