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Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Posted on November 24th, 2011 | 4 comments

The holidays are here, along with the season’s cravings for sugary sweets. The fall and winter months include all of our favorite celebrations, but unfortunately these parties, dinners, and get-togethers entice many of us to overdo it on rich foods. Instead of overindulging or depriving myself, I like to combat comfort food temptations with healthy alternatives.

I embrace the sinful seasonal favorites and turn them around for the good with better, more healthful ingredients. Why eliminate flavors and textures from our diets when we were blessed with taste buds to enjoy the gifts of sweet, spicy, salty, pungent, and bitter?

 

—Chef Mandy

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1/3 cup raw sprouted buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sprouted white jasmine rice flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sprouted quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax meal
  • 1/3 cup lacuma powder
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked 8 hours and rinsed
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 drop YLTG cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

I like to use the Flour of Life brand of flours, which can be found at your local health food store. Combine the first six ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Blend remaining ingredients in a Vita Mix and combine with the dry mixture. Wrap in plastic, parchment paper, or foil and chill to firm. Place chilled dough between two solid dehydrator sheets. Flatten with a rolling pin or press with an offset spatula over the top sheet until a square is formed one inch from each side.

 

Cranberry Walnut Filling

  • 10 plump Medjool dates
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 drop YLTG cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond flavoring
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Blend first nine ingredients in a Vita Mix. Place into a mixing bowl and fold in the raisins and nuts. Spread the filling over the dough. Roll into a cinnamon roll, pushing the bottom solid sheet forward to help the process. Freeze the roll wrapped in the solid sheet until firm. Slice and place on a solid sheet. Dehydrate at 105° for three hours and flip onto mesh sheets. Continue drying for four to six hours, or until desired texture is reached.

Orange Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup whole cashews, soaked 2 hours and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 15 drops YLTG Orange essential oil

Blend ingredients in a Vita Mix. Spread on cinnamon rolls. Optional: Pour into a small Springform pan and refrigerate to firm.

Christmas Spirit Glaze

  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 drops YLTG Christmas Spirit essential oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cranberries

Combine ingredients in a shallow bowl and reduce in a dehydrator for 4 hours. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls.

Slique Winners

Posted on November 21st, 2011 | no comments

The question on everyone’s mind: “Who is the winner of the Slique® Tea giveaway?” Well the time has come to make the announcement. Drum roll please… Congratulations to Pam R., Pat P., and Jody R. They were the randomly chosen winners!

Now that the contest is wrapped up, we can talk about one of the best times of the year, Thanksgiving.  Who doesn’t get excited about some of the most delicious food of the year, turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie? And don’t forget seconds! But with great food comes great regret.  It seems like I always eat myself into a coma.  Now I’ve been told on several occasions that the brain needs 15–20 minutes to tell the body that you are full and satisfied.  Taking that into account, it’s 15–20 minutes of eating that probably shouldn’t have happened. For the three winners, Slique Tea is an obvious answer. Luckily for the rest of us, some of Young Living’s essential oils have beneficial properties we can fall back on.

Grapefruit essential oil—When diffused, grapefruit’s properties include refreshing, uplifting feelings and a triggered sense of fullness, which can help to curb the desire to gorge past a healthy capacity.

Spearmint essential oil—Spearmint oil has been used to assist digestion.  Similar to grapefruit, spearmint has been known to curb appetite while adding feeling of balance and well-being.

DiGize™ essential oil blend—DiGize is blended with the highly favorable digestive aids peppermint, fennel, and patchouli oils that work collectively to help relieve digestive problems.  This oil is best used to combat those moments where you may have overdone it at the dinner table.

The floor is yours! Share the favorite products you use below that will keep you healthy this holiday!

Marco Colindres III—YL Associate Product Marketing Manager

The ABC’s of Enlightenment

Posted on November 14th, 2011 | 5 comments

Sometimes, even in the midst of a mistake, discovering takes place. This was illustrated to me on a day when I decided to explore the properties and benefits of Young Living’s Awaken™ essential oil blend. After opening a bottle, I poured some oil into a 1-ml container. Unfortunately, an unsteady hand sent half of the bottle spilling out over the table. Thinking quickly, I applied the spilled oil to the back of my neck, hairline, wrist pulses, soles of my feet, and temples. By the end of the day, I looked back and noticed I had accomplished a lot more than usual, procrastinated far less, and in general could sustain work with greater ease allowing me to accomplish long-awaited projects.

The next day I applied Awaken, this time 1–2 drops on same areas, and applied Believe™ on my heart chakra and third eye. Believe is a beautiful blend of Idaho balsam fir, rosewood, and frankincense. As a blend, Believe helps release the unlimited potential we all possess. A few minutes after applying both essential oil blends, my prayer was simple: “I am a vessel of God’s light. May every action, every thought, every feeling, every belief, every moment be filled with the light of God and may all that I am and do today be of value to all of life.” This set the direction for my day and recognized the importance of hope and belief in the unlimited potential that lies within.

On the third day I applied Awaken and Believe and diffused Citrus Fresh™ to introduce a fresh and clean scent into my office. Citrus Fresh contains orange, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, and spearmint. While each has multiple properties, together they help with anxiety while stimulating the right side of the brain to amplify creativity. Between diffusing Citrus Fresh and applying Awaken and Believe, enlightenment becomes as simple as ABC to experience the amazing wonders of our creative potentials each day.

Enlightenment can occur every moment—and with the addition of precious essential oils we seem to be able to go far beyond what we thought was possible. The impossible now appears achievable with just a bit more effort! May your days be filled with wonder and as you apply one drop of nature’s gifts; allow the highest thoughts of gratitude to fill your soul and every cell of your being. Now spend the rest of the day rejoicing!

Nancy Weber

Benefits of Tea

Posted on November 11th, 2011 | 261 comments

Second only to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage around the globe. Its desirable taste and relaxation and weight-management effects are just a few of the reasons why. These qualities found in tea can be traced to a unique, naturally occurring, and neurologically active amino acid known as L-theanine.

L-theanine is a free amino acid found almost exclusively in tea plants. It is the predominant amino acid in green tea leaves, giving green tea its pleasant, savory taste. Contrary to the stimulating properties of caffeine, L-theanine acts antagonistically against caffeine on the nervous system, creating a sense of relaxation and heightened mental awareness 30 to 40 minutes after consumption. An additional lesser-known benefit of L-theanine is its positive effect on stress and anxiety, which have been linked to infections, weight gain, and depression.

Studies have shown L-theanine may also mitigate the harmful effects of stress. Instead of causing drowsiness or promoting sleep, it accomplishes this while producing a calming effect and sharpening mental acuity. In fact, L-theanine has been shown to induce a deeply relaxing effect without the sedating effects of relaxing agents. It has even been found that L-theanine actually increases energy levels while reducing anxiety! 1

In an effort to get you enjoying your next cup of Slique Tea™ sooner, we would like to give away three boxes! Winners will be selected randomly from the list of individuals who leave a comment on this blog regarding Slique Tea. Just think: you are one step closer to adding Slique Tea as a weight-loss staple and experiencing a delicious drink that calms the body and soothes the soul through a wonderful little amino acid know as L-theanine.

—Jason Giles, YL Product Manager

 

1 Egashira N, Ishigami N, Pu F, et al., L-Theanine relieves positive, activation, and anxiety symptoms in patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder: an 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 2-center study, J Clin Psychiatry 2010;71:1-9.

Haskell CF, Kennedy DO, Milne AL, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB (2008). “The effects of l-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood”. Biol Psychol 77 (2): 113–22. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2007.09.008.

Mason R. 200 mg of Zen; L-theanine boosts alpha waves, promotes alert relaxation. Alternative & Complementary Therapies 2001,April; 7:91-95.

Juneja LR, Chu D-C, Okubo T, et al. L-theanine a unique amino acid of green tea and its relaxation effect in humans. Trends Food Sci Tech 1999; 10:199-204.

Blue Agave Winners

Posted on November 3rd, 2011 | 5 comments

Congratulations to Charity S., Melissa S., and Mary R. for being randomly selected as winners in our recent Blue Agave blog contest. We loved hearing from everyone who shared their love for this wonderful product!

Many have commented on their favorite recipes containing Blue Agave. I thought it would be fun to share a few of them. I hope you enjoy!

Oh, and I almost forgot: I stumbled across a box of Slique™ Tea that I plan on using as a giveaway next week. Stay tuned!

“Raw” Chocolate Candy
Ingredients:
125 g cacao butter
5 tablespoons cacao powder
3 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
2 tablespoons Young Living Blue Agave
A pinch of salt
3 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil

Melt cacao butter. I suggest using a hot water bath and grating the cacao small to melt it. Next add Blue Agave and salt and mix well. Then add powders and the peppermint oil. Mix well and do a taste test. Pour mixture into ice cube molds and put into freezer for 30–60 minutes. Once the chocolate has hardened, get it out of the freezer and let it sit for a while at room temperature. Never eat ice cold chocolate; you won’t taste all the magnificent flavors!

Coconut Oil Nut Butter Fudge
Ingredients
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
2–4 tablespoons nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.) (peanut butter is my preference)
4–6 tablespoons cocoa powder or carob powder (more cocoa = a darker chocolate fudge)
2 T Young Living Blue Agave
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Gently heat coconut oil until liquid. Stir in all remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour onto parchment paper lined pan and freeze until solid. Cut or break into pieces and enjoy! Any leftovers must be kept refrigerated or frozen to stay solid.

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager