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Homemade Gummy Vitamins!

Yes! You CAN make your own vitamins! Cheap, easy & fun! PLUS, this recipe is picky-eater approved ūüėČ

My experimentation with this recipe started after my wallet decided it couldn't afford JuicePlus Vitamins anymore…or any whole food vitamin for that matter…they are just so expensive! My little picky eaters LOVE gummy anything so I decided there had to be a way to pack all those good fruits and vegetables into a gummy form that wouldn't break the bank.

Enter GELATIN.

Yes! Kosher Beef Gelatin! Did you know that you can turn any amazing beverage into gummy form with a little gelatin powder?? PLUS, gelatin is AMAZING for your body! It's loaded with amino acids and is great for your hair, gut, skin, nails, joints, and more! You can learn more about the powers of gelatin by visiting http://www.thrive-style.com and typing in the search box "Gelatin's Superpowers" and then watching Lisa's video.

Anyways, back to vitamins.

Now that we know we can turn any liquid into a jelly substance using the amazing and healthy gelatin powder, we need to choose one. Choose a good quality, preferably organic, whole food powder. You can find these on Amazon. They are sold as powders you would add to juice or smoothies and drink daily to help get more fruits & vegetables in your body. Try to choose a red superfood powder loaded with berries and veggies. I don't choose ones with any grasses because those can sometimes be hard on the digestive system…and these are going to be eaten by my kids too.

So now you have your 2 main ingredients: A red superfood powder (I've used both Terra Kai Organic Juce and 365 Superfood Reds so far), and gelatin (I use Great Lakes Kosher Beef Gelatin, also found on Amazon). ..If you can't tell by now, Amazon.com has A LOT of my money.. And these may seem like expensive purchases up front but they will last a long time and make MANY batches of gummy vitamins.

The only things left are water to mix with the superfood powder (preferably distilled), a sweetener (I like maple syrup or Agave), and essential oils! The citrus essential oils add great flavor to the mix and even give your gummy vitamins a little immunity boost! So far my favorite for the Vitamins is Grapefruit EO. The best thing about Grapefruit essential oil is that its not sour, just flavorful and smells amazing! Young Living is the only company that makes a vitality line approved by the FDA for consumption. Please do not consume other brands of essential oils. You can purchase YL Grapefruit Essential Oil here.

Time to put our ingredients together so grab a small pot!

1 Cup water
2-3 Scoops red superfood powder
1/4 Cup Gelatin
1 T. Maple syrup
10 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

Put a small pot on stove and add 1 cup of water, 2-3 scoops of your superfood powder (depends how concentrated you want the Vitamins to be and how many you plan on eating everyday). Whisk it together and bring to a boil. Then gradually add 1/4 of gelatin. Be sure to add slowly and stir as you add to avoid clumps. Remove from heat and add 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (can add more or less to taste) and 10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil. Pour into a tray or cute silicone molds (For some reason, the kids think the teddy bear shaped molds taste better but I like the hearts). Put the filled molds in the fridge or freezer to set. In the freezer, they should be done relatively quickly…10-15 minutes. Once fully set, pop them out of the molds or cut them into shapes and throw them in a container. I like to store them in the fridge but its not necessary. These will keep for about 1 week. I let my little kids eat 5 or 6 everyday but they would be fine to consume more since the powder is made up of dried vegetables and fruits and not man made vitamins. My husband and I eat around 10 each day. Keep in mind it also depends on the size of your molds too.

Feel free to contact me or leave comments if you have any questions! I'd love to hear your success stories with this recipe as well! Enjoy living the oily life!

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Power Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee (for amazing skin and sexy muscles)

Hot summers call for amazing iced coffee!  ..At least when you live in New England!  But this coffee is more than just amazing, its everything your body needs in one iced cold delicious drink!

You’ve probably heard of “bullet proof” coffee by now. ¬†All “bullet proof” really means is that powerful fats and other nutrients our bodies need were added to your morning cup of joe. ¬†This Peppermint Mocha Iced Coffee Recipe is the same idea only I didn’t add grass fed butter or coconut oil because its ICED… that means the coconut oil or butter would be chunky rather than melted…eeww.

So anyways, lets talk about ingredients.

First, you’ll want to brew a cup of coffee. 8-10oz cup is good. ¬†I like to use a dark roast usually so that when my ice cubes start to melt, my coffee doesn’t seem to get watery as fast, but any coffee is good. ¬†Next you will need milk. ¬†I usually use a little organic half & half and a little 1% milk. ¬†If you don’t want to use dairy, vanilla almond milk or coconut milk are great alternatitives! ¬†For a sweetener, I LOVE agave. ¬†It’s a low-glycemic sweetener and is therefore better for your body than regular sugar. ¬†You could also try a little maple syrup or stevia too. ¬†Feel free to leave out both the milk and sweetener if you like your coffee black!

That part was basically about making a regular coffee.  Now for the POWER part!  You will need 1. A good collagen powder and 2. A good protein powder.

Collagen is great for our joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, skin and muscles! ¬†As we age, our bodies need more collagen to stay strong, flexible and hydrated… No one wants to be dried up and wrinkly! ¬†I use Neocell Super Collagen but Great Lakes makes a good one too. ¬†From personal experience, I’ve noticed I need to consume a scoop of collagen every day in order to see results. ¬†The collagen needs to build up in your system before you start seeing skin improvements and lean muscle. ¬†It also seems to help my muscles be much less sore after a big workout day. ¬† One scoop of collagen everyday does great things for your body!

Protein Powder will help the collagen build your muscles. ¬†The more lean muscle you have, the faster your body burns fat! ¬†But its important to pick a high quality protein with no fillers. ¬†My favorite protein in the world is Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete. ¬†I use the chocolate deluxe flavor because I like to turn my coffee into a mocha, but the vanilla spice one is good as well. ¬†The Pure Protein Complete has an amazing blend of whey protein, goat whey protein, pea protein, egg white protein AND organic hemp seed protein. ¬†And if that’s not enough, it also has a full rang of amino acids to support a healthy metabolism and ancient peat & apple extract to support ATP production (the energy currency in the body). ¬†Crazy right!? ¬†It’s basically all the nutrients you need in a day in one little scoop!

OK so now we have our coffee, milk, sweetener, collage, and protein with amino acids. ¬†Last thing we need is our Peppermint Essential Oil! ¬†You didn’t think I was going to make something without essential oils, did you??

Peppermint Essential Oil is great for digestion and makes our mocha coffee into PEPPERMINT mocha coffee! ¬†YUM. ¬†I’ve always been a fan of Peppermint Mocha Lates, especially from Starbucks, so this is my WAY HEALTHIER iced version. ¬†All you need is ONE drop of Peppermint Essential Oil for this recipe so technically, one 5ml bottle of Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil can make at least 120 power peppermint mocha iced coffees!!

By the way PLEASE do not ingest essential oils from other brands unless you have seen their farming and distilling process and trust them entirely. ¬†There are NO regulations for essential oils so you don’t know what you are putting in your body unless the company can show you. ¬†I only trust Young Living because they own their own farms AND you can visit them anytime you want to see how they use NO pesticides and test their oils multiple times before carefully sealing them into little bottles and shipping them to your home. ¬†I decided awhile ago that if I couldn’t see what the company does on the farm, then I wouldn’t buy from that them. So if you don’t have peppermint essential oil yet, you can buy it here: http://www.myyl.com/reposa. ¬†Young Living is also the only company with a Vitality line FDA approved for consumption.

Anyways, back to our power coffee recipe. ¬†Mix all the ingredients with an immersion blender like this one –>¬†

Then add a bunch of ice cubes.  And drink up!  Cheers to a delicious powerful healthy breakfast beverage and a great start to a new day!  You are now on your way to an amazing bod and healthy skin!

Here’s the full recipe:

-8oz cup of coffee

-1/2 cup milk

-2 teaspoons of agave sweetener

-1 Drop of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

-1 Scoop Collagen powder

-1 Scoop Young Living Pure Protein Complete powder

Blend, add ice, and drink up!

Cheers to a healthier you!  Please follow my blog for additional healthy recipes using essential oils and contact me anytime with questions or comments!  Share with your friends and thanks for reading!


Love,

Christine, Your UltraOily Wellness Coach

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Foaming Hand Soap Recipe!

If you are anything like I was, you probably walk by Bath & Body Works smell some amazing chemical fragrance, do a double take, and walk right into the store.  You probably walk around smelling candles and soaps until your arms are full of goodies and your head starts to hurt from all the synthetic fragrances.

Don’t worry, becoming chemical free doesn’t have to mean, no more fun smells! ¬†Thanks to essential oils you can create your own toxin-free soap with REAL smells from REAL plants, rather than something chemically engineered and labeled as “fragrance”. ¬†Did you know that the ingredient “fragrance” is actually a catch-all label for hundreds of different chemicals…so something that says “natural fragrance” or even just “fragrance” could have just about anything in it!… They mind as well just write “possibly contains dog poop” on it ūüėú

Anyways, back to business. ¬†Time to make some REAL soap. ¬†The good news about all those trips to Bath & Body Works is that you can use all their nice foaming hand soap containers because they’re actually made with a good quality plastic (PETE)! ¬†Just dump out the chemical yuck¬†and buy a big bottle of unscented Castile soap (one 32oz bottle will make about 32 bottles of foaming hand soap!). ¬†I usually buy my Castile soap on Amazon.. But you can also find it in decent grocery stores.

Now for the RECIPE!:

-Foaming hand soap dispenser

-2 Tablespoons Castile Soap (approximately, I hate measuring so I just squirt some in there)

-20-30 drops of your favorite Essential Oils (Don’t go to the grocery store and buy cheap junk, get the real deal here because then you can multi-task by getting rid of the chemicals AND adding in immunity boosting oils! BAM now you’re really on fire!)

-Fill the rest of the way with water (leave space at the top so you don’t overflow when you put the top on like I always seem to do..)

-Optional: 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or fractionated coconut oil (keeps your hands soft)

Done!

See! Kicking chemicals out of your home isn’t so hard after all! ūüėĀ #winning

So here’s mine! (Post pics of yours on my FB page @ultraoily for chances to win free stuff!) Since my new foaming soap is going in the kids bathroom, I added 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil to boost their immune systems and 10 drops of Purification¬†Essential Oil for its amazing stink-eating smell!! (p.s. Both of those are in the Premium Starter Kit here)

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DIY Deodorant: Don’t be scared of sweat!

Did you know?? ¬†Sweat is 99% odorless and basically just water leaving our bodies. ¬†Why is everyone so scared of sweating? ¬†Probably because when sweat can’t quickly evaporate (clothes holding it in, armpits not airing out, etc) our bodies get nervous and send out bacteria to get rid of the sweat..and the bacteria is what smells.

So we end up running to the store and slathering on all kinds of nasty harmful aluminum-filled deodorants to try to prevent the sweat when all we really need is something that will prevent the bacteria and give the sweat more time to evaporate.  Most store bought deodorants are filled with toxins that seep into our skin and travel through our delicate lymph nodes.  Aluminum has been linked as a possible cause of cancer, yet we still slather it on our armpits EVERYDAY in fear of sweat!

Did you know?? The yellow stains on our white t-shirts aren’t from sweat, but from the aluminum seeping back out of our armpits onto our clothes?? Yuck! ¬†Time to stop slathering on the cancer sticks and make our own simple DIY deodorant!
DIY Deodorant Recipe:

1/4 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder

1/4 Cup Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (our odor eater!)

10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (great for the skin!)

3-5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (optional just for a fun scent!)

Mix it all together in a bowl, scoop it into an old deodorant container or jar, and apply twice a day! Simple, right!?
Now, at first, your body will need to go through a detox from all the chemicals you’ve been putting through your armpits so it may take up to 2 weeks before your new DIY deodorant starts to really work well. ¬†Give it time, it is worth it in the end. ¬†It feels great to sweat, but not smell bad, and know that NO CHEMICALS are being sent through my lymph nodes every day! ¬†I can even allow my 4-year old to put some on her armpits (on days that she insists she is a grown up too) because I can rest assured that she is not applying chemicals to herself! ¬†Chemical free children, happy mommy. ¬†Now go throw out those nasty toxic deodorants and whip up some of your own!
IMPORTANT: Don’t have essential oils yet? ¬†DON’T BUY GROCERY STORE ESSENTIAL OILS. ¬†They might not work as well because they don’t have the same chemical constituents as high quality essential oils. ¬†Plus there is the potential that they are laden with chemical solvents (hence why they are often less expensive than Young Living oils). ¬† What’s the point in replacing chemical deodorants with healthier deodorant laden with chemical oils?? ¬†Don’t do it.

I only trust Young Living essential oils and you can get them easily by visiting http://www.myyl.com/reposa and clicking Enroll Today. ¬†Choose your starter kit which comes with a diffuser and 11 of the most popular essential oils. ¬†If you are ambitious, go ahead and sign up for essential rewards by adding Tea Tree EO, Grapefruit EO and a bottle of amazing Thieves cleaner to your order.. You’ll start earning free oils to make all kinds of DIY recipes right away! ¬†I will be here to give you recipes and answer questions every step of the way. ¬†Message me anytime and thank you in advance for supporting small business!!

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Peppermint Infused Chocolates!

Isn’t it exciting when you discover something super HEALTHY that actually tastes AWESOME?? ¬†That’s what these are and they can be altered to your liking!

No processed sugar and super easy to make! ¬†This is my go to healthy dessert after dinner when I need to satisfy the mean sweet tooth I inherited from my mom ‚̧ԳŹ

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Organic Unrefined Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

1/8 cup Honey ūüćĮ

1/4 cup Organic Cacao Powder

5 drops YL Peppermint Essential Oil (for flavor and digestive support!) – only use high quality essential oil here (especially important since you are ingesting them and Young Living is the only brand with essential oils FDA approved for consumption). If you don’t have any yet, visit http://www.myyl.com/reposa and scroll down to click Enroll Today! ¬†Grab a starter kit (which includes Peppermint EO) and lots of other fun oils to try!

Optional Ingredients for additional health benefits!:

1 Tbsp Collagen powder (great for supporting the connective tissue in our body, as well as our skin and bones!)

1 Tbsp Organic Protein powder (plain, vanilla or chocolate flavor) YL makes some awesome power packed protein but I just used Grass Fed Whey Protein this time!

1 Tbsp Organic Raw Agave (or just more honey but I’m a big raw agave fan)
Mix everything in a bowl and taste for sweetness before adding extra honey or agave to the mixture. If you love peppermint, feel free to add a few more drops of Peppermint EO but taste as you go!

Scoop mixture into a zip lock bag and cut off one corner so you squeeze out little drops or swirls of candy to around the size of a Hershey’s kiss onto a tray or pan.

Refrigerate or freeze until hardened (only takes a few minutes) and enjoy!  (Coconut oil will melt at room temperature so keep these candies in a container in the fridge once hardened.)

Let me know if you try these out!