Superfood Brownie Bar Recipe (Raw, Gluten-Free)

Superfood Fudge Brownie Bars with dates, walnuts, cacao, seeds and coconut oil.

When I made these bars and gave some to my kids, they actually clapped their hands in appreciation while they were busy chewing.

Not kidding, my 5 year old and 16 year old both applauded the deliciousness of these concoctions. 

Have you noticed the ever-expanding bar section of grocery stores today? There are so many different varieties and flavors from paleo to raw. 

However, it's simple to make your own bars at home - with just the ingredients you love. Personally, I am a huge fan of all things chocolate.

I also love the all-natural nut and fruit bars from the store. I've found that I can easily make my own version at home. This way I can also upgrade the quality of the ingredients to organic, and add more nutrient-dense superfoods for extra nutritional boost. 

Dates are the sole sweetener in this recipe, so it's naturally sweet and sugar-free. Organic dates are delicious and provide fiber as well as iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, Vitamin B6, and more essential micro-nutrients and minerals. They support healthy digestion and elimination of the body, promoting colon health. 

Eating dates in late pregnancy, has been linked to favorable labor outcomes. Thus I created this recipe during my recent pregnancy to make a great way to eat dates, while also balancing the sweetness with the sustaining energy of the nuts and seeds.

Walnuts provide protein as well as omega 3 essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, folate, Vitamin E, antioxidants, and much more. Walnuts are excellent for supporting the health of the brain and heart, and they may promote prostate and breast health as well. 

Raw cacao is an excellent source of antioxidants, as well as magnesium and iron. It also contains anandamide, the bliss molecule, which improves mood. High quality cacao is a superfood, and may even boost your brain power and enhance memory

Chocolate is conventionally made with cacao, sugar, and milk, but the nutritional benefits of cacao are diminished by processing, dairy, and refined sugar. Raw cacao has all the best benefits of eating chocolate, and exceptional taste. 

Hemp seeds are a highly digestible source of plant based protein. The non-psychoactive seeds of organic hemp are a nutrient-dense superfood.

Hemp seeds are rich in Omega 3's and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which have been shown to support hormonal balance and help PMS and menopause.

They are also a great source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B6.

Chia seeds are also a great plant protein source, along with fiber, Omega 3's, antioxidants, and a variety of minerals and vitamins.  

Black sesame seeds are highly valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote beauty, longevity, and youth. Postpartum women are encouraged to eat them to replenish their energy, health, and spirit.

Sesame seeds are packed with protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, and the black variety are specially prized for anti-aging. 

I love adding nutritious organic seeds to my bars for extra energy and nutrient diversity. However, if you don't have them, they are optional. 

These bars are delicious. I make double batches because they go quickly. 

Raw Chocolate Brownie Bars with dates, nuts and seeds.

Superfood Brownie Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.5 c. organic pitted dates, medjool or deglet

1.5 c. organic walnuts

1/2 c. organic raw cacao powder

1 T. hemp seeds

1 T. chia seeds

1 T. black sesame seeds

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 T. raw organic coconut oil

 

How to Make:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor, and run until everything is mixed thoroughly and has created a consistent dough that sticks together. 

Spread the dough out into a pan and smooth flat and even. I used a silicone mat on a cookie sheet to spread the dough onto. You could also form into balls.

Chill in the fridge until firm, 1 hour or more, and cut into bars or squares to serve. 

These brownie bars store for weeks in the fridge in a glass-lock container (if they last that long!). 

Enjoy! 

Superfood Brownie Bars Recipe - healthy, fast and delicious.

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The Gifts of Simplification & Self-Care

I am so excited to welcome in this new year ahead!

2016 was transformational and challenging.

I was pushed in my personal and professional life to let go of so much, including travel schedules, speaking engagements, and just about anything involving a plan.

I did not expect that my pregnancy would lead me to be nauseous and vomiting from late March through early December of this year. I was throwing up persistently through most of this entire year, for almost 9 months straight, including up 'til past 42 weeks pregnant and in labor. 

So, you can feel then, how grateful I am to have my baby in my arms and to feel GOOD again! 

Yet, 2016 brought unexpected gifts through the near constant queasiness (besides the sweetest little baby boy).  

The most valuable transformation of this year was SIMPLIFICATION.

Being no longer able to do everything all the time, I had to minimize, streamline, and organize my life and work in a more optimal way. Truly I've wanted to do this to a greater degree for a long time, but I recognize now that I have had a hard time saying no to invitations, opportunities and projects.

This year the Universe gave me an opportunity to really get to it and focus on what was most important. In order to say yes to self-care, I had to rearrange my life.

It's amazing, now that I have embraced a streamlined creative flow, I have time to breathe and enjoy my new baby, and still grow my business, serve clients around the world, and nurture my whole family.

A significant synchronicity that supported this year's minimization was the guidance by a mentor to read the book "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" - just at the same time as the first waves of morning sickness started hitting. I highly recommend it if you want to take back your time, focus on your goals, and learn how to politely avoid giving your energy away. 

The Gifts of Simplicity & Self-Care

I've also deepened my practice of the art of SELF-CARE.  

Rest, nourishment, and essential oils have all been huge supports for me this year. Through diligence and care, I kept my mind, body and emotions strong, resilient, and thriving, despite near daily nausea. I was able to manage my pregnant wellbeing through daily routines to support my energy, digestion, and spirits. 

I am so grateful for all the natural health support that I have at my fingertips, to be able to meet the always changing needs of myself and my family. 

I've been called to teach more about self care and thus created the new course this year, The Pleasure of Pampering: Sacred Sensual Self-Care for Women, sharing the powerful health promoting benefits of feminine self-care. 

As we go into 2017, I will bring with me the gifts of simplicity and self-care which I gained this year.

I am so happy to be grateful and inspired heading into 2017, and with all this new energy you can bet that I have much to share! 

I'm also incredibly grateful to all my clients and community who have graciously been patient and understanding with me this year as I was unexpectedly hit with ongoing nausea for months. Your ongoing support and caring has been incredible and appreciated!!!!

What lessons did you learn this year that you will remember in the years to come? 

I am wishing you a thriving, vibrant, creative and active new year! 

Many Blessings, 
Kara

My Top 10 Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby

Mama's Essentials

I am so grateful to have an abundance of the highest quality essential oils at my fingertips to support my current journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

I've long valued the benefits of essential oils for mamas and babies, using aromatherapy massage oils with my pregnant clients and blending beautiful labor oils and mists to bring along in my birth bag as a doula. 

The experience of growing and birthing a baby is an extraordinary one, in which a mother experiences changes physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. 

It's also a sensitive developmental period, in which women are very aware that chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pollutants, and environmental influences can effect our baby's health significantly. 

Thus, natural and pure essential oils from plants are a nurturing and gentle addition to a women's self-care tool kit during pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

In early pregnancy, my most used oils were for digestive support, emotional support and skin care. I also used other specific oils for immune and respiratory support as individual issues came up over the months. 

Here are my top essential oil recommendations for pregnancy & birth: 

doTERRA Essential Oils for Prenatal and Postpartum Wellness

Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Ginger

This spicy earthy root creates a beautiful energizing essential oil produced from fresh ginger in Madagascar. Ginger became a strong ally to me during this year, as I experienced pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting throughout the entire length of my pregnancy. Thus, ginger has been on hand - by my bed, in my bathroom, by my desk and in my purse. I have not been without ginger oil for months and months and it's been greatly valued and appreciated to calm my digestion and queasiness while also promoting courage and confidence. 

Lemon

This essential citrus oil is bright and refreshing and is a great combination with ginger to smell or diffuse. I loved diffusing ginger and lemon essential oils together in the morning first thing, to help me start off the day with greater ease. The combo is like ginger lemonade, so good! Lemon is also naturally cleansing, so a great oil to freshen the air with. 

Bergamot

Bergamot is another beautiful citrus oil which is very beneficial for boosting mood and emotions. Pregnancy can bring lots of emotions along the journey, and bergamot is one of my favorites to reach for to smell or to mix in blends for massage or diffusing to brighten my spirits. 

Peppermint

Peppermint is one of many pregnant women's favorite oils for digestive support and calming the tummy. Avoid peppermint during breastfeeding, as it could reduce milk supply. 

Cardamom

Cardamom creates a spicy sweet aroma that is very effective at suppressing queasiness, and thus another great supportive oil for the digestion. Cardamom also blends well with ginger to smell or diffuse, with a scent evoking chai. 

Lavender

Lavender is the most popular essential oil used in the world for good reason. It supports calm, relaxed feelings as well as having benefits for the skin and body. Lavender is a wonderful oil to have in your essential oil toolkit for a multitude of purposes, but especially for reducing stress and enhancing restfulness in pregnancy. 

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang is a beautiful floral essential oil that is calming and uplifting. It's a favorite oil to blend with bergamot, lavender and other relaxing oils for an emotionally balancing aromatherapy experience. One of my favorite uses for ylang ylang in pregnancy with with lavender and geranium in a warm foot bath with epsom salts and baking soda - this is a great way to ground and release stress at the end of a day, as well as to ease tired pregnant feet. 

Melissa

Melissa is the essential oil of the lemon balm herb, and thus has a lemony sweet and green scent. Melissa is a precious oil that is very gentle, yet highly effective at calming the nervous system as well as supporting the body's immune system. 

Geranium

Geranium is a sensual floral essential oil that is balancing for the skin, supportive of the immune system, and has calming and grounding effects on the mood. 

Immortelle

Immortelle is an amazing doTERRA blend of essential oils, including frankincense, Hawaiian sandalwood, myrrh, and rose, which is wonderful to massage on the growing pregnancy belly to support skin appearance and tone. 

Quality Matters

It's especially important during pregnancy to use the highest quality of essential oils available.

I use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, because they are comprehensively tested in their labs and by third-party independent labs to ensure they are of optimal purity and potency, and free of pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, synthetic chemicals, GMO's and molds.

Find out more about how to get pure essential oils here at 25% off, plus join my essential living community to help you to naturally thrive in wellness. 

Contact me with any questions! 

Many blessings, 

Kara

P.S. Thanks to Shades of Stone for the beautiful and elegant onyx essential oil holders in my photos! I love having my favorite pregnancy and birth oils ready in such a gorgeous display. 


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Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe (Gluten Free!)

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You know when you want something sweet and comforting, but what you really need is good protein and lasting energy in a snack?

How about when you want cookies but you can't decide between oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip or peanut butter? This is the cookie to solve these conundrums! 

Plus these are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free. They are full of what you want and without what you don't. 

I came up with this healthy everything energy cookie recipe to satisfy my late pregnancy cravings, with ALL the flavors, and packed with organic protein, but without any wheat flour, dairy or refined sugar. 

It's so good, and simple to make. These make a great mid-afternoon snack, and also would be perfect breakfast cookie enjoyed with a morning coffee. 

Use organic ingredients and pastured eggs for best results, nutrition and flavor! 

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Energy Cookies

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, & Refined Sugar Free

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. oats (I used gluten-free oats)
  • 1 T. coconut flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2/3 c. raisins
  • 2/3 c. dark chocolate chips

Prepare: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

Mix together the coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, peanut butter and eggs in a medium sized bowl. 

In another bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon and sea salt. 

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir together.

Add raisins and chocolate chips and mix gently until incorporated. 

Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Let cool and enjoy! 

Someone is eating up all of Mama's Mountain Energy Cookies!

3 Visionary Practices For Holistic Entrepreneurs

Do you desire to grow a business that create healing, transformation and prosperity in your life and the world?

Are you wanting to support a better future for humanity and the planet, while also growing your financial stability, resources and abundance?

Perhaps you already have a business that you want to grow but you are not sure where to focus?

I passionately believe in the work of healers, coaches, teachers, mentors, holistic practitioners, and conscious entrepreneurs.  

It is clear to me that stepping into a new paradigm of visionary thinking is needed for entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, visionaries, and changemakers to make a difference in the world.

Beyond competition there is collaboration and creativity. Beyond business plans and projections, there are people and possibility. 

Follow the calling in your soul to be of service in uplifting the world.  

To be truly successful in changing the world through conscious entrepreneurship, we must develop new business skills that embrace visionary thinking. 

Whether or not you are interested in entrepreneurship - these visionary skills are vital for successful achievement of any goals and dreams you have in your life and creative expression! 


3 Visionary Practices for Success

1. Know Your Vision

Focus on why you are investing your time, energy and passion into your conscious business creation by remembering your big vision.

When you have a compelling reason or calling that drives you forward, you hold within yourself the ability to overcome any obstacle and work through blocks or challenge to find solutions and creative possibilities.

When you feel passionately about something and can see in your mind the greatness of achieving your long-term goals, then you it's possible to attract amazing opportunities into your life and work due to the power of your vision.

It is helpful to create a physical and mental reminder of your vision. Fabulous ways to do this are through journaling and writing your goals regularly, creating a vision board you can look at each day or post above your desk, and spending time regularly to envision in your mind the details of your goals. 

2. Cultivate Intuition

Successful entrepreneurs and leaders possess an innate sense of creativity, innovation, instinct and divine guidance. This gives them the ability to get into the flow, grasp innovative ideas and be able to make quick decisions. 

This comes through cultivating a strong sense of intuition, and listening to those inner nudges that may lead to finding a pivotal book or website that propels your work to new levels, or feeling called to an event where you make synchronistic connections. 

The ability to thrive in a changing world, while being of growing service and success as an entrepreneur, is enhanced through the intuitive capabilities.

Leaders need to be tuned in on an instinctive level to feel and read into what the world needs now and in the future. 

There is a place for business plans and to-do lists, and following formulas and schedules, yet the ethereal, spiritual and creative element of intuition is vital tocreate the receptivity for great achievement. 

3. Be Resilient

The more challenging an obstacle in life is, the greater the feeling of accomplishment when having overcome it. 

People who achieve their dreams and goals are those are inspired by challenging situations, who experience life fully and keep believing in greater possibility. 

The ability to achieve sustainable long-term success, and make a big impact in the world for the greater good, comes from resiliency - the ability to bounce back, get back up, and keep looking for new possibilities in how you can be of service in the highest way. 

Entrepreneurs are all about finding solutions and exploring new ideas.

Keep trying, training, practicing, and taking action.

Don't give up. Believe in yourself. Learn new things.

New things are rarely easy right away, and new challenges will always pop up. It's how well you are able to keep moving and growing that makes a difference. 


If you have a passion, skills and vision to bring healing and transformation to the world through your service and gifts, then you have the essentials needed for holistic leadership today!

Trust that all the business skills you need to know are learnable.

You have the ability to grow your conscious business as entrepreneurship is evolving today with holistic models and technology to support us to shine our light in new ways with the world and bring people and healing together. 

Your work is needed by the world to bring change, transformation, and support for the challenges that the world faces today. 

When you trust in the value of what you have to offer, and know that it will enhance the wellbeing and empowerment of others and the whole world, it is your calling to find every way possible to share that.  

You can be successful in making your passion into your thriving career and I am completely excited about supporting you to do so!

Shine your light and share your compassion with the world, because we need you to help make the world a better place. 

There is infinite abundance for all of us, if we choose to accept it, receive it, and most importantly TRUST in it. 

There is no need for fear of scarcity or competition when you step into offering your UNIQUE gifts to the world, and through skillful communication and networking you can reach people anywhere in the world!  

So are you ready to step up and accept your divine mission to make the world a better place - and make your life better than ever?

Your new clients, community and soul family, are waiting for you to share your amazing skills and passion with them, to help make theirs lives better and solve their problems.  

Rise up and be an empowered change-making entrepreneur today! 

Wishing you abundance & vitality! 
Kara 


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The Women of Standing Rock are Midwifing a Global Movement

Indigenous Women Are Standing Strong

Women are leading the way at Standing Rock to protect the waters of North Dakota, and bringing forth a global indigenous spiritual and ecological movement, which honors the integral health and respect of the Earth and people.  

"Sacred Stones Camp was begun by women, as a prayer."
- Elders & leaders of Sacred Stones Camp 

A group of Lakota Sioux women from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including LaDonna Bravebull Allard, established the Sacred Stones Camp in April by the Cannonball River in North Dakota to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land and water supply.

The crude oil pipeline is being built through sacred lands, burial grounds and medicine harvesting sites, and is a continuation of the abuse of human rights, treaties, and nature. 

Water & Oil

The Cannonball River is a tributary of the Missouri River, the longest river in North America, and the pipeline has already been laid close to the shores of Lake Oahe, a dammed off section of the Missouri River which is the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux, as well as for millions of other people. 

The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 440,000 gallons of fracked crude oil a day through the pipeline from the Bakken Formation, which reaches through parts of Montana, North Dakota and Canada. 

The pipeline was supposed to pass the Missouri River just to the north of Bismarck, but due to the concerns about potential oil leaks polluting the drinking waters of the state capitol, it was rerouted south through land delineated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, thus putting the risk directly on the tribe's immediate and only water supply, as well as the water for the millions of people downstream.

Prayers for the Protectors

My heart and prayers are with Standing Rock and the Water Protectors who are calling for a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline which not only threatens their water, but it runs through land that was illegally taken from them. 

Through these challenging times, it is easy to wallow in feeling helpless, angry, upset and appalled at the abusive treatment of the indigenous people and water protectors, by militarized forces protecting corporate fossil-fuel interests, that is aggressively using violent tactics against women, men, elders, medics, youth and horses.

This is what indigenous people have been dealing with for hundreds of years, and this monumental gathering of indigenous people from over 300 tribes coming together in prayer and unity is an incredible demonstration of resilience, connection and the power of people to stand up for what is right.

"It’s people who are gathered together in prayer and unity and coming together for the first time, really, in history. This is a historic moment for tribal nations to come together like this. We’ve got people who are historic enemies camping alongside each other, learning to live together and be together in this space...
Private security uses dogs and mace on Native American women and children protecting sacred sites being destroyed right in front of them, while North Dakota police are watching. People are out exercising their first amendment rights and being met with militarized response in incredibly dangerous situations: guns drawn, mace, planes flying overhead...We hope grassroots media gets the real message out, that we’re gathered here in unity and prayer to stop this from happening.
- Tara Houska, National Programs Director for Honor the Earth

Women Leaders for Healing the Earth

Standing Rock is an unprecedented movement of people from global tribes and backgrounds coming together to stand up in prayer for the Earth. This is happening because of the strength and commitment of many dedicated women who have started and sustain these efforts. 

The healing of our waters and earth has a new feminine spiritual leadership, that is guiding an ecologically focused partnership model of living.

“One of the most beautiful things I feel right now, is that you see these amazing, empowered women who are stepping up and really reminding us young men, and men in general, that our role is to let the women lead, and yet, we’re their protectors and we stand side-by-side, but the women are supposed to lead with their hearts.”
- Nahko Bear, speaking about Winona LaDuke and Indigenous women leaders at Standing Rock

The strength of the women supporting this movement is inspirational. They are honoring and bringing awareness to how protection of the waters is intrinsically connected to the protection of our food, herbs, women's wisdom, birthing wisdom, children, communities, Earth, and sustainable living. 

Daphne Singingtree, a Traditional Healer & Midwife, at Standing Rock, photo by Jade Beall

Daphne Singingtree, a Traditional Healer & Midwife, at Standing Rock, photo by Jade Beall

Women's Health & Ecology

Many midwives, herbalists and healers have traveled to Standing Rock to set up health clinics and support for the camps. Women healers are speaking up about the vital nature of traditional and sacred reproductive health care and birthing support for women. 

"Sovereignty for indigenous people is only going to come about through the support of women and women’s health, in the same way that we defend and protect Mother Earth is the same way that we need to defend and protect women and the next generations of children being born."
- Carolina Reyes, Midwife at Standing Rock

The first baby was born at Standing Rock in September and has been named Mni Wiconi, meaning Water Is Life in Lakota, also the words seen all over Standing Rock and that express the heart of this movement. She was born naturally without medical assistance, a sign of great blessings upon the camp. New birthing tipis have been constructed for the more expected babies to come. 

In the heart of the sacred lands under attack, new life is coming forth, dedicated to continuing the protection of water and health. 

The Energy Fueling Sexual Violence

What's happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline is a continuation of the abuse and violation of the rights and health of indigenous people which perpetuates both the raping of the Earth and women. 

"The way we treat the earth is inseparable from how our society treats women."
- Tracy Rector

The Bakken formation in North Dakota, as well as other sites of extreme extraction, have become lawless "man camps", which are already hubs for violence and sex trafficking of women, girls and boys, particularly affecting the indigenous population. This is well documented in a submission to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on "Extreme Extraction and Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Great Plains." 

In North Dakota, extraction from the Bakken deposits has increased over 300 times since 2006, and human trafficking and violence has similarly risen in the state.

Many indigenous women have been forced into prostitution or become victims of trafficking, and there is inadequate funding of the Tribal police and legal system to combat the influx of criminal activity led by national and international drug cartels due to the labor camps.  

Uniting for the Earth & Health

It is so important to pay attention to how women's leadership and health are integral components to the Dakota Pipeline opposition, and how environmental racism impacts indigenous women disproportionally. 

Women are strong, women are healers, and will keep this movement going forward. Midwifing a healthy future for all the generations to come is a sacred path that women and men from all backgrounds are called to.

The connections and movement that is happening at Standing Rock is creating new relationships among global tribes that will support all future stands against fossil fuels and the destruction of sacred lands and health. 

There will continue to be prayer, the grandmothers and elders will always remember the sacred ways of healing. 

No matter how much of traditional ways has been lost, the time is now for rebirth.

People are coming together at Standing Rock, to protect the water and indigenous rights, and in the process have created a model sustainable village with schools, kitchens, wind turbines, solar panels, health clinics, birthing spaces, ceremonial circles, and are sharing wisdom for sacred and sustainable living.

Water is the "first medicine;" it sustains us in our mother's womb, Spotted Eagle says. It's used in ceremonies to heal people. The steam it gives off in a sweat lodge, for example, purifies. Water can clean a spirit when it's bleeding. It can calm a person and restore balance.
- Faith Spotted Eagle, quoted on CNN

Water is healing.

Through the protection of our water, we can find a way to bring healing to the earth, to people, and spiritual feminine leadership is bringing light to the way. 

Mni Wiconi - Water is Life! 

Carol, from the Pauite Tribe, photo by Jade Beall

Carol, from the Pauite Tribe, photo by Jade Beall


Photography by Jade Beall 

Jade Beall is a mother and world-renowned photographer from Tucson, AZ, creator of A Beautiful Body Project, and dedicated to celebrating truthful images of women's beauty. Find her work at: www.jadebeall.com 

Cover photo of Dona Lyn, from Southern New Mexico, facilitating support, prayer and ceremony on the front lines of Standing Rock. 


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Essential Oils for Premier Wellness

Essential Oils for Premier Wellness

Since the times of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, to the Queens of the medieval ages, to modern aromatherapy - essential oils are an integral part of herbal traditions. They are pure preparations of the aromatic compounds of therapeutic plants, that store the sacred plant essence for years.

I love honoring the plants through using the oils and am grateful for the healing energy they provide to my family. While I will always enjoy drinking herbal teas and infusions, wildcrafting herbs from local plants around me, and infusing my culinary and healing arts with the power of raw and cooked plants - the pure distilled essential oils have a special, lasting and unique role in the herbal arts that is easier and more powerful to use for body, home and family care. 

I want to share with you today, why I choose to use doTERRA essential oils.

I did a TON of research into the top essential oils available today and am really confident and proud to be using doTERRA essential oils. They are beyond organic - they are thoroughly tested for pesticides, heavy metals, molds, toxins, synthetics and for therapeutic potency from the distillery to factory to bottles. They are the ONLY essential oil company that rigorously tests their products AND has every batch of their oils and products all tested and verified by the 3rd party labs too.

Through their quality assurance brand of CPTG - Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, they promise to uphold the highest standards in the essential oil industry for purity and potency, and then back that up with each oil batch being tested 5 times by the best independent labs.

The essential oil industry is unregulated, so the majority of oils you get on the market are diluted or cut with synthetics, some of these synthetics are neurotoxins. This is a BIG issue for me, as I want to have the peace of mind knowing the essential oils I use on my body and my family are effective and clean. 

The oils we can buy at the store only have to have 10% essential oil in them to be labeled as pure. I've taken my doTERRA essential oils with me to the fancy natural food stores and compared the aromas directly with all the top competing grocery store brands, and the difference in smell alone is dramatic! 

They are also working directly with their farmers and distillers around the world through their Co-Impact Sourcing practices which does great work in supporting farmers and their communities, often in very poor areas. For example, in Haiti, they have built a well, school, and plant facilities for the village they are working with, and supporting them to hire many more families and create a financially secure future, and more. 

DoTERRA also has a non-profit foundation called the Healing Hands Foundation that is doing incredible work building birth centers, health clinics, schools, greenhouses, wells and investing in small business owners around the world. I am really excited about the emphasis that doTERRA puts on supporting sustainable agriculture, communities, farmers, and essential oil education.  

I am profoundly moved by what this company is doing to transform healthcare globally, they are collaborating with doctors, scientists and universities worldwide, conducting tons of research into essential oils.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

This simple healthy fudge recipe has 6 real food ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to put together. Then all you have to do is wait until it firms up in the fridge to cut and eat. 

While satisfying chocolate cravings and having a luxurious smoothness, this fudge also has protein, healthy fats and minerals to replenish and nourish. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Indulge in Healthy Ingredients

This fudge treat tastes so good and is a healthy alternative to help me bypass the tempting displays of chocolate peanut butter cups at the grocery store.

Even chocolate bars and cups made with fair-trade or organic chocolate may have refined sugar or soy lecithin in them. 

If you want to indulge in a chocolate treat - make it yourself. That way you know that the ingredients you are using are the highest quality and you'll save money. 

I always choose the highest quality ingredients, go for organic and raw as much as possible, for the best taste and nutrition. 

Organic Raw Cacao is the pure bean that chocolate comes from, before all that sugar and milk is added to it to create conventional chocolate. The cacao bean is a superfood packed with flavanoids, which are antioxidants that support heart health and more, as well as theobromine and anandamide which boost mood and uplift emotions. Cacao is also high in magnesium and B vitamins, which may be why many women crave it before their cycles. 

Choose wisely to nourish your health! 


Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fridge Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter, smooth (or nut butter of your choice: almond, macadamia, etc.)
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil (melted in a glass container in a bowl of hot water if needed)
  • 3/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1 c. raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth, then pour and spread into a glass container. Cover and chill in fridge until firm. Cut into 1" squares and enjoy cold. Store in fridge. 

Enjoy!

Be well, 

Kara


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