Apr 11

DIY All-Natural Egg Dyes

Egg dyeing kits are a very fun and popular purchase this time of year, but how simple it is to make your own dyes using natural spices, teas, fruits and vegetables!  You can create beautiful egg displays experimenting with these natural dyes.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about what ingredients are in store-bought kits.

All Natural Egg Dyes

These are some general recipes to try.  Add more or less water/vinegar to vary the colors.  So many possibilities!

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 Blessings~ Kelly

Mar 29

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream (With Echinacea)

I think I mentioned it before, but allergy/cold season has hit our area of Florida pretty hard this year.  People I have talked to who have lived here for years have told me that this is an especially bad year.  I don’t have much to compare it to as this was really only our first full winter here.  We have been stocking up on Alfalfa (clears nasal passages, relieves allergies), Vitamin C (immune booster) and Garlic (natural antibiotic).  But my all time favorite is Defend and Resist!

Defend and Resist contains Echinacea … which activates the immune system, promotes production of white blood cells, enhances resistance to infection (viral and bacterial), anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, reduces mucous, relieves boils, gangrene, ulcerations, bites, abscesses, and fights candida.  Also contains Larch Tree extract and Elderberry to surround viruses and help prevent their reproduction. Best taken at onset of a virus. Can also be used as a zinc lozenge, made into a tea or crushed into applesauce.  Or try this immune boosting ice cream recipe!

Immune Booster Ice Cream

 Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream

2-3 Bananas

3 Defend and Resist per Banana

1/2 tsp Vanilla

4-5 Ice Cubes (optional)

Peel, slice and freeze the bananas.  Crush Defend and Resist with a garlic press or spoon.  Toss frozen bananas and crushed Defend and Resist into a blender or food processor.  Add vanilla and ice cubes (if desired).  Blending with ice makes a texture more similar to ice cream, blending without ice gives a creamier texture.  Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Can be served right away or frozen again and served at a later time. Try adding a scoop to your smoothie for immune boosting power!

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream 1

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream 2

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream 3

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream 6

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream 4

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Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream 5

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream

How do you beat cold and allergy season?  I’d love to hear!  Blessings to you! ~Kelly

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Mar 21

Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats

I’ve been trying hard to get more veggies in my diet.  It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with plain old steamed or raw veggies.  Here is a new favorite of mine! :-)  Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats!

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Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats

2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice/Quinoa (Cook in Vegetable/Chicken Broth for more flavor)

4-5 Multi Colored Mini-Sweet Peppers

1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro

2 Medium Zucchinis

Olive or Coconut Oil

Wash and slice the Zucchinis in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seedy center.  Dice the Sweet Peppers and mix them into the cooked Rice/Quinoa. (I used a mixture of both.)  Add chopped Cilantro.  Scoop mixture into the halved Zucchinis. Drizzle with Olive or Coconut Oil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or just until Zucchini is tender, but not mushy.  Be careful not to over cook or rice becomes crunchy.  Serve immediately.  Reheats well in a shallow pan with enough water just to steam the Zucchini.

Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats 3

Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats 1

Confetti Rice Zucchini Boats

I hope you are experiencing a hint of spring wherever you are!  I know it’s been a crazy long winter for so many of you!  Blessings to you!  ~Kelly

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Mar 14

Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding

Spring is going to be arriving soon, probably not as soon as some of us might like. :-) For many of you, it has been a  very cold, long winter!  So, I am here with some warm and cozy comfort food for you today.  Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding, a simple and not too sweet treat!

 

Coconut milk contains essential fatty acids for a healthy heart and immune system and even healthy hair and skin.  It is so versatile as well, as it can be used in pasta, rice, meat and even dessert dishes.  Rice pudding has long been a favorite of mine, but traditional store-bought versions are full of sugar and overly processed.  Try this for a different healthier twist on an old favorite!

Coconut Milk Brown Rice Pudding

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Mar 06

Fruit Infused Water

I am so excited to bring you a guest post from my sister today!!  I have been begging her for a while now to share some of her creativity with us :-)  She is a creative, crafty, crocheting, cake decorating mama of two little sweeties.

Hi Everyone! My name is Erica and I am Kelly’s sister. I love all her healthy living posts! When she asked if I would guest post here I couldn’t think of anything in my life that would be worth writing about. Then I told her about the fruit infused water that I was trying one day and she said, “Write about that!” So… here goes :)

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit infused waters are so simple, refreshing, and delicious. My husband had a kidney stone last month and I have been encouraging him to incorporate more water in his day to avoid reoccurring stones.

 I am always looking for creative (sneaky) ways to get more fruit and water into my 3 year old’s day and really, who couldn’t use an extra glass of water in their diet and a fun way to do it.

First, you need to choose your favorite yummy fruits. I chose lemon and raspberry, strawberry and kiwi, and cucumber. Really any fruit will work…well maybe not bananas :)

Fruit Infused Water

Next, choose a jar or glass to make your fruit infused water in. I used quart mason jars with lids but if you just want to make one glass you can use whatever you like to drink from.

 Wash your fruit, it is going to be soaking in the water you will be drinking (even the lemon).

Cut up the fruit you chose and add it to the jar. I cut mine up evenly for the sake of pictures but you don’t have to be fancy to get the yummy taste :)

Fruit Infused Water

Finally, add water to the jar! So simple! I used cold water and left them in the fridge overnight so they would be ready to go in the morning. I find my mornings are very busy with 2 little kids and I try to set myself up for success by preparing the night before. But you can still get great flavor from the fruit if you prepare the water in the morning and drink it later in the day.

You can strain it if you like or leave the fruit in it. Serve in a fancy glass, straight out of the jar, or even in a sippy cup. My daughter loved the strawberry water and my son wanted to drink all of my lemon water!

Fruit Infused Water

A great thing about fruit infused water is you get the benefits of water and fruit all in one glass.

Here are a few more pictures of the flavors we tried.

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit Infused Water

One final tip, don’t throw away your fruit! The berries are still delicious by itself or added to a smoothie.  Lemons or oranges can be used to freshen the garbage disposal.

Thanks for letting me share fruit infused water with you. I would love to hear flavor combinations that you try!

Thanks so much for sharing today, Erica!  You can find more from Erica on Pinterest, Facebook and Etsy!