Whipped Strawberry Masque for Face and Decollete

DIY Strawberry mask

Whipped Strawberry Masque for Face and Décolleté Summer is a wonderful time of year for everyone. The warmth in the air is a comfort. The feeling of sunshine touching our skin envelops us with a softness and a kind of gentle glow. However, having children out of school and breaking with routine can be a touch stressful. This recipe will apply vitamin-rich tenderness to our skin on the outside, and deliver an anti-stress tonic via our tastebuds. For this masque, you will need: 1 cup fresh strawberries 1 cup plain natural yogurt (or plain Greek, or Balkan style) 1 tsp. ground cardamom ¼ cup organic dark chocolate chips (minimum 70%) We all know that eating strawberries delivers vital nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and antioxidants…

Chocolate Cheesecake Balls

Chocolate Cheesecake Balls

Who loves cheesecake?! Now we all know cheesecake isn’t the healthiest dessert so I’ve changed the typical ingredients with a healthier Greek yogurt option. So why plain yogurt? The main culprit that turns yogurt from a healthy food into an unhealthy one is the added sugar. Although yogurt already contains some natural sugar in the form of lactose (milk sugar), most companies often add large amounts of simple sugars to make yogurt taste sweeter. Typically the healthiest choice is plain, unflavored yogurt. But if you don’t like plain yogurt, there are a few things you can do instead. One option is to sweeten it yourself with your favorite fresh fruit or add your own natural sweeteners, like raw honey, coconut sugar or stevia. Greek yogurt…

Refreshing Edamame Parsley Pasta

Edamame and Parsley Pasta

Refreshing Edamame and Parsley Pasta Serves 3-4 | Cook time: 10 minutes | Prep time: 15 minutes Recipe Ingredients: 3 servings whole wheat radiatori Kaslo Sourdough Pasta 1 cup organic non-gmo edamame, shelled and thawed 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup raw cashews (or sub with sunflower seeds, silken tofu, hemp seeds or the flesh of young coconuts for a nut-free alternative) 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Instructions: Boil water with salt. Add pasta and cook to desired firmness (5-8 minutes). Meanwhile, add cashews (or nut-free alternative) to a high speed blender or food processor, add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pulse until parmesan consistency. Once…

Lepidolite

Crystals, amethsyt angel, quartz, lepidolite, lithium quartz

Lepidolite With its soft energy, lepidolite helps to instill calmness, relaxation, and serenity. This is a perfect crystal to carry with you when you are undergoing challenging moments in life such as a change in relationships or job status, financial stresses, or when facing difficult situations. It helps to bring you into alignment with the frequency of balance and transformation when you are going through a transition, and allows you to maintain a sense of optimism and self-love. Lepidolite can help to release old behavioral patterns that no longer serve you while you go through change and to discover your higher self. When you focus on this crystal it will help you to remember to breathe, to focus your senses on the activity of breathing…

Spring: A time for renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation

Nicole lachance

There is perhaps something symbolic about spring, a time when the snow starts to melt, when we can start to feel our better selves emerging after a bone chilling, soul crushing length of winter. Spring is a time for renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation. Although the roads are a mess and the walking trails are muddy, I can sense a freshness in the air and finally, finally, I feel the familiar uplifting feeling of hope: Hope that this year, I will make smarter choices, be healthier, be more patient with the people around me, and just generally “be” better. Yet how can a busy parent achieve this? So many times, I have sat down to write a new blog post, only to become paralyzed by the…

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates

Valentine's Day at Crystal Hills Farm

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates Recipe Yields 12 chocolates You will need a chocolate silicone mold. Servings may vary depending on the size of the molds.  Ingredients 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life foods brand) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 cup raspberries 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder* mixed with 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice   Instructions 1. In a small pot, heat and mash raspberries until puree forms, add maple syrup. 2. Combine arrowroot powder with water (make sure the powder is fully dissolved). 3. Pour arrowroot powder mixture into the raspberry puree, stirring constantly until combined. 4. Turn stove to high heat until the puree thickens, remove from heat, pour into a glass bowl and place in the fridge…

Chocolate Maca Berry Smoothie

Chocolate Maca Smoothie

Who loves chocolate? This smoothie contains more than just chocolate, it has hormone supporting maca powder and antioxidant-rich blueberries and strawberries! Benefits of maca powder include: ⦁ Increase libido and fertility in men and women ⦁ Support hormones ⦁ Boost immune system ⦁ Improve memory and focus ⦁ Increase energy Chocolate Maca Berry Smoothie Recipe Serves 1 Ingredients ⦁ 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries ⦁ 4 medium organic strawberries ⦁ 1 frozen banana ⦁ 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder ⦁ 1 teaspoon maca powder ⦁ 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, hemp milk or almond milk (for those who do not have nut allergies). Add more if you do not like it too thick. ⦁ 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder (optional) Method 1. Blend all ingredients together and serve. Enjoy!    

DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub

DIY Strawberry mask

DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. They are sweet, delicious, and satisfying to eat. Their nutritional qualities, which nourish our bodies from the inside, combined with their unique acidic nature, which beautifies our skin from the outside, lets them do double duty as a great food and DIY beauty product ingredient. This recipe is for a leg and foot scrub that will slough off dead skin cells, rejuvenate your tough skin, and enable your moisturizer, sunscreen, and body serum to penetrate fully and work as best they can. You will need 1 cup of ripe fresh strawberries and 1 cup sugar. The rest is up to you. For the strawberries, you can mash them…

2 Bite Brownies

vegan, gluten free brownies

2 Bite Brownies Everybody deserves a treat. These two bite brownies are extra special in that they are gluten free, nut free, vegan and low in sugar . . . so you won’t feel guilty having more than one. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups certified gluten free oat flour 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder (the really dark stuff) 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 cup avocado oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Dash of salt 1/4 cup Enjoy Life (vegan and nut-free) mini chocolate chips   Method: Set oven to 350F. Grease mini brownie silicone mold with oil. Combine coconut milk, coconut sugar and oil in a medium sized bowl. Stir, and allow sugar to dissolve….

Rose Quartz

rose quartz

Rose Quartz The rose quartz is a beautiful rosy-pink coloured crystal that symbolizes the very essence of love. This crystal allows us to see the beauty, romance, hope, gentleness, compassion, and sensuality in ourselves and others. It helps us to become more receptive to the beauty of art, literature, and music all around us. This gemstone lifts up our vibration to the pure energy of unconditional love – to help us accept it, offer it and open ourselves up to it. Rose quartz reminds us to love ourselves, as we cannot accept love from others if we truly see ourselves as unlovable. The lack of love and compassion for ourselves is highly toxic and it is a form of self-destruction. Rose quartz fosters a state…

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