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Orange Carotene

A week has passed since Halloween candy has entered the house and my willpower has failed once again. Now that We have donated the candy to several companies the house is once again free from my kryptonite.

Started the week with one of my favorites, carrot and bell pepper. The bell pepper gives the juice an extra edge, and I like to add a dash of cayenne to give it just the right kick.

This recipe makes enough for 2 16 oz drinks. As soon as the last carrot juiced, I had a line of kids holding up cups.  I love it.

Carrots are rich in carotenes, more than all other plant foods. Making them a great food for protection from cancers and cardiovascular disease.  Great for keeping eyes and lungs healthy.

Ingredients

8 carrots

2 apples

1 1/2 red bell pepper

1 romaine head

1/2 lemon

Directions

Wash all ingredients and run through the juicer. Enjoy immediately or flash freeze for 30 minutes and then place in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 24 hours.

Bell Peppers come in a variety of bright colors and contain high levels of carotenes and are a rich source of vitamin C.

Orange Carotene
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Recipe type: Juice
Serves: 2 16 oz
 
A great juice full or vitamin C and Beta Carotene. Immune Booster and Natural Glow maker.
Ingredients
  • 8 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1½ red bell pepper
  • 1 romaine head
  • ½ lemon
Instructions
  1. Wash all ingredients and run through a juicer. Enjoy immediately or flash freeze for 30 minutes and then place in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 24 hours.

3 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Rest

There have been numerous research studies that show the importance of getting a good night’s rest. Most recently there is a correlation between using smartphones and tablets to restless and poor sleep. Here are three ways to help you achieve a better night’s rest.

  1. Aromatherapy – Smelling lavender enhances the waves in your brain that encourage relaxation. I like to put a drop on my pillow before bed or use my essential oil diffuser.
  2. Sleep Mask- For those that are sensitive to lingering light while sleeping a contoured sleep mask can make drifting off to sleep more comfortable and easy.
  3. White Noise-There are many white noise apps available on smartphones today.  They were lifesavers while the triplets were babies, I used Relax Melodies while they were infants.  It is free and has a variety of sounds.

Best thing for a good night’s rest is to turn off electronics 2 hours before going to bed. This allows your body to acknowledge it is time for sleep.

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Ice Cream

I know it is Fall, but I live in Arizona and we still have some high temps going on, so I figured what good is a list of pumpkin recipes is there is no ICE CREAM.

This is quick, simple and delicious.

Ingredients
  • 4 large or 6 small very ripe bananas (lots of black spots), frozen
  • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tablespoons of Nutella
  • Additional options: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon  and  1 tsp of vanilla.
  1. Blend the frozen bananas and pumpkin together in a high-speed blender or food processor until creamy. The bananas must be pre-frozen even if you are going to freeze the ice cream after blending. You can also add chocolate chips, 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla for some extra pizazz.
  2. Serve immediately for soft serve texture or freeze for at least 4 hours for a firmer ice cream. If ice cream is in the freezer for a while, let it soften for about 5 minutes at room temperature before serving.

 

 

Pumpkin Ice Cream
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Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Quick, simple and only three ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 4 large or 6 small very ripe bananas (lots of black spots), frozen
  • ½ cup fresh or canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tablespoons of Nutella
  • Additional options: ½ cup
  • chocolate chips, ¼ to ½ tsp cinnamon  and  1 tsp of vanilla.
Instructions
  1. Blend the frozen bananas and pumpkin together in a high-speed blender or food processor until creamy. The bananas must be pre-frozen even if you are going to freeze the ice cream after blending. You can also add chocolate chips, ¼ to ½ a tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla for some extra pizazz.
  2. Serve immediately for soft serve texture or freeze for at least 4 hours for a firmer ice cream. If ice cream is in the freezer for a while, let it soften for about 5 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Pumpkin French Toast & Apple-Maple Compote

This is a family favorite that we have enjoyed for years.  My husband and I had a weekend getaway for our five year anniversary.  We had a great time visiting the San Diego Beaches, enjoying live music at Balboa Park and dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Before we headed home, we had to find a great breakfast spot.  We love a great breakfast. We ended up going to a restaurant called the Breakfast Republic.  They served these huge French toast topped with fresh strawberries.  It was divine.

Once we were home, we reminisced about the crazy french toast.  I decided to recreate it for our kiddos.

This Pumpkin French Toast is one of the renditions of the recipe we have enjoyed for years. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Ingredients

2 loaves of Hawaiian Bread (or bread of your choice)

6 eggs

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

1 tablespoon whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon clove

dash of salt

1 cup coconut milk

juice of 1/2 lemon

 

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees F.

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Pour into a bowl.

Slice bread into 4 thick slices and quickly dip both sides of bread and place on griddle.  Bake each side for 2-3 min.

******Make sure not to let the bread sit in the egg mixture.  It will get soggy and ruin the finished product.  You simply need to quickly dip and flip the bread and dip again.*******

To keep French toast warm place in pre-heated oven

 

Apple Maple Compote

Ingredients

6 apples sliced

2 tablespoons butter

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon maple extract

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Place all ingredients (except maple and vanilla extract)  in a medium stock pot and bring to boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and let cool.

Stir in vanilla and maple extract.

 

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Pumpkin French Toast
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Delicious Pumpkin French Toast that is a family favorite.
Ingredients
  • 2 loaves of Hawaiian Bread (or bread of your choice)
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon clove
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • juice of ½ lemon
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Pour into a bowl.
  3. Slice bread into 4 thick slices and dip both sides of bread and place on griddle.  Bake each side for 2-3 min.
  4. To keep French toast warm place in pre-heated oven