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Friday, February 5, 2010

Homemade cough drops...

Well not totally paleo, but close, and if you get a cold they are sure nice to have. Hers my recipe for homemade cough drops. ;0)

1 1/4 cups of water
3 Throat Coat Bags of tea (you can use any tea for colds or even just echinechea or lemon ginger is nice too)
1 cup of raw cane sugar
1/3 cup of honey

15 drops of lemon essential oil
15 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops of tea tree oil
5 drops of lavender oil

You will need some sort of mold for these, either a candy mold or you can take a cookie sheet and fill it with cornstarch about 1/2 inch deep, then you take and roundish shape no more than 1 inch wide and press the shape into the corn starch about 1/2 way down. You will need to make about 75-80 of these.

1. Boil the water and tea for 5 minutes and then allow to steep for 15 more minutes to make a very strong tea.
2. Over medium high heat dissolve sugar and honey in tea.
3. Do not stir and allow mixture to reach the hard crack stage or 300 degrees. This is important otherwise they will be very sticky and stick to your teeth!
4. Once your reach 300 degrees pour mixture into a Pyrex measuring cup, add the essential oils stir and moving quickly but carefully pour into your mold.
5. Once cool wrap in wax paper to prevent sticking and store in a zip lock bag in a cool area. ;0)

Enjoy! You can play with the essential oils or the tea, for different variations, or even add some fruit juice concentrate for kids.

This recipe makes about 80 cough drops depending on your mold size and they taste a lot like Ricola brand cough drops. ;0)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Some good reading....

Take a minute and read this Very interesting read!

Paleo and eating out....

One thing I have noticed is that I often mess up on my diet when I am eating out. Its next to impossible to find anything very good for you when you eat out. I have often messed up royally because of this. Theres only so much salad a girl can eat you know what I mean?

Since pulling the hamburger patty of a burger sounds so incredibly nasty I have been brainstorming foods I can stuff in my purse and eat while on the go. SO far I have come up with the following..

  • Beef Jerky (of the organic no MSG and nitrate variety)
  • Raw Trail mix ( get these little packets form Trader Joe's)
  • Freeze dried fruits (OK I know dried fruits are not the best, but freeze dried is the best option because it retains more nutrients)
  • Powdered Green Drink mix toss a scoop in a bottle of water(I buy this kind
  • Sliced fruits and vegies. If you plan ahead you can portion out sliced fruits and vegies in small containers and keep them in the fridge ready to go.

Coming next. Paleo Girl Fast Food! I have some cool ideas to share with you. ;0)