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Monday, June 10, 2013

Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe

Hey Cool Pinks,

Ok, so yesterday, I made a quesadilla for breakfast. It was delicious. I had some tortillas and veggies left over from a delicious weekend of tacos, so I decided to make a healthy morning meal. These are simple, and a welcome change from standard breakfasts like oatmeal and toast (blah.) Here's the "recipe":

-Get the really soft corn tortillas from the local grocery store (most brands are gluten free :))
-Chop up some purple onion, green onion, garlic, tomatoes, black olives and jalapenos
-Mash handful of black beans to make them easier to spread. Add cumin, sea salt, chili powder and ground pepper to the beans.
-Warm a little coconut oil in a skillet.
-Spread the beans on the tortillas, add the chopped veggies, and add your favorite vegan cheese (or real cheese if you're not vegan lol)
-Cook the two tortillas in the skillet the way you would a grilled cheese sandwich.

So tasty! Eat the quesadilla with a side of fresh fruit--I recommend sweet mangoes with black pepper. Enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Natural Allergy Cures

Hey Cool Pinks,

Sorry for the delay in getting this post to you--I've been busy sneezing my nose off :/ But luckily, I found some relief that we can all take advantage of this wonderfully warm allergy season--castor oil and baking soda!!! Here's how you use it:

  • Pour a drop of castor oil into the palm of your hand
  • Sprinkle some baking soda over the castor oil
  • Stir the ingredients together with your finger to form a paste
  • Put the paste on your fingertips and massage the top of your nose and sinus cavity for about 1 minute (get some massage in under your eyes too--it's a great exfoliator ;) )
  • Put a little of the mixture on the inside of your nostrils, then use a little of the nasal spray that works best for you (Perrigo and Afrin work really for me)
This remedy works for at least 2 hours at a time if you have severe allergies, and 4-5 hours at a time if you're allergies only flare up around certain plants or pollen types.

Here are a few more supplements/tips for keeping allergy season sneeze-free:

  • Put a little lemon balm oil in your nasal spray. It makes the spray smell a lot better, keeps you from getting watery eyes and boosts your immune system.
  • Drink chamomile tea with ground ginger at night and lots of orange blossom honey before going to bed at night. These ingredients reduce the histamine response in your body and take away that 'wired' feeling you get when you're hopped up on allergy pills. 
  • Take cat's claw (it's at GNC) at least three times a day with a meal or snack. It's a sneeze-buster and takes away the swelling in your nose and eyes during allergy season