Essentially A Pancake Queen

Here I am, yet again, starting a post by saying it’s been awhile. But alas it has been some time since my last post. Wait no longer! I’m back with a fun one (well at least I think so).

Part of being essentially healthy and fit (a large part) is food. What foods I eat, don’t eat, occasionally eat, try not to eat and want to eat is a big part of this lifestyle. It’s a daily battle (have I mentioned I have the biggest sweet tooth ever!), one that I have won several times and lost just as many. Currently we are on a winning streak! Go Me!

Breakfast foods have got to be my favourite meals to eat. I can honestly eat a fun breakfast at any time of the day (pass me those waffles and crepes!). But many of my go to’s for breakfast don’t fit into my essentially healthy and fit life. So I was reduced to the same ol’ boring breakfasts day in and day out.

Until….. Protein Pancakes! Introducing the newest phase of my breakfast life (where have these been all my life?!). If you are like me and did not know these existed (yes, I sometimes live under a rock), I am here to share them with you! So worry no longer, you are about to learn all about this amazing breakfast (or anytime meal).

Let me start by saying I am not a cook or chef to any degree. It wasn’t until recently that I have been able to actually cook myself a meal without burning it or having it taste awful (I’m a work in progress). So if I can do this, anyone can.

One day, I was trying to figure out what to eat, while using all my will power to not eat a high carb/high sugar meal. I decided to throw 5 ingredients into my bullet blender, then throw them into a pan and cook them. Boy was I shocked beyond belief that this actually worked (remember I am not a good cook, at all)!

So this test worked and since then not only have I experimented with a variation on these 5 ingredients, I have also had pancakes for breakfast everyday for weeks! Does it get any better than that? I think not!

So wait no longer, here is my recipe and variations!

Ingredients:

1 egg

½ Banana or ¼ cup greek yogurt or ¼ cup pumpkin

(note: if using pumpkin add spices like cinnamon or pumpkin spice)

1 scoop protein powder

½ cup oats

Almond Milk or Water (as much as needed to thin out the batter to desired consistency)

Fun options: Add chocolate chips or walnuts or peanut/almond butter

Directions:

1- Put all ingredients into bowl/blender/bullet

2- Heat frying pans

3- Add oil of choice (I use coconut oil)

4- Pour batter into hot pan

5- Flip to cook other side

6- Put on plate

7- Top with fruit (if you want)

8- Eat your glorious healthy pancakes

 

There you go! Quick, easy and healthy!

Give ‘em a try and join me as I rise to Pancake Queen status (self proclaimed, of course)!

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DIY Essentials…The Series Part 1

 

Are you like me and look at something and think, “I could make that for cheaper!”?

How many of you have seen do it yourself things and thought “I can totally make that”?

Only to try and fail miserably (thanks Pinterest for crushing me yet again).  Come on, I can’t be the only person?!

DIY is extremely popular these days.  You can make anything from a flower arrangement to a couch (I even lack creativity in my DIY examples).  You can seriously “make” anything these days.  The only problem (well for me) is that, most of the time I’m left with a pile of items glued, stapled or screwed together that serve no purpose because they barely resemble what it was I was trying to make.  Who’s with me?

I am the type of DIYer that goes out, buy all the supplies to create a masterpiece, opens the “pinned” post, puts my heart and soul into it and then BOOM all my hopes and dreams are crushed when the thing looks nothing resembling what it should and serves no function at all.

I am here to tell you that, there is hope!  Hope for us wannabe DIYers!  I have found foolproof DIY recipes and the best part, they are meant to eliminate chemicals from your life!  These DIY projects are for those things used on a daily basis that put chemicals into and onto the body.  They are basically foolproof and can enhance your health and wellness.  Now this is my kind of DIY!

So I thought I would share with my fellow DIY fail-ers and those that totally rock DIY projects, some of the easiest and best ways you can do it yourself, save money AND enhance your health and wellness.

I hope you will follow me as I regularly share different recipes.

So without further ado…. I present to you my first DIY recipe.

Household (multi purpose) Cleaner

My go to product!  I always have to have a multi purpose cleaner in the house.  I hate having to switch between cleaners for every surface or room I am cleaning.  So I made this and I literally use this on everything.

Here is what you will need:

16oz. Spray bottle- I opted for an amber glass bottle (no not because of the name) so that I didn’t have chemicals from a plastic bottle contaminating my cleaner.  I used 16oz so I would avoid having to make this cleaner too often (I’m all about saving myself time).

Distilled Water- This is so cheap! Distilled water is great because it has many of the impurities removed so it won’t interact with the essential oils or add extra minerals to your products.

Vinegar- No explanation needed (I hope).

Essential Oil- I chose to use Young Living’s Purification as it is a made blend and is great to help purify and eliminate odours.  You can use different oils such as lemon, orange, clove, tea tree.  I will write all about that soon.   In the mean time, please remember to not just buy any brand of essential oils as many of them contain chemicals and additives (see my previous blogs) and that will totally defeat the purpose of a chemical free household cleaner.

 How to make:

Are you ready for this?  Be prepared to be amazed with these intricate instructions.

Step One– Take your spray bottle and open it

Step Two– Add ¼ cup vinegar (if your spray bottle is smaller than 16oz. use less vinegar)

Step Three– Add 5-10 drops essential oil

Step Four– Fill rest of bottle with distilled water

Step Five– Shake

Step Six– USE!

Could this be any easier?  Honestly, it’s easier than driving to a store and buying a cleaner.  Especially if you are like me and order your supplies online.

Give it a try!  Let me know how it works for you.  Cause, I love this DIY cleaner!

 

 

Essential Support

It can be difficult to start something new or make changes in your life.  Whether it is starting a workout program, a change in dietary habits or venturing out to try something new, all can be challenging to start.  As if starting wasn’t daunting enough, add to it trying to maintain these changes for a prolonged period of time.

If you are like me, many things get thought about, started and then slowly (or fast in some cases) stop.  How many of us have started a workout program, went strong for a while and then stopped.  Oh and don’t get me started on dietary programs! I have started and stopped those more times then I can count.

The greatest thing to keep me going is, accountability and support. From my personal experience, if I don’t have accountability and support from those closest to me, many of my life changes go by the way side.  The greatest accomplishments in my life are achieved when I have accountability and support.

Accountability is one piece of the puzzle.  But bigger than that (for me) is support.  If the people closest to me are encouraging me, interested in what I am doing and cheering me on, that drives me to stay strong and move forward.  It can be extremely difficult to try something new and maintain it, as well as, have to justify yourself or move forward alone (that’s a recipe for failure).

Recently, I’ve dove into a life of essential oils (shocker, I know). Bringing essential oils into my life is something new, has involved some changes, lots of education and involves those around me (we breath the same air).  This new venture, I hope, is the beginning of something much bigger and in order to do that, I need to support of those closest to me.

So let me say that the support and encouragement I have received from my husband as I try to enhance our health and wellness through essential oils has been a driving force.   Having him along side of me, reading the books, educating himself, adding to my business ideas and wanting to use essential oils to enhance his health and wellness, has been amazing and so incredibly encouraging!

I’m no expert or professional but I am here to tell you my personal experience and that is, when you want to try something new, venture to a new challenge or make a life change, having support will make it easier.  Having a team behind you seems to make things easier, more attainable and much more enjoyable.

I highly recommend everyone to try something new, something that can be life changing and health enhancing.  Have a conversation with those closest to you, build a team, rally the troops and form a plan. You won’t regret trying something but you might regret not trying.

And… if it’s essential oils you are interested in, want to join my team or just want to learn how they can enhance your life; I’m here to be your essential support (I’m a really good supporter! Think awesome, happy cheerleader).

Additional Note:  I usually start and write my blogs over a period of a few days to weeks. I jot down things here and there and have several ideas going at once.  Then one becomes complete and I post it.  This one in particular, I started at the beginning of the week.  Little did I know, it would mean more now than when I started.  I hope in reading this it can help anyone out there needing to work on themselves or need some change in their life.  That you can find the support system you need to move you to a wonderful, heathy life.

Here is a little carry case that I filled with amazing essential oils for my husband to take while he is away (and yes, he will use them). 

 

 

Essentially the Best Sleep Ever

Here I am again with another post to amaze you! (if I’m not, let’s just pretend!)

Let’s talk about sleep.  My favourite thing to do!  I’m pretty sure I am a professional sleeper, as I take my sleep very seriously.  I plan my life around sleeping (and napping, I don’t discriminate) and really should hold a gold metal in sleeping because I’m definitely at the Olympic level.  Alright, so now that we have established how much I love to sleep, will you believe me when I say that my sleep has gotten even better‽  No way!  Way!  (I really feel like we are having a conversation here, folks).

When I first started getting into essential oils and got my starter package, I got a diffuser. I really didn’t think I would get much use out of it other than to scent our home.  Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. Having read a lot about diffusing before and at bedtime, I thought to myself, self, why not try it?

There is an essential oil called Peace & Calming.  Seems like an appropriate name for a peaceful nights sleep, huh?  So my first trial was this oil.  I dropped 5 drops (yes just 5 drops is all that is needed) into my diffuser and turned it on.  Little did I know I was about to get the best nights sleep ever!  I woke up feeling rested and great!

Peace & Calming (by Young Living) contains tangerine, ylang ylang, bluetansy, orange and patchouli essential oils to make this unique blend that promotes deep relaxation.   Very fitting for a good nights sleep.  But it can also be used for other things like, stressful situations or meditation (soon I’ll share how I’m using it for our dog).

Since this discovery, I have been diffusing every night and have been getting the best sleeps ever.  I have tried other blends and single oils but nothing has been as wonderful as Peace & Calming.

So I had to share this find.  Because if me, the Olympic level sleeper, can enhancer her sleep, you can too!  And of course I had to share an easy way to enhance your life (I don’t want to keep all the secrets to myself).

I know you want to try it!  Who wouldn’t want a simple way to have, essentially the best sleep ever?!😝

Side Note…

Interested in this oil, other oils or a diffuser, contact me!

DIY Iced Coffee

I recently shared this video on instagram and why no one can figure out the recipes is beyond me hahahaha!


So since time lapse is so fast I thought I would share a quick post with the recipe.

Homemade Iced Coffee

1 cup Cold Brewed Coffee of choice (I used Hatch) = 17.5 calories

1/2 cup Almond Milk = 14 calories

1/2 tsp Agave Syrup = 8 calories, 2g sugar

Ice

Total= 39.5 calories (if I did the math correct hahaha)

This is 354ml as opposed to Tim’s 380ml which has 120 calories but is still a healthier option overall as the fast food place ones usually have saturated fats and such in them.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Essentially A Cook

Let me start by saying, I am in no way employed, paid to endorse or asked to promote the following product (I wish I was!).  All my posts are purely out of the goodness of my heart (aren’t you lucky?!).  I share things because they have been life changing (seriously this thing has been) or enhanced my life (it really has!) in some way and I think others could benefit form hearing my experience(s).

You may know that I am an awful cook (if you didn’t know, now you do).  I have good intentions and ideas but rarely do they turn out to be anything resembling what they should be (I can burn oatmeal).  I can however bake, oh can I bake, but that means someone has to eat said baked goods.

I have always been on a mission to learn to cook.  However, have never remotely come close to achieving this mission.  Until… the Instant Pot!  If you aren’t familiar with what the instant pot is, let me enlightening you.

The Instant Pot is a multi function small appliance.  It is first and for most, a pressure cooker.  But has the ability to be a slow cooker, yogurt maker and other things depending on your model of choice.  This post is all about the pressure cooker feature.

I, at first did not get all the hype of this little gadget and thought it was a waste of money, especially since I am missing a cooking gene.  But friends of mine convinced me to give this little pot a chance.

Enter the Instant Pot into my life.

I get this pot thing (seriously had no clue what I was getting myself into), open the box and am instantly intimidated.  So, I read online posts, join the Facebook group, scour Pinterest, do the “water test” (this is suggested to be done before starting to use it) and then I stood there.  I stared at this thing as if it would magically tell me how to use it or make me dinner.  I had no idea where to start!

 SIDE NOTE:

You should know another thing about me, I can go from “yay this is great” to “this is the worst thing ever” in about, oh, 2.2 seconds.

I instantly went into regret mode! Why did I waste my money on this thing?  I still can’t cook and this thing isn’t going to change that!  Now I’m stuck with this stupid thing, that I paid for and still have nothing for dinner!  The emotions were real.

But after a few deep breaths, help from a friend, let me tell you, once I got over the first hurdle of how the heck do I use this thing, wonderful things happened!  Things I never imagined could happen!  I CAN COOK!  Every meal I have made is edible (imagine that!).

Not only has this little pot that could, allowed me to make meals that I never dreamed I could make, it has saved me so much time!  Meals can be prepared in record time.  Would you believe it if I told you it cooks chicken breasts in 12 minutes?  Cause, it does! The Instant Pot is no joke and can help turn you into a cook, a time saver and meal prep-er (yeah I made that word up).  Honestly, if it can work for me, it can work for anybody.

Let me delight you with a list of some of the things that have been made all in my Instant Pot:

  • Chicken Fried Rice (which is basically a super good chicken, rice and veggie dish). Made this several times! SO GOOD!
  • Chicken Wings
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Let’s just say every part of the chicken I have cooked in the pot
  • Roast (pork and beef) with potatoes, veggies and gravy (yes all in the one pot) x 2 times
  • Sweet and Regular potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Cheesecake
  • Banana Bread
  • THE BEST meatballs and gravy x 3 times
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Potato Chilli x 5 times (yeah we like this one)
  • And More!

All these things were made fully in the Instant Pot (very little dishes to wash), with the help of the abundance of recipes I found online.  However, now I am at the point that I am starting to “wing” it and create my own recipes (Gasp!).  Something I never imagined in a million years possible (remember I’m missing the cooking gene).

The time and energy this thing has saved me is incredible.  So much so that I bought a second one (don’t judge)!  Yep, I am essentially a Pot Head (that’s what us obsessed with the Instant Pot are called).

Meet….

Not Essentially The Same

If you were like me, you probably thought that every bottle of essential oil was the same. I believed I could go into any store and buy an essential oil and reap the benefits.  How could an essential oil be bad for me?  How different can each company be?  Isn’t lavender, lavender?

Venturing into a healthy lifestyle can often times be daunting, frustrating, even upsetting to have to tell the good from the bad.  Many times people just give up completely.  So I am here to help!

First, let me start by telling you this… not all essential oils are the same!  In fact you might be buying and using ones that hold no benefits (maybe worse) and are really just a waste of money, but smell nice (that’s at least something).  There are many factors to consider when purchasing and using essential oils. Considerations such as how the oils are grown, cultivated, distilled and packaged.

But why is this important?  Because if you want the benefits an essential oil has to offer you don’t want it diluted in solvents or distilled to the point there is no volatile components left.  For instance, an essential oil bottle can be labeled as 100% Pure and only contain 5% essential oil! And if that 5% was distilled incorrectly (for the type of plant), there could be very little beneficial constituents left in that mere 5%.  So why bother huh?

But I don’t want to sit here and type out all the things you should want to look for in an essential oil, because lets face it, you wouldn’t sit at your screen and read it all.  So I am going to keep this short, peak your interest, encourage you to learn more and beseech (I have never used that word in my life, why not start now) you to contact me for more information.

Let me share with you personally, my continued knowledge to start you in the right direction.  I want to help you choose a brand of essential oils that will bring you all the great benefits they have to offer and to guide you through all their countless uses.  I will take the confusion away and get you started.

I am beginning this conversation and I hope you will continue it with me.