Homemade Sugar Scrub

Lately I’ve realized the importance of self-care.  This easy sugar scrub is a life saver in the cold winter months, and you might already have these ingredients on hand. It will help keep your hands moisturized and last all season long. Just three ingredients to make it yourself!

Note:  These also make great gifts around the holidays. Feel free to add essential oils  like lavender, peppermint,  vanilla, or sandalwood.  I’ve even added a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg for a holiday feel that smells great too! 

Yield: about 2 cups worth,  around 96 servings (per 1 tsp.)

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut oil

 3/4 cup granulated sugar……any type works well. The bigger the grains of sugar the more exfoliating it is on your skin.

1/3 cup canola oil

Preparation:

Mix all into a medium bowl and store in a jar.

To apply use 1 tsp. at a time, rub over hands generously for 15-30 seconds and rinse with warm water and enjoy softer hands in seconds. 

 Let me know what you think in the comments below! Have you made any of your own natural beauty products?

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Smoothie Bowl with Blueberry, Banana, Coconut, and Cashews

Smoothie bowls are an excellent way to start the day! Fresh blueberries, creamy bananas and Greek yogurt with a touch of cinnamon. Topped with flax-seeds, oats, cashews, and shredded coconut. This smoothie bowl is my new go to breakfast go to!

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Note: Use a dairy-free yogurt and milk found at most supermarkets.

Yield: 1 bowl

Ingredients:

½ cup plain or vanilla dairy-free yogurt

1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional)

½ banana

¼ cup blueberries

1/2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp flax-seeds

1/3 cup non-dairy milk (rice, hemp, almond, any kind you like)

Garnish:

1-2 tbsp. cashews

1 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tbsp. flax-seeds

1 tbsp. whole rolled oats

 1 tbsp. blueberries

Preparation:

In a blender combine the yogurt, protein powder, banana, blueberries, cinnamon, flax-seeds, and milk. Blend until well combined and serve into a medium bowl.

Top with blueberries, coconut, oats, flax-seed, and cashews and enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you made this recipe tag me @noshchefjulie on Twitter and Instagram!

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Heavenly Strawberry Smoothie

Ah Smoothies! I love them. When I’m post-workout, or when I want a creamy sweet treat in the Summertime I’ll whip up one of these and be on cloud nine. The combination of coconut milk, strawberries, and red grapes is so delicious!

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Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

6 frozen red grapes

1 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp. flax-seed

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Preparation:

In a blender combine the coconut milk, strawberries, grapes, flax-seed, and protein powder. Mix on high until well combined, and enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you made this recipe tag me @noshchefjulie on Twitter and Instagram!

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cantaloupe, banana, and coconut smoothie

Cantaloupe, Banana, and Coconut Smoothie

 

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After a workout or when I’m on the go I love to make smoothies. You can use this formula and mix any fruit or non-dairy milk you like. I also love using pineapple, strawberries, and spinach in my smoothies. Grab your blender and let’s get started!

Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen cantaloupe

1 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp. flax-seed

1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)

Preparation:

In a blender combine the coconut milk, banana, cantaloupe, flax-seed, and protein powder. Mix on high until well mixed and enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you made this recipe tag me @noshchefjulie on Twitter and Instagram!

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Almond and Apricot Granola

I absolutely love making granola and making it yourself is so simple and more cost-effective than buying it in the store.  I love to make it on cool mornings, it warms up the house and makes my home smell wonderful.  Granola is great for breakfast with milk, on top of yogurt, over poached fruit, and even with ice cream.

Note: If you use shredded coconut in your recipe, look for unsweetened. The sweetened coconut cooks much faster because of the sugars. If you can’t find unsweetened, bake the coconut separately on a lined baking pan for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted, and mix into the granola at the end.


Ingredients:

6 cups rolled oats

1 cup millet

1 cup raw almond slices

1 tbsp. flax-seed

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 cup dried fruit; chopped (any fruit you like, apricots, cherries, mango, or raisins)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Preparation:

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Preheat the oven to 325*F

In a small bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.

In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Fold in the wet ingredients and mix until well coated.

Lay parchment paper over 1-2 baking sheets. Spread a thin layer onto the lined baking sheets, and bake for 10 minutes. Stir mixture and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until granola is a nice golden color. Let cool and enjoy! 

Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you made this recipe tag me @noshchefjulie on Twitter and Instagram!