Homemade Crunchy Granola

Yogurt for dinner. This is the kind of dinner I have when my husband is gone. I make random dishes that he doesn’t enjoy: lentil soup, rice and beans, vegan chili, and many plant based recipes on my mind. Now, to be fair: my husbands loves his veggies, but he also loves his meat. So, when he’s gone, we pretty much go plant based because that’s my jam. Plus, I finally found a dairy free yogurt that I love: So Delicious. It’s a coconut milk based yogurt. I like to buy plain and then sweeten it myself.

So, one evening we wanted yogurt for dinner. The kids thought it was a fun idea, and I always think of the movie Julie + Julia when I eat this. However, if you’re gonna have yogurt for dinner, you need all the toppings to go with it. (If you give a mouse a cookie…).  We had plenty of berries, honey, chia seeds… but we didn’t have any granola. Now, I’ve made homemade granola in the past, but I’ve never been able to get it “clumpy,” and all clumpy granola recipes I was finding was using egg as the binder. Now, I’m not 100% vegan, but I like to limit the amount of animal products I eat (except honey, there are so many health benefits, I still use it often).

I finally stumbled upon a recipe by COOKIE + kate that promised clumpy granola without using eggs. I tweaked it a little, and my kids and I love it. Today, I’m sharing my version of this recipe with you… but first, look at the “clumpiness!”

 (Then just break it into the size you want!)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I used pecans and walnuts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 liquid sweetener (I used half honey and half maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl, and add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix really well to ensure it’s well incorporated.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and pour granola onto the sheet. Make sure to pack it really tight together to help it clump together.
  6. Bake for a total time of 22 minutes, and stir halfway through.
  7. Allow it to cool completely before breaking it up. This will ensure it clumps.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • I know honey isn’t vegan, but I still use it regularly as it has many health benefits. Feel free to use all maple syrup or agave to make this recipe 100% vegan. You do you.
  • Technically, this is a gluten free recipe, but some oats still contain gluten, so make sure your oats are safe if you have a gluten allergy.
  • Pretty much anything can be substituted or added to this recipe, you may just need to make a few adjustments! Some optional add ins are: dried fruit, seeds, and additional spices.

Enjoy this granola over your yogurt, in your bowl of almond milk (check out my easy homemade recipe), or just on its own as a snack!

Check out the poll I did on Instagram. The amount of people that find it acceptable to eat yogurt for dinner is pretty even, so how about you: Yogurt for dinner?

 

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doTERRA May 2018 Promos

Just like that May is upon us. Is anyone else spring cleaning right now? We are working on deep cleaning our home, and decluttering before school gets out. doTERRA has some amazing specials going on this month that can help support your family’s health, and can offer some awesome natural cleaning products too!

Product of the Month (POM): Did you know that doTERRA offers a FREE Product of the Month, every single month? All you have to do is place a qualifying Loyalty Rewards order, and this product will automatically be added to your cart. No promo code needed.

This month only you can get a bottle of doTERRA’s Rosemary essential oil for free with your LRP. This is an essential oil I keep in my kitchen with my spices! You can use Rosemary aromatically, internally, and topically. It’s great to diffuse to clear up congestion and sinuses. I actually have it diffusing in my home right now! I also like to rub a drop on my chest before working out to open up my airways and help me breathe clearly. 

Rosemary is also great for supporting a healthy digestive system, and a healthy respiratory system. Rosemary is also great to use right now, because it helps you maintain your focus and keep you alert and focused. It’s perfect to use during finals! 

Highlighted Product: doTERRA also offers a product at 10% off every month. This month is their OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate. Incorporating doTERRA’s all natural and chemical free cleaners are a great way to take care of the environment in your home. Many typical cleaners you find at the grocery store are filled with yucky toxins and chemicals. Ditch those cleaners, and go for doTERRA’s OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate. It’s super affordable, and the bottle with last you a long time!  

For those of you interested in learning more about the effects of household cleaners, I recommend watching The Human Experiment on Netflix. It’s extremely eye opening, and informative. 

May 200PV Promo: This doesn’t happen every month, so you want to make sure to jump on this sort of deal while you can. This month only, if you order 200PV worth of products, doTERRA will send you FOUR free products this month: OnGuard Sanitizing Mist, OnGuard essential oil, Wild Orange essential oil, and OnGuard Toothpaste. Y’all, I use all four of these products every day in my home. I definitely took advantage of this promotion and stocked up on our essentials!

Bonus from ME!

Just to sweeten the deal, here is what I have to offer when you choose to start your doTERRA journey with me:

  • Welcome gift (personalized roller bottles, recipes, and other oily goodies)
  • Private access to my team’s Facebook group (a wealth of oil knowledge)
  • Free Wellness Consultation (a chance to really dive deep into your health goals)
  • Continued Support (to answer your questions in real time from a real person— ME!)

Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Join & Save” to get started.

Which one of these promos are you taking advantage of this month? Share below in the comments!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Self Care Series: Sleep

I’m sure many of us have heard this before: You need to take better care of yourself. This may sound surprising considering my passion is health and wellness, but it was something that was coming up a lot for me lately. I was still providing my body with good foods, quality essential oils, and amazing supplements, but there were some key elements I was missing. I am just a few weeks into this, and I already feel a difference. So, I decided to share my personal experience with y’all, and start a self care series.

Today’s focus will be on sleep. Sleep has always been something I could easily sacrifice, but that doesn’t mean I should! When I was 12 years old I developed insomnia for over a year, so I was normally running on 2 or 3 hours a night. In high school and college pulling “all nighters” to study for exams or finish writing essays was the norm for me. Once motherhood came along, a lack of sleep had just become a part of life. I would throw phrases around, like Sleep when you’re dead… Sleep is for the weak… 10:00PM – 1:00AM are my office hours. I normally would stay up super late, and then just crash at midnight or 1:00AM. Y’all, my kids are up at 6:00AM, and 5 hours is NOT enough sleep for this 31 year old mama. I may have been able to function on that 10 years ago, but that is just not the case anymore.

Eventually, your body will show signs of wear and tear. (And please here me out on this, all you achievement driven people like myself: THIS IS NOT A WEAKNESS. Good grief, when did I start believing if I got 8 hours of sleep I wasn’t being productive enough? What a load of crap! Our bodies were designed to sleep for 8 hours a day.) If you are looking for a natural solution to help your body get a good night’s sleep, try using doTERRA’s Serenity (Restful Blend) products. You can find them at mydoterra.com/amandagerber.

Are you wondering what a lack of sleep actually does to your body? Well, let me tell ya:

  • Brain Fog & Memory Retention: When we sleep, we are giving our mind a rest. Just like our muscles need to rest overtime, so does our brain. If we aren’t giving our brain enough time to rest, then metal fatigue and brain fog sets in. You can also become forgetful, and your short term memory may suffer. For additional support, consider dropping 1 drop of doTERRA’s Frankincense under your tongue to promote a optimal brain health.
  • Weight Issues: If you’re someone who is trying to lose weight, then you definitely need a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that an inadequate amount of sleep can prohibit your body from shedding pounds. For additional support, consider using doTERRA’s Slim & Sassy products to support a healthy blood sugar and metabolism.
  • Aging: Too little sleep can increase signs of aging. This can include fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and circles under your eyes. Many times, what is happening on our skin is the reflection of what’s happening internally as well. For additional support, use doTERRA’s Immortelle (Anti-Aging Blend) to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Emotional Suffering: If you’re not getting enough sleep for your body, then you will probably be quick tempered, moody, or suffer from mood swings. Now your lack of sleep is affecting everyone around you, especially your family. For additional support, try out some of doTERRA’s blends of oils that support your mood and emotions: Peace, Balance, Elevation, or Cheer.
  • Weakened Immune System: A lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, and make you more likely to catch various colds, or viruses that are in your area. For additional support, use doTERRA’s OnGuard (Protective Blend) and Melaleuca to support a healthy immune system.

I decided recently to make a change. I recognized how my lack of sleep was affecting not just me, but my family as well. So, I decided to get 8 hours of sleep a night. For the most part, I have been sticking with it. Have I noticed a drastic change? No, but nothing ever happens overnight. (See what I did there?) Plus, I was already feeling pretty good, so this is something I’m implementing for the long term benefits. Although, I have been noticing I am able to stay on task more without being distracted, so I am enjoying that!

Bonus from ME!

For those of you curious about the doTERRA essential oils I mentioned, here is what I am offering when you choose to start your doTERRA journey with me (and this month only doTERRA is throwing in $50 in FREE essential oils with any starter kit!):

•Welcome gift (personalized roller bottles, recipes, and other oily goodies)

•Private access to my team’s Facebook group (a wealth of oil knowledge)

•Free Wellness Consultation (a chance to really dive deep into your health goals)

•Continued Support (to answer your questions in real time from a real person— ME!)

Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Join & Save” to get started.

Which one of these promos are you taking advantage of this month? Share below in the comments!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I wanna know! How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

doTERRA’s Mother’s Day Collection

Ok friends, I am going to real with y’all: I am putting this blog post together way last minute. I almost didn’t write it, but this deal is too good not to share. So, just a heads up: this will be quick and to the point!

So, doTERRA has released their limited time Mother’s Day item this year, and I love it! It’s called, Harmony: Aroma Handcraft Collection. It features three rare essential oils: Green Mandarin, Pink Pepper, and Star Anise. It also includes 2 empty roller bottles, 10 pipettes, and a recipe booklet with write on labels. Look how cute it is!  Get yours before it sells out.

Green Mandarin essential oil is distilled from just that: green (unripened) mandarins! It can be taken aromatically, topically, and internally. It can help soothe the nervous system, promote healthy immune function, and is known for its cleansing abilities. It has a sweet citrus aroma that can be diffused for an mood or energy uplifting boost.

Pink Pepper essential oil can be used aromatically, topically, and internally. Its known for supporting a healthy metabolism and immune system when taken internally. It can also calm the nervous system, and promote healthy cellular function.

Star Anise essential oil has sweet and spicy aroma. It can help promote feelings or relaxation and support a healthy digestive system when taken internally. You can use this oil internally, topically, and aromatically as well. Star Anise can also promote a healthy cardiovascular  and immune system.

Y’all, don’t these oils sound amazing? I just ordered mine today, and I can’t wait to try them out. You can order yours at mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Special Offers” to see the kit. If you are currently not working with a doTERA Wellness Advocate, and would like some help ordering and getting education on doTERRA’s products, I would love to help!

Bonus from ME!

Just to sweeten the deal, here is what I have to offer when you choose to start your doTERRA journey with me:

•Welcome gift (personalized roller bottles, recipes, and other oily goodies)

•Private access to my team’s Facebook group (a wealth of oil knowledge)

•Free Wellness Consultation (a chance to really dive deep into your health goals)

•Continued Support (to answer your questions in real time from a real person— ME!)

Simply go to mydoterra.com/amandagerber and click “Join & Save” to get started.

Which one of these promos are you taking advantage of this month? Share below in the comments!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Intimacy Blends

Hey y’all! I know this is quite unusual for me to do TWO blog posts back to back, but I wanted to give you a couple of blends you may want to us tonight. These two blends are intended to help support a healthy libido, so if you need a little help getting in the mood tonight, try it out! They can also help encourage a healthy emotional connection between you and your significant other.

I’ll go more in depth about these particular doTERRA essential oils, why they work to encourage intimacy, and how they work together in a later post. I just thought y’all might want these for tonight.

You can put the drops listed below in a roller bottle, top with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and roll on pulse points as needed. If you are struggling to emotionally or physically connect with your spouse on a regular basis, then you might want to consider making these oils a part of your daily routine to help build that connection.

Here ya go!

          

P.S. These are not my original recipes. I got these from The Essential Life book, but I did make these cute graphics!

What’s your go-to essential oil for inspiring intimacy?

Almond Milk Recipe

Ok, y’all, now I’ve started making my own almond milk I’m not going back to store bought almond milk. There’s just no comparison, you guys. The taste is smoother and cleaner. My husband, who never liked almond milk before, actually likes this almond milk! So, just take my advice and go do it! It’s so easy to make, and you’ll have NO regrets. I got my recipe from Kris Carr. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just want to start eating healthier, go check her out.

Here’s how easy it is. You ready for it? Let’s go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 2 pitted dates
  • Pinch of salt
  • Nut milk bag
  • Glass jar with a lid for storing.

Directions:

  1. Soak your almond for 6-8 hours. This not only makes them softer for your blender, but helps with digestion as well.
  2. Drain your soaked almonds, give them a rinse, and place in a blender.
  3. Put the filtered water, dates, and salt in the blender.
  4. Blend for a good 2 minutes.
  5. While it’s all blending, line a large bowl (needs to hold at least 32 ounces of liquid) with your nut milk bag. I like to use a liquid measuring bowl so I can easily pour it.
  6. Once it’s all blended, pour into your lined bowl.
  7. Squeeze the milk out of the nut milk bag. You’re basically “milking” the bag to make sure you get all this liquid gold. You should get 32 ounces.
  8. Store in a glass jar with a lid for up to 3 days.
  9. Enjoy on it’s own, in your morning coffee/tea, or anywhere else you like to use almond milk!                                                             

Now, I’ve love to know… what’s your favorite nut milk? I might have to try to make them all!

doTERRA Holiday Gifts: For Every Budget

Y’all… Christmas is ten days away. TEN. How did this happen? Are you scrambling like I am to get our last minute Christmas gifts under your tree? Well, I’d love to share with you today how you can give your loved one some amazing gifts this year!

doTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy Touch System: I absolutely LOVE doTERRA’s Touch line. These are their same, well loved, proprietary blends of essential oils, but they are diluted in a 10mL roller bottle. This makes it super easy to apply, you can carry it with you in your pocket or purse, and have it ready for younger kids or loved ones with sensitive skin. I like giving the Emotional Aromatherapy oils as gifts because most people begin their essential oil journey with the emotional blends. This gives them some extra goodies to enjoy and a way to take care of their emotions naturally and effectively. These are super affordable too. You can purchase them individually for as little as $13 wholesale, or get the whole kit for only $100 wholesale!

doTERRA Spa Replenishing Body Butter: Have y’all tried this yet? It’s amazing. It’s so smooth, creamy and moisturizing. It leaves your skin soft, but not greasy. It smells heavenly and is made with Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Douglas Fir, and Frankincense so you’ll uplift your mood too! Who doesn’t love a little self care products? This is only $17.50 wholesale and is a big crowd pleaser.

doTERRA Exfoliating Body Scrub: This is a natural body scrub that helps to exfoliate and polish your skin. It has Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Ginger so it can also helps to reduce blemishes while you use it. It’s another great gift that’s only $19.50 wholesale!

doTERRA Personal Care Products: Hello, perfect stocking stuffers! Did you know doTERRA has an array of natural based personal care products? They’ve got lip balms, soaps, shampoo and conditioners, lotions, and toothpaste! These babies start at just $6.50 wholesale, and may of them are cheaper when you buy them in packs of three. There’s something for everyone’s stocking!

DIY: My friends, I’ve got some fun DIY recipes on this blog, but doTERRA has a TON on their website. You can find their blog through my business page mydoterra.com/amandagerber and you’ll find all sorts of ideas for bath salts, body scrubs, face masks, and MORE! Making your own gifts are fun, and very cost effective.

I wanna hear from you! What are some doTERRA items you’d love to receive for Christmas?