Eggs’n’Coco – Breakfast Smoothie

This is a simple, quick recipe for a nutritious breakfast smoothie that’s sure to fuel you up for the morning! 

We just bought a Vitamix pro series 750 blender so I’m liquefying everything around me these days, it’s way too much fun! ūüėä

 This recipe came out of a want to eat eggs for breakfast for my protein and fats (and not use protein powder or a meal replacement) but I didn’t feel like cooking the eggs, not even boiling them (which is usually my healthier go to option). I just wanted it done quick without having to wait 10 min for them to boil or cook, so I looked at my vitamix and said to myself,

“Blend the eggs!”

I’m sure if I google “egg smoothies” I’ll see a million recipes but it was a revolutionary thought to me, so I concocted this recipe using  raw eggs and other tasty ingredients in my kitchen and the results are A+

Eggs’n’Coco – Breakfast Smoothie

  • 2 Organic free range brown eggs 
  • 3 cups organic raw milk 
  • 1 organic banana 
  • 1 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp organic almond butter 
  • 1 tsp organic bourbon vanilla 
  • 1 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 1 tsp organic cacao nibs

Steps:

Add milk to vitamix, then add eggs, coconut oil almond butter, vanilla, cacao powder and nibs, adding the banana last.  Blend starting at position 1 and slowly moving up to 10 (5 seconds time), holding at 10 for 15 seconds. 

Drink immediately. 

Tips:
You don’t want to blend for too long because the vitamix powerful 2 horsepower motor can heat things up, and you don’t want to cook any of your raw ingredients and lose their optimal benefits. 

Yes, this recipe calls for using and drinking raw eggs. You should only do this if you feel comfortable with raw food, and raw eggs. I grew up in Romania on a farm so not many things make me squirm, eggs were super fresh (we had chickens) and I’ve eaten my fair share of odd dishes (cold head cheese anyone?) I recall my dad telling me how his uncle taught him to drink the eggs raw, because he said it was the best way to eat the eggs and assimilate all the nutrients. He taught my dad to poke a hole in the egg bottom using a tiny sewing needle and then slowly suck the egg out. I guess that keeps kids from being grossed out by the look or texture of the raw egg? 

 This receipe is definitely not as colorful as that one, but it’s way tastier and I think you’ll love it just a little more! It’s tastes like a delicious meal replacement smoothie without the heaviness of it, it goes down smooth and the vitamix pulverizes any texture the eggs and cacao nibs might once have had so it’s all homogenous in texture and delicious. You get your healthy protein and fats in perfect ratio from the eggs plus the added good fats from coconut oil and almond butter will give you extra energy. Cacao will give your body a healthy tiny amount of caffeine boost too ūüėČ 

Additional Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Cold coffee
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon power
  • 1 tsp Acai berries
  • 4 Dates
  • 1 tbsp Maca powder

I have no doubt adding these ingredients will taste great and come in handy if you want to increase the serving size of your eggs’n’coco smoothie or want to add an extra boost of mineral and vitamin rich sweetness or a touch more caffeine kick. After all it is a breakfast smoothie. And what’s breakfast without a cup of coffee? 

  

To your health, 

The Natural Ways

How to Make Home-made Nut Butter – Using the Omega 8005 Juicer!!

Hello Friends!

Today I am going to show you how to make your own nut butter! In my case I used raw almonds, but the pattern is the same for most nuts. Have a look and save this video to your youtube favorites for later reference!

Some of the benefits of Raw Almond Butter include:

РRaw butter maintain important nutrients and vitamins, unlike roasted nut butter varieties.

– Help lower your LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels, and raise your HDL, or good, cholesterol levels

РContains potassium, magnesium and calcium, all good for cardiovascular health and balancing electrolytes

– Adds fiber to your diet which can improve digestive health and help prevent disease

РProtein fuel! ALmond butter supplies about 7 g of protein per serving

The savings are incredible! I bought my raw almonds from Sprouts on sale for $3.99/lb. I used just over half a pound to make 12oz of nut butter. That’s $2/12 oz of raw almond butter, whereas in store a jar of raw almond butter can cost $6.99/12oz. That’s a HUGE DIFFERENCE! 5 whole dollars in savings!! Plus when you make it, you can be sure the nuts have not been contaminated, and are as fresh as can be!! Keep the savings at home and make your own nut butter!!

With love, and to your health,

Irina Thomason

 The Natural Ways

The Natural Ways

The Many Joys of COCONUT OIL – 121 Tips and Uses!!

Hello everyone!!

I hope everyone has made it through January with their New Years resolutions still going strong – mine was to eat healthier, and juice more, and I’ve been trying really hard. I wanted to share an amazing discovery on the road to healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle…

I’ve recently gotten ADDICTED to Coconut oil! And with good reason too – there are so many uses for it and it’s soo¬†unbelievably¬†healthy and good for you! Forget olive oil (minus when I use it on salads) I’ll be using coconut oil on everything form now on! Read below for 121 uses¬†that I complied from many different sources, including Wellness Mama, Baby Center and Family Sponge.

121 Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter (1:1 ratio)
  2. Taken supplementary for daily energy.
  3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee
  4. On the skin as a basic lotion or as a body butter
  5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  7. As an eye-makeup remover
  8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  12. To support healthy thyroid function
  13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
  14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  16. In homemade lotion recipes
  17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby – just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
  21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
  22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
  23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after a sunburn, a regular burn, a scar, acne, even on a fresh tattoo.
  26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  27. As an incredibly intensive natural hair conditioner Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
  28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
  29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s
  32.  With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
  33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
  34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
  35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
  36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
  39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
  40. Can help improve insulin levels
  41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
  45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  46. Way better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
  47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
  50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
  52. In natural homemade diaper cream
  53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  55. To season cast iron skillets
  56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  61. On split ends to de-frizz
  62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  63. By itself as a great tanning oil
  64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  67. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
  68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
  72.  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  73. By itself as a natural DIY deodorant
  74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
  75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  76. Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
  77. In homemade vapor rub
  78. As a safe cooking oil for deep-frying
  79. A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  80. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  81. As a completely natural baby lotion
  82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
  84. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
  85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
  87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  88. When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
  89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  92. On cuticles to help nails grow
  93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  94. Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
  95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
  96. In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
  97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  98.  One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
  99. Naturally clears up cold sores
  100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
  101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness
  102. Rub some inside your nose before flying anywhere, and it will keep your nose moisturized in the harsh dry climate. This helps so that your nose¬†capillaries¬†don’t crack due to dryness and allow infection to easily get in.
  103. high in lauric acid and MCFA content so it is readily absorbed as energy and not easily stored as fat
  104. increases your metabolism
  105. Can help to regulate body temperature
  106. works great for polishing stainless steel and keeping fingerprints down
  107. Add to popcorn, tastes Great!!
  108. Helps for keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin)
  109. Adds shine to hair
  110. Can counteract dry scalp, dandruff and hair-loss
  111. Reduces hair breakage and strengthens the hair shaft
  112. For extra soft skin apply coconut oil after shaving
  113. Use it as a substitute for WD-40 in the house
  114. It can remove gum from hair
  115. A teaspoon a day can improve thyroid function
  116. Maintain your wood cutting boards, wood bowls and wood mixing spoons
  117. Prevents a bleeding nose during dry season, rub a little bit on the inside of the nose
  118. Clean out your mascara brush with a little coconut oil
  119. Expecting mothers should ingest a couple of teaspoons a day to boost their immune function.
  120. During those first few newborn diaper changes, coconut oil will help remove the sticky meconium from baby’s bottom.
  121. Coconut oil taken both internally and topically can help treat the yeast that causes both thrush and candida. A little oil dabbed inside the baby’s mouth, as well as mom eating it and applying it to her nipples before breastfeeding is very effective.

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I know now after reading this list you are going to want your own coconut oil! So I’m going to share with you my favorite place to get coconut oil. It’s called Tropical Traditions and they are a family based company that works in the Philippines with the local farmers to produce and deliver quality virgin, organic and expeller-pressed coconut oils. I highly¬†recommend¬†that if you are going to start replacing everything in your house with coconut oil, like me! hehe, that you buy it in bulk! It can save a lot of money – compare $1.50 per ounce for a regular 15oz bottle of coconut oil to $0.50 per ounce for a gallon of expeller pressed organic coconut oil! Why wouldn’t you want to save some money? ¬†Oh, and they also have deals going on every month, like free ground shipping for US orders!!

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Read more for an in-depth article at how Coconut Oil can help with Alzheimer’s:¬†http://coconutoil.com/AlzheimersDiseaseDrMaryNewport.pdf

Big thank you to Welness Mama for her great article that fueled me to look for more uses, and make the switch! http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/

I hope you found this article useful! These are all amazing, diverse and wonderful uses for coconut oil! I am not a doctor, so please use this tips at your own discretion. And enjoy!! Print out the 121 uses and keep it visible, like on your fridge! Keep going strong on the road to health and the wealth that will produce in your life!

With love, and to your health

Irina Thomason

 The Natural Ways

The Natural Ways

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