Not only is it the time of year for football games and raking leaves but the stores have had Halloween costumes, treats and candy on their shelves since school started-Advertising to the sweet tooth's of our children as well as us…and we fall for it every time….but we don’t have too…
Did you know…Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. An incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays.
Eating sugary foods makes people hungry and tired, and causes them to gain weight. Refined sugar is void of minerals needed for enzymes, can cause mineral deficiencies, interferes with the actions of calcium and magnesium, increases inflammation, increases erratic brain cell firing, and has been implicated in aggression.
Additionally, sugar consumption has been associated with depression, ADHD and hyperactivity, increased triglycerides, lower HDL, and higher LDL cholesterol; it also feeds cancer cells. Brain imaging studies showed sugar causes increased slow brain waves, and a study at UCLA showed that sugar alters learning and memory.
In addition to sugar we have processed, artificially flavored and dyes to avoid to maintain the wellness of our families…
When you eat sugar, your blood sugar spikes, insulin is released, then blood sugar drops, and you crave it again and again. When your blood sugar drops, your body sees it as a state of emergency, causing you to crave food as a way to fix the situation. Sugar is the fastest way to do that. That is why when you eat sugar, you crave it more – similar to how a drug addict craves his drug.
So what do we do about it???
There are people at every end of the spectrum-those who only eat bamboo leaves and never take their kids trick or treating and those who live in a cesspool of fast food and junk food…but most of us are in-between-trying to be good moms and feed the kids right while still allowing for a good bad treat now and again..
Now we cant cancel Halloween nor can we avoid all the places that fill our pallets and those of our kids with sweet treats, artificial flavors, dyes and corn syrup but we can control what comes in and goes out of our homes.
We have a choice to give our kids and trick or treaters: chocolate bars or granola bars
Candy apples or apples with cinnamon, popcorn balls made with corn syrup or popcorn flavored with natural flavors
There are 3 ways to use essential oils-The French have been cooking and ingesting essential oils for years…Young living offers a Vitality essential oil line which is labeled with these white labels to be easily identified as safe for internal consumption.
Why vitality oils?
Essential oils can be used to burst the flavor in meals and healthy snacks you make, they are easy to use and often we don’t always have the fresh herb and spice on hand and dried ones expire usually after a year…essential oils don’t have an expiration date.
A spice can come from the root, stem, seed, fruit, flower or bark of the tree or plant. Spices can include: black pepper, cinnamon, clove, ginger, carrot seed, celery seed, dill, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg and fennel.
An herb is the green leafy part of the plant such as basil, lemongrass, oregano, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, sage and tarragon.
A plant can be host to both an herb and a spice like cilantro and coriander. Cilantro is the leaf and coriander is the seed that comes from the same plant. Citrus essential oils are housed in the rind of the fruit, it's the rind that gives the refreshing scent and bold flavor. Citrus oils can include: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange and tangerine.
Essential oils are a great way to incorporate natural flavoring without compromise.
It’s a good time to note: that we only speak of and recommend Young Living essential oils-Vitality line for internal consumption. They are labeled GRAS certified and Non-GMO. Meaning they are safe for you to ingest.
When using essential oils instead of a dried herb or spice there are a few things to take into consideration.
Dry herbs and spices carry more flavor than fresh. When you are following a recipe: ¼ teaspoon powder=3/4 teaspoon dried=2 teaspoons fresh=toothpick method for EO’s. To have better control over the amount of essential oil your putting into a recipe use the toothpick method.
This is just a guide to get you using essential oils…when we use an essential oil internally-we are receiving all the benefits of that essential oil which supports our wellness-not just tastes good-so adding essential oils to your recipes is a win-win.
What about sweeteners-we all know the dangers of processed sugar and the addiction sugar has…A better choice would be natural sweeteners like honey or pure maple syrup . Young living offers natural sweeteners as well that are De-LIC!
Blue Agave nectar is a delicious, natural sweetener preferred by health-conscious people for use in foods and beverages. It has a low glycemic index rating, making it ideal for those with special dietary needs and those who wish to avoid sucrose or artificial sweeteners. Substitute sugar or honey with Blue Agave at a ratio of approximately 1:3/4.
Organic Blue Agave is much sweeter than sugar, but with a glycemic index of only 25 (sugar has a glycemic index of 68-85). In recipes, use 1/2 to 3/4 cup in place of 1 cup sugar. You may also need to reduce the amount of liquid, just as you would for honey. Use like honey in beverages or on cereal, bread, etc.
Yacon Syrup is a natural alternative sweetener, similar to honey, maple syrup, molasses, or sugar cane syrup. Grown in the Andes Mountains and used since pre-Inca times, this delicious sweetener is the perfect choice for beverages, cooking, cereal, baking, and other recipes. Use ¾ cup in place of 1 cup sugar for recipes. You may also need to reduce the amount of liquid, just as you would for honey.
Ningxia berry-This premium, all-purpose syrup combines wolfberries and citrus essential oils with other naturally sourced ingredients such as blueberry, plum, sweet cherry, aronia, and pomegranate. The smooth, warm vanilla extract complements the tangy berries and citrus flavors for a balanced, fruity syrup—and its versatility means that you’ll reach for it again and again.
A few of our favorite fall treats with oils….
Some of our favorite vitality oils and why we love them (these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA)
- Using Cinnamon Vitality oil brings a warm taste and sensation to your favorite dishes. Helps support a healthy immune system* Has antioxidant properties* Helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen*
- Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.*
- Take a banana smoothie to a sweet new level with a drop of Cinnamon Bark Vitality.
- Use a drop to spice up your hot cereal. Substitute Cinnamon Bark Vitality in any recipe that calls for ground cinnamon.
- When taken as a supplement, Clove Vitality essential oil promotes a healthy immune response* and may support overall wellness* Perfect for adding flavor to both sweet and savory dishes.
- Substitute Clove Vitality for the ground spice in recipes.
- Bring gingerbread, molasses cookies, and spice cake to life by adding a drop to the batter.
- Combine Clove Vitality with the Vitality oils Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg in homemade cider or wassail recipes.
- Try adding a drop of Clove Vitality to a warm bowl of oatmeal for a tasty, comforting start to your day.
- Embrace the versatility of Orange Vitality essential oil as a culinary tool by using it in your cooking to brighten up or complement dishes with its citrus flavor. Use it in baked goods for an acidic contrast to the sweetness of desserts and baked goods.
- Keep your body hydrated by adding a few drops of Orange Vitality oil and other Vitality oils such as Ginger Vitality to your water for a burst of flavor. Orange Vitality combines well with other fruity flavors, making it the perfect addition to smoothies, drinks, and NingXia Red.
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How are YOU going to spice things up?