Food, Organic, Uncategorized

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting. Sounds YUM! :)

Tis the season for pumpkin.  Let’s make these!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour of your choice.  We use all-purpose organic.

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2 spoonfuls of chia or flax seed or both

1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

I teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

4 eggs or 8 egg whites or a combination

3/4 cup of coconut oil

1/2 carrot juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

3/4 cashew butter

1/2 cup cacao

1/2 coconut oil

1/2 cup maple butter or raw honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

‘In one bowl, combine flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and flax and/or chia seed.  In another bowl, thoroughly combine the remaining ingredients. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a hand-held mixer.  Place cupcake liners into 18 cupcake pan spots and pour batter equally into each.  Bake 20 – 25 minutes.  To make frosting, place all ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate frosting for about 20 minutes to help it solidify, and then spread on cooled cupcakes.  Because there is coconut oil in the frosting, if left out at room temperature too long, it will begin to melt.  I suggest storing the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to one week.  Remove them from refrigerator 15 minutes prior to serving so the frosting is perfect consistency.’

Sound yum?

Go for it.  Try ’em!

We sure will!

:),

Lisa

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Health and Wellness, Skincare, Uncategorized

Health and Wellness Tip: Let’s Take Real Good Care of Our Skin. Here’s how! :)

Some little pointers…

  • use cleansers that don’t contain sulfates…they can be drying; instead, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid – they keep skin smooth by ‘eliminating dry, flaky skin cells and speeding up your skin’s natural shedding process.’
  • use a retinol cream at night to even tone and boost glow, three days a week
  • use hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin – it ‘acts like a sponge, soaking up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture and binding it to the skin.’
  • if your goal is smoother skin, opt for a serum that has retinol and vitamin C – the two combined can increase collagen production and protect against free-radical damage.
  • use a sheet mask that has peptides – will make your skin feel instantly firmer.
  • be sure that your daytime moisturizer has an SPF of 30 or more.

That’s it for the skincare tips, for today.  Here are some other helpful tips…

Ladies!  If you have painful PMS, try…

  • flaxseed – pour in 2 tablespoons into your cereal or smoothie
  • salmon – one serving, three times a week can help with breast tenderness
  • eggs – they are a great source of vitamin D, B6, and E; eat a few every day

And, then there’s the belly bloat

some fixes are

  • parsley – great for preventing water retention
  • papaya – eat 1 cup
  • whole grains – add 5 grams/week until you reach the goal of 25 grams/week

Oh, and, then there’re the ‘killer headaches’

try

  • pickle juice – drink 1/4 cup before bed to prevent a hangover (a Polish folk remedy).
  • watermelon
  • dark leafy greens, Swiss chard and spinach, in particular, because they are rich in magnesium, which reduces migraine frequency.

Are we feeling ultra tired, most of the time?

Let’s give these a try.

  • quinoa – 1 cup provides 15% of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
  • coconut oil – throw in a dollup to your coffee to slow the absorption of the caffeine to allow for a longer caffeine “buzz”.
  • cherry juice – a shot of melatonin will help with rest

Sweet dreams.

Love,

Lisa

P.S.

Must go to bed.  Our Bread returning tomorrow.  xoxo