HUMMUS CHIPS WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED CREAM CHEESE

Be careful because these run out fast!

Did you know that Chickpeas contain a huge number of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including folate, magnesium, vitamin b6, vitamin c, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc? They are also high in protein so are a fantastic alternative to meat for vegetarians.

Well, I would eat chickpeas even without all these amazing health benefits just because they are so delicious! Pasta in a chickpea sauce, hummus, roasted chickpeas, chickpea curry, chickpea omelet, chickpea bread, I mean you can do anything from chickpeas. 
Few months ago I was doing groceries and I found hummus chips! Those were so goooood! Then one day, I tried them with cream cheese and omg it was so tasty! My mind started immediately processing on a new recipe idea and here it is in all it’s simpleness and deliciousness: 

HUMMUS CHIPS WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED CREAM CHEESE

Lemon essential oil is full of flavour and can be substituted in any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon extract, or grated lemon zest.

Ingredients:
– hummus chips
– 120g cream cheese
– 2 drops Young Living Vitality lemon essential oil
– sliced radish
– chopped chives
– sprouts 

How to do it:
Mix two drops of lemon essential oil into the cream cheese. Put cream cheese on the hummus chips with a small spoon and decorate with sliced radish, chopped chives, and sprouts.

NOTE: if you don’t eat them immediately, I recommend putting a small piece of dry salad on the hummus chip first and then adding the cream cheese on top. This prevents the hummus chips becoming soft. 


Make it vegan by using vegan cream cheese.

Enjoy!

These are perfect for an end of summer picnic with a glass of Ningxia Red from Young Living.

JUICY SMOOTHIES TO STAY HYDRATED DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

Summer is here! Sun is shining and last week the temperatures were above 30 😎 Now the air is a little fresher but there’s still many weeks of summer left and hot days ahead.


On days like this it’s important to keep yourself hydrated to avoid tiredness and dehydration. Drinking just plain water can get quite boring so adding something to your water (a drop of high quality essential oil, a little bit of lemon juice, fresh mint etc.) doesn’t only make the water taste better but it also gives your body important nutrients to keep it thriving even during the hottest days. 


According to Ayurveda, the body doesn’t hydrate itself as well with plain water but rather uses it to flush out toxins from the body. Water on its own is considered as a cleanser but when you add something to the water, it provides hydration. Getting rid of toxins is of course good and important but doesn’t really help when the body is in the need of proper hydration. When you are dehydrated, brain capacity and metabolic processing slows down. Keeping yourself well hydrated keeps the brain sharper!

I’m a big fan of home made juices and smoothies and when the weather gets hot, I prepare myself a juicy smoothie that contains the important fibers of the fruit as well. 

When I prepare myself a juicy smoothie I almost always add some essential oil in it because they give nice zesty flavour and contain wide range of health supporting qualities. My two favourite essential oils to use in smoothies are lemon and lime essential oils.

Here are two of my favourite juicy smoothie recipes to keep you up and running during the summer months!

GRAPEFRUIT & CARROT SMOOTHIE

Lemon Vitality essential oil adds bright and dynamic flavour to food and is very versatile. It supports the immune system and has powerful antioxidant properties.

INGREDIENTS FOR 1-2 SERVINGS:

  • 1/2 red grapefruit
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1-2 drops of lemon vitality essential oil (or the juice of half a lemon)
  • 1 drop of stevia
  • 1 glass of water

Put all ingredients into a blender ( I use Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Enjoy and stay cool!

CUCUMBER & MINT SMOOTHIE

Fresh mint and cucumber are like meant for each other.

INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SERVINGS:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 apple
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1-2 drops of lime vitality essential oil
  • one big glass of water

Put all ingredients into a blender ( I use Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Enjoy and stay hydrated!