DIY: COFFEE & COCONUT OIL BODY SCRUB

http://thekindredstreet.com/2014/02/diy-coffee-coconut-oil-body-scrub/

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No-Bake Paleo + Vegan Date Squares {Drool Time}

It is a chilly 68* in my neck of the woods, today, and I am snugging in bed, wanting to much on something healthy, warm & Oh so good for you, but it is too cold to get up out of bed, and do it…

  So I have decided to post this for ya’ll, and drool at the pictures…

If anyone wants to mail me a “Goodie Care Package” I will love you long time!!

Prepare to Drool…. in: 3,.. 2,.. 1,…  GO!

No-Bake Paleo + Vegan Date Squares

Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free

Cook time: 12 hours

Prep time: 20 mins

Serves: 16

Vegan and paleo no bake date squares made with fruit and nuts. The ultimate sinless dessert! Ingredients Crust 1 cup brazil nuts, soaked and dried ⅓ cup macadamia nuts, soaked and dried 1¼ cups shredded coconut 8 medjool dates, pitted ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract ⅛ teaspoon sea salt Date Filling 2 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped roughly 1 cup dried mission figs, hulled and chopped roughly Zest from a medium orange 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ⅛ teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup water Instructions To make the crust Add brazil nuts and macadamia nuts to the bowl of your food processor. Blend to small pieces.

Add remaining crust ingredients and pulse until everything is well mixed and the dough begins to form into a ball.

Press ⅔ of the crust into an 8X8-inch cake pan. Set remaining dough aside.

To make the date filling Add all ingredients but water to a large bowl, mix until fully incorporated.

Transfer half of the date mix to your food processor. Add water and blend until smooth.

Transfer back to the bowl with chopped fruits and mix thoroughly.

Drop date mixture onto prepared crust, smoothing out with the back of a spoon. Then, crumble remaining crust on top.

Cover and transfer to the freezer to chill overnight. This will help the bars form nicely and avoiding breaking when you’re cutting.

When ready to serve, cut into 16 bars.

Keeps for 10 days in the fridge or 4 months in the freezer.

Notes Soaked and dried nuts – you can make this recipe with regular raw nuts. Medjool dates – I made this recipe with medjool dates because they are softer and more pliable than honey dates. If you want to use honey dates for this recipe, you may have to soak them before hand.

Here’s a picture to give you an example of the size you should be going for for the ground nuts. It doesn’t have to be perfect, this recipe is very forgiving!

Once the crust is complete, firmly press it into your prepared pan. There’s quite a bit of natural oils so you shouldn’t have to worry about the dessert sticking to the pan. If you’re concerned with this, feel free to drape parchment paper over the sides of the pan.

Once the crust is in, add the date mixture.

Crumble the remaining crust over top and chill these babies for at least 12 hours!

– The Two Sisters –

Sweet Green Smoothie Making {{Borrowed}}

Post borrowed from: http://theglitterguide.com/2011/07/15/healthy-and-delicious-smoothie-recipes/   #HealthyEveryDamnDay
– Ami
Hey Glitter Girls! Crystalin from In the City with Crystalin here to share some healthy and delicious smoothies with you! Blending up favorite fruits and vegetables is one of my go-to afternoon snacks. Not only do they fill me up, but they’re also loaded with a ton of nutrients. They almost always satisfy my sweet tooth! The best part about making smoothies? Every recipe is adaptable to your personal taste and what you may have on hand at home. My current favorite: frozen strawberries, almond milk, and dates. Smoothielicious!

Give these healthy concoctions a whirl, and sip your way through summer. Enjoy!

Refresh:

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Mango Ginger — 2 cups frozen Mango, 1 cup frozen raspberries, 1 banana, ¼ cup chopped ginger, squeeze of lime, yogurt.

Savory:

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Strawberry Date — 1 date, 1 ½ cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup almond milk. Optional: 1 scoop protein powder or 1 TBL of flaxseed oil.

Indulge (guilt-free):

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Chocolate Peanut Butter – 2 TBL unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 TBL peanut butter, ½ banana, 1 cup almond milk, ice. 320 calories total.

Detox:

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Green Smoothie — 1 cup baby spinach, 1 cup kale, 1 pear, 1 ½ cup of orange juice, and 1 frozen banana.

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