Homemade, Gluten-Free Parmesan and Thyme Croutons

Winter is here and thus, one of my favorite seasons, soup and salad season! Let’s be honest, in my house, soup and salad season is every season. But, to be fair, January is National Soup Month, so let’s eat soup!

I created these croutons over the weekend when I made my Chopped French Onion Soup. Try them on this delicious onion soup or use them on salads or in creamy soups, too.

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  • 4 slices Gluten-Free, Soy-Free Bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Mix everything together in a bowl and stir to incorporate. Pour mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until they begin to brown, or about 10 minutes.

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The Best Ways to Treat Your Flu- Naturally

It’s that time of year again and no one is happy about it. I’ve been lucky enough to escape getting sick so far, (thanks oils=) but I’m always ready for it.

The flu is wide-spread this year and it’s not good. I heard a stat about a week ago that 40flu.jpg states were dealing with the flu spreading, in comparison with only 12 last year at this time. Yike.

And the thing is, there’s no cure for the flu! For the most part, you just have to wait it out. Sometimes the doctor is best, especially if you have an agitated case or other conditions worsening your sickness. But for the majority of us, we need to comfort ourselves until it passes. Want to do it naturally? Here’s how:

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There is nothing better for the body than rest, especially if you’re sick. Rest helps your body to restore itself and build your energy back up so that you can get better, faster.

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Staying hydrated is key, so the more water, the better. Add some honey (to warm water, not hot) water and lemon, too. This will help strengthen your immune system and give you an antibacterial boost that your body needs and wants. You can also add honey and lemon, or any citrus, to tea or cold water. Sip away.

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Showers are great when you’re sick. The warm water will soothe your achy body and wash the germs away. I love to add a couple drops of oils to the shower floor, too. Peppermint will help you feel less congested and more fresh. Grapefruit will awaken your senses and will help you feel more energized.

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Diffusing oils when you’re sick can only help.  No Sick is a great blend to help you feel well. 1 drop oregano and 1 drop thieves plus water and you’re good to go. I also love lemon and lavender because the lemon is so healthful and the lavender is calming.

The flu is the worst so I hope you and yours are escaping its wrath this year, but if you’re not, these tips will help. The flu season will be over soon enough so until then, stay well!

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Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

Crunchy Italian Garlic-Roasted Broccoli

Growing up, my mom made dinners from scratch and she was always trying new things in the kitchen. She even catered for a while and her food is still some of the best I’ve ever eaten.

I’m so thankful to have been grown and fed fruits, vegetables, bean soups and lean meats, and all kinds of delicious, healthy food. And my mom’s food is so full of flavor, everything tastes great, especially the healthy stuff.

I always aim to please at my dinner table and when recipes turn out amazing, I can never wait to share them. So, here it is. My newest broccoli creation. The topping is crunchy and yummy and the broccoli is full of garlic flavor and has a nutty, browned coating because it’s baked. Yum.

Crunchy Italian Garlic-Roasted Broccoli

  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli, cut into small bite-sized piecesCrunchy Italian Garlic-Roasted Broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper

Mix the broccoli, garlic and 2 tablespoons avocado oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and bake in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, add the rest of the almond oil and the bread crumbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix again. Remove the broccoli from the oven and pour the bread crumb mixture over top. Bake another 5 minutes and serve.

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Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Give the people what they want! This phrase rings true from business to family dinners, alike. My hubby loves these cookies, and so do my Facebook friends, and you will, too!

My breakfast cookies are easy to mix together and quick to bake. They’re also sugar-free, delicious, and such a healthy start (or snack!) Enjoy!

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

  • 2 cups oatmealoatmeal raisin breakfast cookies
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or Vegan preference)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons water

Mix everything together in a bowl and heat the oven to 350 degrees. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, place the cookies and bake for 20 minutes. So good and so easy.

Recipe makes 12 cookies.

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What Happened to all the Resolutions?

I know, it seems I’m late to the game..but it’s not true! I’ve been thinking about and working towards my “resolutions” and goals already this year. But I have a question..

dodo-model-news-two-column.jpgDid anyone see resolutions made publicly this year? It’s almost as if resolutions are going the way of the dodo.

I mean, I know statistically we “give up” on the years goals before January is even over. Or we don’t want to make them because we don’t want to fail..but this is the thing. If you aren’t trying to better yourself, you’re getting worse.

I know it’s hard (and scary sometimes!) to make and set goals and keep them, it is for me. But I’m going to try anyhow!

Because resolutions don’t have to be life or death. Or if you don’t do it, you fail. Or if you miss one day, one time, one extra, then you didn’t do it right. No, that’s not the point of it.

~The definition of a resolution is the firm decision to do or not to do something.

~And the definition of resolve is to find a solution or to decide firmly on a course of action.

I like resolve better, instead of a set in stone, unmovable decision you can make a plan that remains flexible but with an equally great end goal.

So for me, resolutions are out and resolving to do things in my life, is in. Is it the same thing? Maybe. But I don’t mind a good plan of action.

I’m excited for 2018. A year better than the last and a year of moving forward. And I’m excited about the things I have chosen to resolve to do more, too.

This year, I resolve to:

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First, I want to pray more. My faith has grown stronger with each passing day and I want more. I’ve been reading my daily prayer book with quick devotionals, I downloaded a Bible app that sends me short devotionals each day and I’m getting caught up with my Cindee devotionals, too, and it feels good.

stretch more.

I want to do more yoga, too, but my stretching is so essential! Working and sitting a lot is so terrible for you. I love to stretch during shows or during an at-home movie. It feels so good to stretch after a workout, too. I’m aiming for 3 times a week.

eat better, more.

I love to eat healthy, so I guess I’m blessed with that. But I also love snacks, drinks, wine, cheese, and coffee…all things I should cut back on more. I did have a coffee this morning, but no wine last night. Getting better already, LOL.

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So, I recently tested for allergies and intolerances and it turns out, I’m highly sensitive to caffeine. I like tea and have drank coffee for years and like dark chocolate more then milk chocolate, too (dark has more caffeine.) Anyhow, I got this result less than a month ago and I remember feeling sad!

The first reason, I love coffee! And as a writer I feel it a right of passage, to brew and consume my morning cup. Plus, anyone who has had a caffeine headache (me,) never wants one again. But it turns out, I don’t miss it too much.  I had a tea a couple of days, a coffee a couple of days, and have had nothing some days. Yay! And knowing I shouldn’t have it motivates me not to, so it’s working out already.

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Nick really loves to read and while I do, too, it isn’t something I want to do for hours everyday. But the thing is, he does. I want to indulge him more in reading this year. I can read more and he loves to read together (but separate,) so I want to do that more with him.

So there you have it. There are lots of other things I want to do this year, more butt workouts, being one of them. (Did one today, yay!) And to be the best wife and friend that I can be, of course.

The thing is, there is plenty of time in the day, you just have to do it right. You just have to make it happen and fit in things when you can. And remember, small changes along the way make such a difference=) So, with that being said, go out and do it!

Hope 2018 is treating you well so far, and that you have resolved to do some awesome things with yourself this year, too. Please share and have a great day XOXO

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My Favorite Healthful, Winter Scents

I love candles, and I always have. A fresh apple or a tart cranberry scent always reminded me of the season.  But I don’t love the chemicals candles emit and I stopped using them long ago because of it. But I miss them. I wanted to have great scents in the house and I know I’m not the only one. Who doesn’t love great smells? So now what?

I diffuse essential oils and can have all the smells back in my house, yay! Essential oils are becoming more popular then ever, and for good reason, they’re truly amazing. The Essential Oils Market is projected to exceed 11 billion in sales by 2022.

When I started using essential oils and I realized I could have amazing scents in the house that were non-toxic, I was so happy. Plus, not only are the oils non-toxic, they are healthful. Win-win. Here are my three favorite oil blends for diffusing this season:

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YL Blend

I know, I know, Christmas is over. But this blend smells so, so good. I ordered it last year before the season started, but it quickly became one of my favorites!

Gram’s Blend

Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Grapefruit (1 drop of each)

My Gram used to slowly simmer whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and various citrus peels in water. Once heated, this combination warms the house through scent and steam. images.jpgMy essential oil blend gives you the same scents, minus the peels and add-ins. And here’s the link to try the original recipe for stove top potpourri.

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Oregano, Thieves (1 drop of each)

Yes, this is one of my favorites, no matter the season. But I especially love it late in the year and throughout the beginning of the new year. It smells like Christmas and truly great. (Plus it keeps me healthy and well. What’s not to love?)

What are your favorite blends this winter season? Do you find yourself using some of the same blends, no matter the season?

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Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

Oven-Roasted Diced Potatoes

I like potatoes and I’ve been wanting a new roasted potato recipe for a while. I tried this recipe tonight and it was so yummy and came together in no time.

Use parchment paper for clean-up that’s easy and quick. With only six ingredients, most of which are likely in your pantry, you’re gonna love this dish.

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  • 3 small baking potatoes, cut into diced-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried parsley

Grease a baking sheet with one tablespoon avocado oil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a separate bowl, combine one tablespoon almond oil, seasonings, and potatoes. Mix well to incorporate and pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the potatoes begin to turn brown. Yum!

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Chipotle Egg Casserole with Red Pepper and Gouda

Eggs and vegetables are such a great start to the day. Whether you like breakfast at 8am or 11am, this casserole is the perfect fit.

Chipolte Egg Casserole is stuffed with veggies, has bacon and gouda, and is prepped and ready to pop into the oven in just minutes.

Chipotle Egg Casserole with Red Pepper and Gouda

  • 8 eggs, scrambledIMG_20180102_120551
  • 5 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Chipotle seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease

Cover the bottom and sides of a 9X9 pan with the bacon grease and heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a separate bowl, whisk to scramble the eggs. Pour into the baking pan.

Add the onion, red pepper, and bacon and stir. Sprinkle in the cheese. Finish by adding the seasonings and stirring to combine. Pour into your baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Tolerance Test Results: In- And Here’s What They Said

First things first, Happy New Year!! I got these results over Christmas, it was like an early present=)

I was so excited that my results came in and I couldn’t wait to pour over the findings.

Allergy Test Findings:

I’m intolerant to..

  • pumpkin (can you believe it? I never liked it much anyhow but some people woulddownload (2) be the saddest.)
  • coriander, aka cilantro. Funny enough, I don’t like this either..
  • buckwheat and oat flour
  • and Brazil nuts.

I was also intolerant to several non-food items, and will do research to see what they are and how to avoid them.

(Chaetomium Globosum, Chicken Serum Proteins, Horse Fly Bot, Insulin Porcine, Swine Serum Albumin, Ustilago Tritici)

I’m deficient in..

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What?!? I take a fish oil everyday (everyday I “remember.”) So, I need to be more vigilant about taking fish oil each day, and even double down.

I have an elevated level of..

Mercury. I attribute this to eating canned tuna. I really do like canned tuna.

According to my low cortisol levels..

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I also received DNA related risk levels for things like blood pressure, fat intake, sodium intake, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These results tell me what effects me and what I can and shouldn’t do to feel the best.

And, what we’ve all been waiting for, my sensitivities.

Side note: these findings all align with my psoriasis diagnosis. This makes these results very reliable in my eyes and I’m glad to have almost had a second opinion, of sorts.

According to my results..

I have an intolerance for gluten. I’ve noticed not eating gluten makes me feel better, not obnoxiously full after meals, and less tummy bloat, too. images

I have a slight sensitivity to lactose. This means my body produces less of the enzyme that processes lactose. As a Wisconsinite, I grew up eating cheese and everything dairy. As an adult, I still love cheese but don’t drink milk or have copious amounts of dairy, otherwise. So cutting back is easy enough for me.

Another surprise was reading that I am highly sensitive to caffeine. I plan to wean and cut caffeine entirely, at least to test out how it makes me feel.images (3)

Because at the end of the day, I just want to feel well. I want to feel alert without caffeinating, satiated without feeling “full,” and healthy because of food, natural remedies through essential oils and with plant-based and low/no chemical cleaners to help life sparkle.

I’m glad I looked into testing like this, and that I went through with it. Wellness is about all the small decisions, everyday, that we make. If you make lots of good but little decisions, it will pay off and you will feel more well each day.

If you make bad decisions and listen to your senses and ignore what your body wants and needs, you will feel less and less well each day. It’s just the way it is.

But, for lots of amazing recipes for all of your cravings, search iwantwellness.co to find delicious and healthy yet indulgent recipes.

Happy New Years Day everyone, I’m so glad to share with you and take on this new year with you!

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