CARDAMOM INFUSED POWER BALLS WITH SESAME SEEDS

Are you struggling to include more healthy snacks and desserts into your diet? Well, here’s one recipe that is super easy, fast, and delicious but at the same time satisfies even the most stubborn sweet cravings in a healthy and nutritious way.

Nothing makes me happier on a busy day than a bunch of delicious power balls in the fridge waiting to be eaten for dessert or as an energizing snack. I’m not so picky about what ingredients to use because with power balls only the sky is the limit! These can be varied in thousands of different ways depending on your own taste buds and current desires & needs.

I usually make a double portion of these yummy balls so that I can enjoy them for several days. Keep them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week (some say you can store these even for two weeks but mine just simply don’t last for so long.)

I always use dried dates, raw cocoa powder, and virgin coconut oil as a base and then add whatever other suitable ingredients I have at home. The only “negative” side to this recipe is that you need to think a bit in advance so that you have time to soak the dried dates and cashew nuts. They are just a lot easier to digest when they’ve been soaked overnight or at least for 4 hours. Also, your blender or food processor will have an easier time processing the ingredients into a smooth dough. So, let’s get to it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 300g Dried dates, soaked overnight or at least 4 hours (you can also use fresh dates and those you don’t have to soak)
  • 150g Cashew nuts, soaked overnight or at least 4 hours
  • 4-5 tbs virgin coconut oil
  • 4-5 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 drop cardamom essential oil OR 1 generous tsp cardamom powder
  • Toasted sesame seeds

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet on medium heat until they become golden brown. Be careful not to burn them! When you feel a nutty smell coming from the skillet and the seeds have changed color they are ready.
  2. Remove them from the skillet immediately and pour them on a plate.
  3. Drain the soaked dates and cashew nuts and place them in a blender or food processor.
  4. Add coconut oil, raw cacao, salt, and cardamom essential oil or powder into the blender or food processor.Blend until all the ingredients have mixed well and formed a smooth dough. If there are few bigger pieces of dates and/or cashew nuts that’s totally ok.
  5. Wet your hands with cold water, take a small amount of the dough and roll it between your hands into a ball.
  6. Roll the ball in toasted sesame seeds.
  7. Repeat until you have used all the dough.
  8. Place the balls in a sealed container in the fridge and eat whenever you need a little energy boost snack or a healthy and yummy dessert.

NOTES:

You can be really creative with this recipe and modify it to better suit your taste buds. If you like a more chocolate flavor you can add a bit more cacao powder. You can replace the cashew nuts with almonds. If your dough is too soft you can add about one decilitre of oat flakes into the dough or if it’s too thick then just add a bit more virgin coconut oil. You really can’t go wrong with these ones because the ingredients can be adjusted very easily and you can always taste the dough and make changes before rolling into bite-sized balls.

Few words about using essential oils in food: Essential oils are a great way to spice up food and add intense flavours to your favourite meals. However, not all essential oils can be used internally so you need to make sure that the essential oil you are using is a certified food grade, 100% pure essential oil. When cooking, I use only the Vitality / plus oil collection from Young Living because those are actually classified as food supplements and therefore contain no harmful ingredients. If you need more help and information on choosing the right oils for cooking I would be more than happy to help. Just send me a message and I’ll get back to you.

MATCHA TEA LOVE

I fell in love with the antioxidant-rich matcha tea about half a year ago and it has been part of my morning routine ever since. Nowadays I add green powder or moringa tea leave powder in it to make it even tastier and nutrient-rich. The latest addition to this drink is cardamom essential oil and I would say now it’s just perfect! 

According to Monk Eisai, Matcha green tea is the elixir of the immortals.

This drink right here is so much better than the daily cup (or cups) of coffee. I basically quit drinking coffee over three years ago. I used to be very addicted to that one cup of coffee in the morning and if I didn’t get that daily does of caffeine I was not a person you want to be around with. Having two small kids at home, drinking that one cup in total peace became more of a stress than a relaxing me-time moment.

After diving more profoundly in the yoga and Ayurveda world I realized that coffee isn’t actually the healthiest thing you can pour into your body so I decided to accept a 21 day no coffee challenge. It was a good decision and I am so grateful I’m out of that caffeine hook.

Practicing yoga has made me really sensitive to the messages my body sends me and I can now easily feel when some food or drink just wasn’t good for me. I realized that coffee is too strong for my body, and especially my nervous system, to handle. I get easily hyperactive and nervous after one cappucino and if I drink it after midday it will ruin my sleep. This is why I changed the daily dose of coffee into a cup of green tea and was able to avoid palpitations, nervousness, or any other caffeine side effects. Green tea of course also has caffeine but very little and it seems to be absorbed slower which actually makes you more awake for longer. Plus, green tea has so many other health benefits which makes it a fairly healthy addition to your diet. 

Nowadays, matcha latte has become a stable part of my mornings without being addicted to it. If I don’t get my matcha in the morning that’s ok, the world is not gonna come crashing down because of that. And since the kids have grown up a little bit, I can usually enjoy that big cup of matcha in total peace. A cup of coffee has become a rare luxury and when I choose to drink it I prefer having it in a good company and with no regrets 🙂

Here is my current favourite matcha latte recipe:

INGREDIENTS FOR 1 SERVING

Oat milk 3 dl

Matcha tea powder 1 tsp

Moringa leave powder (or a green powder mix of your choice) 1 tsp

Cardamom essential oil 1 drop (make sure you use 100% pure, food-grade essential oil. I only use Young Living essential oils which are 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils. They have a special +line of essential oils that are actually labeled as food supplements.)

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Heat the oat milk in a pan util it’s almost boiling.
  • Add the matcha and moringa powders and mix vigorously with a bamboo whisk until the powders are well mixed with the oat milk. You can also pour the hot oat milk, matcha and moringa powders in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Put one drop of cardamom essential oil in a cup and pour the oatmilk, matcha, and moringa mix on top.
  • Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

Learn more about the history of Matcha green tea here.

DIY NIGHTTIME FACE SERUM

Beauty care has never been more fun and easier!

I’m a person who appreciates easy & simple beauty care routine. I just don’t like to spend hours every morning and evening shuffling with all sorts of creams and what not. Plus I don’t even have all that extra time. My kids barely let me pee in peace let alone to spend one hour styling my hair!

There’s a little hippie girl inside me that got out of her cave few years back when I learned to appreciate, and totally fell in love with, my bare beauty and all its simplicity.

I’m also a person who believes that our skin & hair really doesn’t need five different kinds of creams, three shampoos, countless hair styling products, and a luggage full of make up.

When you add all the hundreds of different kind of ingredients we don’t even know how to spell, our beauty care routine easily becomes a cocktail that does more harm than good to our wellbeing.

Whenever I manage to substitute a commercially made product with a self made one I feel like a winner! I really get enormous satisfaction for being able to create my own beauty products with only few ingredients that are 100% natural and safe. It just can’t get better than that!
It’s so empowering to be in charge of what I put on my skin and into my body. Less is more!
Healthy and radiant skin & hair really just needs few good quality natural products that supports their own wellbeing and balance.

This serum doesn’t only support your skin during the sleep but also promotes good night sleep and it just might knock you out after applying it. Here’s what you need for this face serum and how to make it. You can also check out my Instagram stories under the highlight ‘DIY beauty’ for video instructions + step by step guide how to properly clean reuse your empty essential oil bottles.

DIY FACE SERUM:

Here’s what you need:

  • 15ml empty dropper bottle
  • 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • Organic rosehip seed oil

Here’s how to make the serum:

  • First add the essential oils into the empty dropper bottle
  • Then, fill the bottle up with organic rosehip seed oil, close the cap and swirl the bottle around few times to get the oils mixed up well. No need to shake, just gently swirl.

Apply the DIY face serum on a clean skin before going to bed and enjoy it’s calming effect.

And here’s a little bit about the benefits of the oils I chose for this face serum:

FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense essential oil is a resin oil and it’s topical use smooths the skin and maintains the radian appearance of healthy skin. It evens out skin tone and balances dry skin. Frankincense is a key ingredient in many face creams. On top of the great benefits this precious essential oil offers to the skin, it is also one of the best oils to assist relaxation.

LAVENDER

Lavender essential oil helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes, soothes sensitive skin, and supports healthy and youthful glow. Lavender is one of the most used essential oils and especially loved and appreciated for its calming and sleep supporting properties.

CEDARWOOD

Cedarwood essential oil offers cleansing and moisturizing properties and can help maintain the appearance of healthy and youthful skin. Cedarwood is also a resin oil like frankincense offering deeply grounding and relaxing benefits.


ROSEHIP SEED OIL:

Rosehip seed oil is a fatty carrier oil which is nourishes and smooths the skin. This is an excellent oil for more mature skin. It is considered as a precious anti-wrinkle oil to nourish and revitalize the skin. Rosehip seed oil is particularly valuable for mature, damaged, or problem skin.

Stay tuned for a basic DIY hair serum recipe. Coming out soon 🙂

MOISTURISING DIY BODY OIL

Lavender, frankinsence, and copaiba essential oils are all included in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit.

We’re almost half way through fall and winter is just around the corner! The seasonal changes can be hard on the skin; especially the winter season can be very challenging.

Cold air outside and dry and warm air inside can make the skin very dry and itchy. Summer, on the other hand, brings other challenges: sunshine feels so amazing on the skin and is important for the production of vitamin D, but it will also damage the skin, especially if it burns it. 

I thought I would share my favorite body oil recipe with you that works wonderfully year around. I’ve been using this for a bout a year now and would not change it for anything! It contains only few, 100% natural ingredients:

cold pressed sesame seed oil, frankincense, lavender, and copaiba essential oils. 

Sesame oil has been used for ages in skincare because of its many health promoting properties. I love to use this body oil in the evening before going to bed because it is very calming and soothing for the skin, muscles, and mind. Sesame oil gets absorbed very quickly into the skin so you don’t have to wait for a long time to get dressed after applying it. 

You’ll need:

– 200ml of organic virgin sesame oil
– 4 drops each: frankincense, lavender, and copaiba essential oils

– 200ml empty (glass) bottle preferably with a pump cork

Mix the ingredients together and apply on the skin after a shower. All the ingredients are very soothing and calming so this makes a perfect evening oil to support relaxation.

HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH?

Lavender essential oil = the swiss army knife of oils. It has this amazing ability to help your body where ever it needs it the most.

Few weeks ago, at my introduction to essential oils event , all of the participants wanted to know one thing: HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH?
There are many ways to answer to that question but after a short reflection, my answer was:
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Essential oils are the mean, inspiration, and support for an overall lifetime change. They offer you ways to get rid of the artificial & harmful chemicals in your life and create products that are pure, clean, and from nature. Your home, body, and environment becomes free from toxic material allowing your body, mind, and soul to slowly but surely find the balance they’re always trying to seek.

A drop of lemon in the water doesn’t only make the water taste delicious but it also supports healthy circulatory system and helps the body get rid of toxins.

Essential oils help raise the health of our body functions to support proper health and wellness. Whether you use them topically, aromatically, or internally they help support and regulate our body systems. They are not a quick fix and should not be considered as pharmaceutics. They should be looked at like any other wellness regime we enter into. If you want lasting changes you should use essential oils consistently over a longer period of time. In the end, it’s the lifestyle change that brings the benefits.


By slowly starting to change these little things in your life (which actually play a crucial role in your health and wellbeing) you will become more sensitive to other harmful habits, products, feelings, and actions in your life and before you even notice, you have made a huge improvement towards harmony and health in different aspects of your life.

Orange and peppermint essential oils are my favourite ones to support concentration and help me to stay focused.