HOLIDAYS: THE HEALTHY, HOMEMADE WAY
1. Infused Oils. The cooks in your life will devour these infused oils, bottled with love. Place dried herbs of your choice in a sterilized, dry jar and cover with olive oil. Place the jar in a saucepan and fill the pan about a quarter full of water. Let it simmer for about four to six hours. Remove the jar and cool completely before labeling. Get creative with your label and be sure to date the mixture and list the ingredients.
3. Healthy Homemade Granola in a Jar. For the person who always seems to be on-the-go, give a gift that will keep them energized and running at peak performance no matter where they are. There are tons of homemade granola recipes floating around the internet, and you can pick any one of them. To make it healthy, be sure to use only organic, additive-free ingredients. The great part about this gift is that all it takes is a trip to your local natural grocery store, a mixing bowl, an oven, and a jar to put it in. Suggested mix: Dried cherries, pineapple, and cranberries, almonds and cashews, toasted oats, and cacao nibs.
4. Natural Skin Care Mask. You can help the women in your life beat dull winter skin by giving them the gift of an all-natural skin care mask made of cranberries and yogurt. It’s so simple! Puree a half-cup of cranberries in a food processor, then transfer the puree into a bowl and mix with a half-cup of yogurt and blend by hand until you have a creamy mixture. For a thicker mask, mix in a little green clay or honey, then bottle and add your own creative label with instructions to let the mask sit on the face for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. High in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, B3 and B5, the cranberries not only lend moisture for the skin, but they’ll also aid in cell turnover and protect from free radicals, giving an anti-aging effect.
5. Herb Garden Markers. Perfect for the gardeners in your life, and even better for the wannabe gardeners, these little stones are super simple and inexpensive to make. Simply collect a variety of smooth riverbed stones, clean thoroughly and hand-paint the names of various garden herbs and vegetables on each rock. Feeling extra-creative? Paint little garden-themed designs on them too!
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RECIPE: CRANBERRY AND FRESH PEAR COBBLER
From its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to its high levels of vitamins C, E and K, this crust-free cobbler offers an array of health benefits. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, manganese and those hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids. While the recipe calls for dried cranberries, try using fresh, raw cranberries instead to maintain the berries synergistic benefits, thereby significantly increasing the cobblers nutritional content.
- 1 medium organic orange
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (try using fresh, raw cranberries instead)
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 ripe organic pear, firm variety
- 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp walnuts
Grate enough orange rind to make 1 tsp zest and place in a mixing bowl. Cut the orange in half and juice both halves into the same bowl. Add cranberries and honey then mix until the honey is dissolved. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow the cranberries to soften. Once the cranberries have softened, cut the pear into 1/4-inch cubes and add to the bowl, then add 1/4 cup of walnuts and stir. Divide the mixture into two dessert dishes and sprinkle each with 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts.
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This holiday season, don’t let the stressful hustle and bustle get you down. Instead, you might consider asking your Naturopathic Doctor if craniosacral therapy may be a beneficial treatment to keep you running at optimal health and energy levels.
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