L&G Approved Ways to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

Welcome to everyone joining us in the 30 Day Sugar Detox! These are going to be some difficult weeks, but will be well worth it!

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, so definitely expect withdrawal and cravings. So we decided to explain your options for sweeteners to satisfy that craving without giving in to your desire for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

God has given us many sweet things naturally in nature, but our over-processed food culture has retrained our taste buds and we crave it like no other generation before. So let’s take a look at some natural sweet options to use in place of that 3pm Snickers bar as you check out at the grocery store 😉

The key here is to be prepared. If you get a craving and only have a house filled with carrots and celery, you’re bound to fall off the wagon and run to the store for something sweet. So I took some time to look up some yummy sugar-free recipes on pinterest (we will post continually throughout the month) and make sure I had all the ingredients on hand.

Now we do know that some of you joining us have taken this detox as a personal challenge to push your limits and avoid all sweeteners. If that’s you, awesome! This list is for those choosing to avoid processed sweeteners specifically, and these are healthier sweet options.

Lavender & Grace Approved Sweeteners to Satisfy your Cravings:

  • Raw Honey (local preferred)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Liquid Stevia Extract (no truvia as that is highly processed)
  • Dates (make sure they don’t have added sugar as some do)
  • Fruits

Got a Sweet Tooth? Don't worry, be happy! You can still eat sweet with these natural options! www.lavenderngrace.com

Looking for some recipes using these sweeteners? Check out this great pinterest board!

Good luck to all on this detox with us! Make sure to also connect with our facebook event found here, to get continual encouragement, support, recipes, and more!

New to our blog? Check out our “about me” pages to get to know the authors, and read our Getting Started with Essential Oils post to learn why we are so passionate about Young Living oils!

VERY Basic Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are all the bomb right now! I started making them right after I got my Vitamix (6 years years ago now) before I was a little apprehensive to make them in my little ol’ blender! Scared that the spinach would get stuck and end up as a chunk in my mouth (yuke, heaven forbid I get a spinach chunk), or worse, that the blender would explode or something! I know, I know, pretty irrational right!?

You can actually make these delicious smoothies no matter what type of blender. My sister makes them in her Oster and it works just fine. It may take a few blends with adjustments but it works! (no explosions and no chunks). Tip: blend liquids with greens first, then add frozen items.

Delicious you say? Yep! They really are!

Now I am going to be honest, the idea of it at first was, stomach turning to say the least!

I first heard about green smoothies from Diana Stobo’s youtube videos. After we got our Vitamix my husband was super excited to pretty much blend anything and everything in the HIGH POWER blender. He highly enjoyed the green smoothies. I on the other hand took a little time to convince my mind that it was “ok” to drink veggies all blended up! Once I got over the initial reaction of horror, and I really started to drink them (not just pretend to, haha!) my body started wanting more, and more!

Now I need to have a green smoothie a few times a week, if not everyday. It has made a world of a difference in my over all health, energy and crabbiness! That is right, I am so much less irritable and snappy! Just ask my husband! ????

So give the green smoothie a whirl! It might take a few tries but I promise you it will change your life!

VERY BASIC GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

What you will need:

  • blender
  • 2-4 large kale leafs (make sure to alternate your greens)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Optional: 

  • 1 tbs hemp or coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 tbs flax seed
  • 1 tsp wheatgrass powder or a super greens supplement

It is always important to pair a good fat source such as flax seed, hemp oil, coconut oil, or avocado to be combined with your greens in order to aid your body in proper digestion of the minerals and vitamins in the dark leafy greens. You may also try other milks, such as almond or hemp milk (homemade is best — store bought, even organic is full of nasty ingredients!) I would be cautious about adding dairy (organic milk, yogurt, or kefir) to any smoothies in combination with fruit. If you do add milk, RAW milk or raw kefir from grassfed cows is by far the most healthy for you! (we avoid processed dairy in this house).

According to Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, the leading expert on food combining, different types of foods digest using different enzymes and acidity/alkaline levels. Fruit digests very quickly through the body and when it is pared improperly it will sit in the stomach, ferment, and cause indigestion and gas. If you are someone who is a frequent sufferer of these things you may want to take note of the food combinations and avoid combinations that upset your stomach. If your stomach is rarely bothered and you want to put organic dairy products in your smoothies than by all means give it a go!

Directions:

  • place all ingredients into a blender and blend

 

This recipe makes enough for you to enjoy a large heaping glass for yourself, and some leftover for lunch if you wish, or feel free to share with a friend, or  store in the fridge for later in the day.

Enjoy! As always eat well & be merry,

xoxo Brittany

Winter Car Necessities

Don’t say it too loud, but winter is coming…again. It’s time to get started preparing your car with everything you would need in case of an emergency.

At the end of the article you’ll find our printable checklist, so you can make sure you’re ready. Also make sure to watch our YouTube video as Brittany packs her car!

Think of something we missed? We’d love to hear more ideas, comment below to share!

 

First, you need the basics.

Rope, carabiner, jumper cables, a rechargeable jumper, pocket knife, compass, duct & electrical tape, waterproof matches, flashlights, tarp, shovel, basic tool kit, and a basic first-aid kit.

We also suggest adding these great natural items to your first-aid kit: arnica, activated charcoal capsules, cayenne pepper capsules, and a DIY first-aid salve.

You also need some snacks in case you are stuck for an extended time. Great ideas for snacks are bottled water (coconut water would also be great in warm climates), granola bars, trail mix, supergreen powder, Ningxia Red, and Ningxia Nitro.

Next you need to be prepared with our favorite must-have Young Living essential oils. Thieves, lavender, peppermint, DiGize, Purification, Stress Away, En-R-Gee, helicrysm, Deep Relief, Lemongrass, and the Thieves Spray. When using oils it is also important to have some reference material, so a Pocket Reference Guide is great!

Don’t have these awesome oils? Don’t put it off, you need them. Find out more here.

If you’re in a warm climate, we are happy for you. But for those of us in the midwest, here are a few more items to make sure you have for the cold months. Extra hats, scarves, and mittens (waterproof is great too). Blankets (thermal or regular warm blankets), a thermal tent, snow shovel, a window ice scraper, and sand or kitty litter to help get out if you get stuck.

Thanks for taking the time to consider this list. It is so important to the safety of your family to always be prepared. Making the effort to pack your car now could make the difference in an emergency situation. Comment below with your favorites to pack!

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