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A lot of people like smoothies. But few people make them at home. Because think of all the measuring, the effort, the mess.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Pick a few of these recipes, hit the grocery store, then make “smoothie packs” for the whole week by placing measured-out ingredients for each smoothie in a plastic bag. When you need to be refreshed, pull a bag out of the freezer, dump its contents in a blender, and YAY.
The below recipes are perfect because they only have three ingredients each and they use frozen fruits and veggies so you can skip the ice. You can freeze your own fruits and veggies if you’re not happy with the frozen stuff from the grocery store. You can even freeze the almond milk or coconut milks in ice trays, if you really want to impress someone.
8 Healthy Smoothies Made With 3 Ingredients
1. Strawberry Swing
How to: Place 8 frozen strawberries, ½ cup plain kefir or pourable plain yogurt, and ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Spark it up with 2 tablespoons rolled oats, pinch ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons flax meal, or protein powder.
2. Green Day
How to: Place ½ cup frozen kale, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup plain kefir or pourable plain yogurt, and ¼ cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to freak this one out.
3. Caribbean Queen
How to: Place 8 pieces frozen mango (about ¾ cup) and ½ cup So Delicious coconut milk into a blender. Blend until smooth. Then add 1 tablespoon chia seeds and pulse just a few times to combine. Serves 1.
Extras: You can add ground nutmeg, protein powder, or 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut.
How to: Place 1 peeled frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter, 2 tablespoons cacao powder, and 1/3 cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Throw in protein powder, 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut, a handful of raw almonds, pinch ground cinnamon, or 2 tablespoons rolled oats.
5. Not Easy Being Green
How to: Place 1 green apple (with skin, cored, and cut into chunks), ½ cup frozen spinach, ½-inch piece peeled, fresh ginger (cut into small pieces), and ½ cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Blend in ½ of an avocado or fresh lime juice.
6. Channel Orange
How to: Place 1 red bell pepper (quartered, stem and seeds removed), 1 peeled navel orange, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Spice it up with cayenne pepper or ground cinnamon.
7. Blue Magic
How to: Place ¾ cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon almond butter, and ½ cup unsweetened almond milk into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut, a peeled frozen banana, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons rolled oats, ½-inch piece peeled, fresh ginger, or 2 tablespoons flax meal.
8. La Isla Bonita
How to: Place 1 peeled frozen banana, ½ cup frozen kale, and ½ cup coconut water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Extras: Add a boost of protein powder, a handful of raw almonds, or ¼ cup frozen blueberries.
Eucalyptus essential oil has many uses, and almost as many health benefits. Used appropriately and with care, eucalyptus oil can be an excellent addition to your alternative medications. It has a wide range of actions; being useful for muscle aches and pains, rheumatoid arthritis, and poor circulation; bronchitis, colds, coughs, sinusitis, sore throats, flu, and asthma; burns, blisters, cuts, insect bites, and as an insect repellent; as well as headaches and neuralgia.
CAUTION: Never take eucalyptus oil internally. Although eucalyptus is used as a flavoring ingredient in some cough drops, medications and foods; the pure essential oil is toxic in even small doses. In addition, it should not be used at all on anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, or epilepsy; and should never be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Eucalyptus oil should always be used diluted in a base oil like almond, coconut, or olive to prevent skin irritation; and should be kept away from eyes and mucus membranes. As long as these restrictions are followed, it is quite safe used externally. Although there are many possible uses, it is most effective for the following:
Eucalyptus Oil For Respiratory Problems
- Bronchitis: mixed at a rate of 10 drops of eucalyptus oil per tablespoon of carrier oil and rubbed on the chest over the lungs, it will ease coughing and help to break up chest congestion. It has an expectorant action, which makes it easier to cough up the mucus that causes it to be so difficult to breathe; and is an antispasmodic that will reduce non-productive coughing and ease the coughing “spasms.” In addition, it has antimicrobial action, which, combined with the expectorant action that clears the lungs of mucus, can help to prevent developing an infection with the bronchitis.
- Sinusitis: Using 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil rub a small amount over the sinuses to reduce congestion and the chance of developing an infection. When using in this area, apply very lightly, and keep it well away from the eyes.
- Colds and flu: In addition to the symptom relief listed above for bronchitis and sinusitis, eucalyptus essential oil helps to ease the aches and pains that come with colds and flu when the oil mixture is added to an epsom salt bath. Increase the amount of eucalyptus oil to 15 drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil, and add to a warm bath with two cups of epsom salt. (See the asthma warning at the end of the next paragraph before using this method.)
Another method of use for the respiratory problems listed above is to bring one and a half quarts of water to a boil, pour into a heatproof bowl, and add three drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Keeping your face far enough away from the pot to prevent burning yourself with the steam, lean over the bowl and drape a large towel over your head and the bowl to create a “tent” that will hold in the steam. Breathe normally for up to 15 minutes, and repeat as needed.
This is excellent for getting the oil into direct contact with any bacteria or viruses in your lungs or sinuses and breaking up congestion. (If you have asthma, use this method with extreme caution, especially if you tend to react to strong scents. Keep your emergency inhaler close by in case it’s needed, and make sure there is someone with you the first time you try it. Sniff the eucalyptus oil while it’s still in the bottle to see if it is an irritant. If there is no reaction, you can try the steam, but have your “safety person” ready to take the steaming water out of the house if it triggers an asthma attack.)
Eucalyptus Oil For Pain Relief
- Muscle aches and pains or neuralgia: using the same mixtures as for respiratory issues, either rub the oil on the aching area, or take a warm bath with epsom salt and the oil blend.
- Headaches: mix one tablespoon of carrier oil with 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Apply a small amount to the temples, massaging in with a gentle circular motion and keeping well away from the eyes. Massage the remaining oil into the neck at the base of the skull.
- Poor circulation: Using 10 drops of eucalyptus oil per tablespoon of carrier oil, massage the area with long, firm strokes. Always massage toward the heart, lifting your hands away from your body and returning to the beginning area, not rubbing back and forth.
Eucalyptus Oil For Insects
- Bites: To ease the itching and irritation of insect bites, mix at the rate of 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil. Apply a drop or two of this mixture to bites, massaging in a circular motion and extending a bit past the bite itself.
- Insect repellent: For this you will need
- a glass spray bottle – (essential oils will dissolve plastic eventually, and will absorb chemicals from the plastic as well,)
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons citronella essential oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
- 3/4 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil, and
- 8 oz. Distilled witch hazel
Mix the oils in the spray bottle and shake well, then add the witch hazel and shake again. Spray on your body and clothes, being careful to keep it out of your eyes, nose and mouth. Reapply as needed, shaking well before each use.