Saturday, January 28, 2017

Betty Crocker Tested: Three Pan-Roasted Meals to Make Weeknight Cooking Easier

We all know Betty Crocker isn't real, but regardless, this fictional character has developed countless recipes for more than 90 years. We found three Betty Crocker recipes that help todday's modern family get dinner on the table quickly.

Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Apples 

Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

With this Betty Crocker recipe, pork tenderloin doesn't have to be a Sunday night meal. You can get this recipe on the table in 50 minutes. If you don't have fresh lemons on hand, we have the a recipe substitute, we suggest adding one drop of Young Living's Lemon Dietary Vitality Oil to the maple syrup mixture. Young Living's Vitality Dietary Oils are great staples for your pantry.

Jerk Chicken with Sweet Potatoes 

Jerk Chicken with  Sweet Potatoes

This Better Crocker recipe also uses sweet potatoes, but you can have your jerk chicken with any potato you would like. If you your children like roasted new potatoes then go for it.  But what we do suggest is using Young Living's Ginger, Dietary Essential Oil in place of that hard to peel Gingerroot. You will need just one drop and you'll save yourself loads of time. 

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables 

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables We love the idea of putting everything in the oven and forgetting about it until the timer goes off. This Tuscan Chicken and Vegetable recipe will work with chicken thighs, too. We also suggest adding a drop of Young Living's Oregano Vitality oil to the olive oil mixture. You can do Basil Vitality Oil, too. One drop is all you need and it will boost your meal with healthy flavor. 

More About Young Living's Vitality Dietary Essential Oils 

In our home kitchens, our founder, Leigh Hines, love cooking with Young Living Dietary Essential Oils.Some of the dietary vitality oils we grab most often from our pantries are Ginger, Basil, Oregano, Lemon, and Lime. Explore the Young Living Vitality either at retail or at member prices

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grab Your Fast And Go Healthy: Three Great Juice Recipes

“You can lose at least a pound a day, get rid of foggy brain, and recharge your energy,” says best-selling author and nutritionist Cherie Calbom, known as “The Juice Lady” for her expertise in juicing for health and detoxification 

“Fasting is a great way to restart your metabolism, purify your lymphatic system, and revive your soul, ” says Calbom, author of the new book The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting. “It’s also a way to look younger, clear out the toxins, and restart the systems in your body for optimal health and physical well-being, and to bring restoration to your mind, bod, and spirit.”

People often think of fasting as a fad, she says, but it’s been touted throughout history – by the healer Hippocrates, the philosopher Plato, and scientist and statesman Benjamin 
Franklin, just to name a few. Germany’s famous “fasting therapist,” Otto Buchinger Sr., M.D., called it an “operation without surgery.”

Even those who don’t believe in fasting’s curative powers agree it can help prevent illness. Want to fend off the flu, a cold or bronchitis? Fasting gives your immune system a boost.
“It’s a lot like a threefold spring cleaning, as you dive deep into the areas in your life that don’t always get the attention they need – mentally, physically and spiritually – and you clean them up,” Calbom says. “You rid yourself of toxic influences that hinder growth, clarity, and well-being, and refocus on the future.”

With a liquid fast, you give up solid foods, and enjoy delicious, nutrient-rich beverages. In her book, Calbom provides a variety of fasts to choose from including the smoothie fast, bone-broth fast, 3-day detox fast, and what she says is the most popular of all — the juice fast.  If you crave crunch, she offers the Garden of Eden Fast and the Daniel Fast.

“There’s something for everyone — from a short weekend weight loss fast to a 21-day rejuvenation fast,” she says.

If you’re a list maker (and who isn’t this time of year?), Calbom recommends writing down what you hope to achieve with your fast – losing belly fat, cleansing your liver or boosting your brain power, with brains detox juices for example – in order to find a fast that’s a good fit. 

If you aren’t sure you can hack a liquid fast because you’ll crave flavor, think again. Here are three of Calbom’s favorite recipes, designed to taste great while doing good:

Weight Loss Buddy Juice Cocktail

Juice for Weight Loss

Jerusalem artichoke juice combined with carrot and beet is a traditional remedy for satisfying cravings for sweets and junk food.  They key is to sip it slowly when you get a craving for high-fat or high-carb foods.
1 Jerusalem artichoke, scrubbed well
3-4 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
1 green apple (lower in sugar than red or yellow)
½ cucumber
1-inch chunk ginger root
Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube.  Juice ingredients and stir.  Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.
Serves 1

Beet- Berry Liver Cleanse Juice

Juice for Liver Cleanse

Beets have been used as a natural remedy for liver cleansing.
2 medium beets
1 cup blueberries
1 green apple
1 large carrot
1 broccoli stem
1 lemon, peeled
1-inch chunk ginger
1/2 cup  coconut water
Juice all ingredients.  Add coconut water, stir, and enjoy!
Serves 1-2
Green Muscle Mender

Juice for Strength Training/High in Magnesium

Are you strength training?  Spinach helps your muscles recover due to its high magnesium content—157 mg per cup.
1 large handful spinach
1 green apple
1 cucumber
1-inch chunk ginger root
2-inch piece fresh turmeric root (optional)
Juice all ingredients, stir, and enjoy!
Serves 1

Editor's Note: We recommend using Ginger Vitality Dietary Oil in place of fresh ginger to make things even easier in the kitchen. We've tested ginger vitality oil in many recipes and love it. 

Young Living's Dietary Vitality Oils are perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements, the Vitality™ line of dietary essential oils gives you the freedom to share and explore some of our best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious ways. We invite you to discover Vitality—for food, for family, for life! Learn why we recommend the Young Living brand on our Essential Oils 101 page.