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Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

Other Vitality Essential Oil Options: cinnamon, orange, peppermint, tangerine



Hot and Spicy Chocolate Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 drops Cinnamon Vitality essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.



Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
1 drop Clove essential oil
1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.



If you’d like a bigger boost of protein, feel free to add a scoop of Pure Protein Complete or your favorite protein powder (preferably chocolate flavored), to the mix.



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2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired.

Add 3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired), and stir in chocolate chips or cacao nibs after blending. Optional, blend in a small handful spinach for color and an extra nutrient boost. Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



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2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
3 tbsp cocoa powder
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are starting to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with other ingredients including 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired. Add 3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired). Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



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4 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
1/2 cup of orange juice, frozen
3 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) Freeze orange juice in ice cube tray. To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas and frozen orange juice into a blender or food processor. Add 3 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired).

Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Mango Lemon Lime Vitality Ice Cream
2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
2 Mangos peeled, cored and cut into pieces or 1 10 oz bag frozen mango
3 drops Lemon vitality essential oil
3 drops Lime vitality essential oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas and frozen mangos into a blender or food processor. Add 3 drops Lemon and 3 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired).

Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
3 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch salt
2-3 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete Chocolate
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
Directions:
Start with bananas that are starting to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with other ingredients including 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired.

Optional: 1 or 2 scoops Pure Protein Complete can be added to any of these recipes. Either the chocolate or vanilla Pure Protein Complete



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smoothieSmoothies are a great way to get more veggies into your diet. Let’s face it. In this fast paced lifestyle, most of us don’t get enough vegetables in our diet. Smoothies can help. especially if you have family members who don’t love their vegetables. Add fruit and it’s a flavorful way to enjoy more vegetables. Try some of these smoothie recipes.


Ginger Protein Smoothie


2 handfuls of spinach or kale
5 stalks of raw asparagus
ginger root – I like my smoothie very strong in ginger so I add a piece about 3 inches long.
1/2 banana
1 cup whatever fruit I have on hand
2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
1 tbsp flax seeds
1-4 ounces NingXia Red
1 cup water
4 drops tangerine or other essential oil – Slique Essence is AWESOME in smoothies!


Directions: Combine ingredients in blender or NutriBullet. Fill liquid to the line. Blend until you reach the desired consistency. I like to freeze peeled bananas so they are like banana ice cubes. I cut them in half and put them in ziploc bags.


Blueberry Almond Smoothie
2 handfuls spinach or kale
1 cup blueberries
1/2 banana
2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
10 almonds
optional: ginger root – I LOVE ginger root in almost all smoothies. I can’t get enough of it! 🙂


Directions: Combine ingredients in blender or NutriBullet. Fill liquid to the line. Blend until you reach the desired consistency.


NingXia Peach Smoothie


1/2 c. frozen peaches
1/2 c. frozen strawberries or blueberries
2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
4 ounces NingXia Red
Water (whatever amount to the line on your NutriBullet cup)
4 drops Orange or Tangerine essential oil


Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. In NutriBullet, fill liquid to the line. Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a cold, thick consistency but can be replaced with fresh fruit. Makes one serving.


Here are two smoothie recipes I found on Young Living’s Product Blog:


Nitro and Protein Smoothie


This protein-packed treat is the perfect way to refuel after an intense workout or as an on-the-go meal replacement. Formulated with Korean ginseng and B vitamins, NingXia Nitro delivers sustained amounts of energy and alertness. Pure Protein Complete™ and avocado add nearly 15 grams of protein and a boost of omega-3 essential fatty acids to support muscle repair. Plus, the bright taste of fruit and pure Lime essential oil will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed!


Ingredients:
1 tube NingXia Nitro
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete
4 drops Lime essential oil
1/2 c. coconut water
Handful of spinach
1/2 c. diced pineapple
1/2 c. diced mango
1/2 c. sliced banana
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
1 tsp. flax seed
1/2 tsp. Blue Agave
1 cup cubed ice (optional)
Shredded coconut (optional)


Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If smoothie is too thick to blend, add additional coconut water.


Sunrise Nitro Smoothie


If protein and workouts aren’t your focus, the Sunrise Nitro Smoothie is a delicious way to start the day. By providing the necessary nutrients for sustained energy, this delightful beverage is the perfect alternative to your morning cup of coffee. In addition to alertness, this smoothie combines the hydrating effects of coconut water; fiber and omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds; and the antioxidant properties of green tea extract. It’s the perfect way to start an impactful day!


Ingredients:
1 tube NingXia Nitro
4 drops Orange or Tangerine essential oil
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 peeled navel orange
1/2 tsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup cubed ice (optional)


Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If smoothie is too thick to blend, add additional coconut water.


Young Living Products used in these recipes:
#3644 Tangerine oil
#3602 Orange oil
#3291 Pure Protein Complete
#3042 NingXia Red
#4586 Slique Essence
#3064 NingXia Nitro
#3074 Lime oil
#3221 Blue Agave


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