Summer is officially upon us here in Myrtle Beach and lately I have been craving iced coffee!
I am not a big coffee drinker, my usual black cup first thing in the morning upon awakening
is usually enough to get me going. There is something though about a cold cup of iced coffee
in the heat of the day that sometimes seems very appealing to me. The one thing that I have
always noticed though is the ice cubes tend to dilute the strength of the coffee as I sip away.
I know many coffee drinkers so I thought this tip that I learned in ST. Lucia could come in
handy in keeping you iced coffee not only cold but strong and tasting like coffee.
Are you ready?
Make coffee ice cubes!
Yes, I have no idea why I have never thought of this but I learned this tip when I was away.
Sitting in the hot sun it was clear my ice cubes were melting but my coffee was still tasting strong.
Well, there you have it, when I asked the waiter the secret he laughed.
I told him us Americans are not that bright and then he laughed again.
Happy Coffee Drinking!
Eat Well. Be Well
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There are many brands of oils on the market, the brand I choose to use is Young Living which I have used for about 4 years now and have had great results. I find the quality of the oils to be superior to others that I have tried and I love that the company gives you a lot of information on where the oils come from and how to use them.
I love experimenting with my skin care, cooking recipes and also medicinal usage ( like the time I had bad burns on my arm from a crockpot accident) and I have found that the oils are both healing for my mind and for my physcial self.
A Few of my favorite oils in the kitchen are:
Lemon :( Add to anything that you would use a real lemon for), water, salad dressing, fish dishes, sauces, marinades, baking .
Basil : I love to use basil essential oil in my vegetable juices it adds a little punch to the bitterness of the juice. You can add the basil to marinara and other italian dishes instead of using dry basil or even fresh basil.
Black Pepper : I add this essential oil when I am using tumeric in recipe since black pepper enhances the healing properties of the tumeric.
I trust the Young Living brand to be pure in safe in the kitchen and if you would like to use essential oils in your cooking please make sure that the oils you are using are pure and made for ingesting. You can visit this website from the FDA to see a list of oils suitable for cooking.
Recipe for Lemon Vanilla Raw Protein Balls
1 cup almond flour
1 cup shredded coconut ( sulfur free)
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoon almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4teaspoon vanilla extract
10 drops of ** Vitality Lemon Essential Oil (Young Living Essential Oil )
Put all ingredients into a food processor on high until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. You can taste the mixture at this point to see if you might want to add some more lemon. I would add one drop at a time.
Once mixed to your liking take out of the processor and you can form into 1 inch balls. I keep some in the refrigerator for a quick snack and keep the rest in the freezer, mainly so I do not eat them all at once!
** “Vitality” Oils allow Young Living to stay within the compliant FDA guidelines.
Vitality Oils are Young Living Essential Oils with white labels in the 5mL size that are specifically labeled for internal use. (They are the same as our other oils labeled for aromatic and topical use). Ex. Lemon Vitality is labeled for internal use and regular lemon is labeled for aromatic and topical, but they are the same oils. Adding a Vitality label simply allows us to indicate more uses for the oil while staying within FDA compliance. We are the only company offering this! Vitality Oils” by Young Living is our essential oil supplement line that is intended for dietary supplement and culinary use. This line provides the freedom to share and explore some of Young Living’s best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious applications.
The Young Living Vitality line of oils offers the same 100-percent therapeutic-grade essential oils Young Living has been distilling for more than 20 years. The Vitality line has 27 of Young Living’s most popular essential oils in four distinct categories: Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement.Our Vitality™ dietary essential oils line have also been Non-GMO Project verified in the United States and Canada.
If you are interested in learning more about cooking with essential oils and the Young Living Brand contact me and I would love to chat with you.
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