The Lotus Manifesto

Nourish Yourself From the Inside Out

Category: Quickies

Uplifting Crangerine Smoothie

Cranberries and tangerine essential oil make this smoothie a winter-time favorite. Even when there are negative temps outside, this smoothie will make you warm and happy on the inside!

Cranberries and tangerine essential oil make this smoothie a winter-time favorite. Even when there are negative temps outside, this smoothie will make you warm and happy on the inside!

It’s been f-f-f-frreeeezing here lately. For mornings when I feel the need to perk up and be warm, I add tangerine essential oil to my smoothie. Tangerine essential oil is a natural digestive aid, blood purifier, and circulation enhancer. So if you’re feeling sluggish, add a drop to your breakfast. You’ll be amazed…and inspired to be amazing.

Ingredients: (For 2 Servings)

2 cups coconut water

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 drop doTerra tangerine essential oil

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens. Divide between two glasses. Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Lavender Coconut Smoothie

This soothing and uplifting smoothie is a perfect way to start the day or fuel up as an afternoon snack.

This soothing and uplifting smoothie is a perfect way to start the day or fuel up as an afternoon snack.

Even though my Ayervedic friends would chide me for drinking cold beverages in the winter, I’ve been having a mad love affair with smoothies in the morning. They’re quick, easy, and versatile, and SO much fun to play around with. The most fun ingredients I’ve been experimenting with lately are essential oils.

Today’s smoothie called for lavender. Known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils, lavender has a myriad of benefits from easing tension and depression to soothing digestive issues. When ingested internally, lavender essential oil can boost your immune system while promoting healthy cell-generation. Did I mention it’s delicious? But don’t take my word for it. Try this:

Ingredients: (For 2 Servings)

2 cups coconut water

1 large handful shredded coconut

2 cups frozen blueberries

1 drop doTerra lavender essential oil

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens. Divide between two glasses. Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to purchase doTerra Essential Oils.

Limey Guacamole with Daikon Radish “Chips”

(Not Just for British Sailors)

 Apologies for the lack of photo. We had a dinner party and I was so busy cooking that I couldn’t take snapshots of everything. But trust me, this guac is wicked yummy and good for you too.  Avocados are bursting with mono-unsaturated fat (the good kind) along with vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K and minerals including phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, and manganese.

This version of guacamole is also special because it utilizes the magical powers of essential oil. Just a drop of lime essential oil per 3 avocados with kick up the flavor and add a major health boost. Lime essential oil is stimulating and refreshing oil and acts as both a topical and internal cleanser. It is antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-mucus. What’s better, it tastes yummy!

For those who are steering clear of grains, daikon radish rounds make a refreshing crudite. So hand me another “chip,” please. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 avocados

1 clove crushed garlic

Juice of ½ lemon

Salt to taste

1 drop lime essential oil

*optional: small pinch dried cumin powder

1 daikon radish, skinned and sliced into rounds

Method:

Combine the first five ingredients in a bowl and mush until the

preferred consistency.

Serve with radish rounds and/or non-GMO blue corn chips.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

 

Revitalize and Cleanse with Peppermint Water

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Add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to your water to feel refreshed and cleanse your cells from head to toe!

Happy New Year! I’ve been traveling a lot and eating a lot of delicious (but heavy) food, so the mind and digestion have been more sluggish than usual. To fend off the afternoon sleepies and give my body a well-deserved sweep of toxins, I’ve been adding a couple of drops of doTerra Peppermint essential oil to cool or warm water and noticing a HUGE difference in how my mind and body feel. Give it a try next time you’re feeling slow in mind and body and let me know how it works for you.

Peppermint Digestive and Mind Booster:

1 cup luke warm or hot (not boiling) water

1-2 drops doTerra peppermint essential oil

*Mix ingredients and enjoy!

Benefits:

Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint oil is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, and stimulant. It can be used for its calming effect to relieve stress and tension and is also effective for relieving the headaches associated with stress, indigestion, upset, and migraines. Click here to purchase.

To purchase doTerra Peppermint or any other Essential Oils check out my website!

Pepita Sun Butter

This high-protein blend of toasted pepitas and sunflower seeds goes with everything.

I am on a nut and seed butter kick. They’re just so darn yummy and can come in all sorts of flavor variations. Plus my husband likes them too, so we can hardly keep a jar around for more than a few days. But if allowed, these nut and seed butters can last in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups organic raw pepitas

1 1/2 Cups organic roasted and salted (or unsalted) sunflower seeds (or you can roast your own)

1 Tbs. organic canola or olive oil

1 Tbs. honey

*Only use a pinch of salt if using unsalted sunflower seeds

Method:

Vitamix: Pour all seeds into blender. Drizzle with oil, honey, and optional sprinkle of salt. Turn on low, then turn up to high. Blend and stir using tamper until creamy (1-2 minutes). WARNING: Don’t process longer than 2 minutes or you risk burning out your motor.

Blender: WARNING: Not all blenders are created equal. Not recommended unless you have a muy strong blender or are ready to face the consequences if you’re seeds are tougher than your blender.

Food Processor: Same as Vitamix instructions, but you will need to turn off food processor and scrape the sides with a spatula as the consistency goes from chopped to meal to a creamy buttery consistency.

Put the finished product in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator until ready to consume.

Health Benefits:

Pepitas (Hulled Pumpkin Seeds): These babies are packed with zinc and vitamin E, but are also excellent sources of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They are also very high in protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Sunflower Seeds: A handful of sunflower seeds will supply significant amounts of vitamin E (the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant, which is also an anti-inflamatory and cardiovascular health superstar), magnesium (which has been said to help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke), and selenium (helpful for DNA and cellular repair). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Great TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown delivering a profound TED Talk on the power of vulnerability.

The Power of Vulnerability: Tell the Story of Who You are with your Whole Heart

Whoa. Looking for ideas and inspiration on Friday afternoon, the clouds parted and this video came to me. If you have 20 spare minutes of looking busy at your desk (or even if you don’t!), watch this. Brene Brown researched the heck out of what gives us purpose and meaning in our lives, and her findings were astounding. Check it out.

Love,
C