Shaklee Summer Must Have

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This is the safest and best sunscreen out there! You might of heard about all the studies going around about the chemicals in the sunscreens and how it can be very harmful to you and your kids. That’s why I use this more natural sunscreen. It’s designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, this patented, water resistant, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving a sticky residue. Soothing and moisturizing, it does not irritate the skin. Patented Vital-Repair+ contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals. The formula offers broad spectrum protection and adds an extra defense against premature skin aging. Oh, and it’s Paraben Free.
Extra Features include:
Protect and prevent premature aging of your skin with the clinically proven and patented Enfuselle® formula.
*It provides broad-spectrum protection against both harmful UVA and UVB rays.

*Vital Repair+® Complex adds extra protection against prematurely older-looking skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals

*Filters out sun’s harsh rays to protect against skin damage

*Nonirritating formula designed for sensitive skin

*Hypoallergenic

*Contains triple-patented Vital Repair+ Complex

*Formulated with witch hazel and chamomile extracts

*Alcohol Free

*100% dye, oil, and paraben free

*pH-balanced

*Hypoallergenic

*Dermatologist tested

*Not tested on animals

Get yours here!

 

 

Gluten FreeTropical Green Shake

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Tropical Green Shake

2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake

1 cup frozen chopped greens such as collards, kale, or spinach

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup frozen ripe banana

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk

Blend ingredients until creamy.

~Enjoy~

3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream (Vegan)

This is one of my easiest go to dessert recipes for my family when we want a quick and healthy treat for Dessert Night.

Every Friday Night we have either home-made pizza or sushi and a movie night!! Of course we have to indulge in dessert too!! I like to change it up a bit so we don’t have the same treat every week. These “desserts” are pretty healthy and I notice that if I make something too frequently they boys will soon feel like they are eating something healthy and they wont want it anymore. I have a few other recipes that I keep up my sleeve for dessert night as well and plan on doing a Dessert Night Round up blog post for you to share all of my healthy go-to, nutrition packed recipes!!

On the menu for tomorrow night is 3 ingredient chocolate ice cream. This is actually a pro biotic, potassium and protein packed bowl of deliciousness but don’t tell the babies!! Oh and let’s not forget the great source of omegas as well that come with Shaklee’s Life Shake mix.

Ingredients:

3 Bananas chopped and frozen

1/4 C. Cocoa Powder (I have used Cocoa Nibs before but its just a little too bitter for the boys)

1/4 C. Shaklee Life Shake Mix in Chocolate

That is it folks!!

First you need to chop up a few bananas and freeze them. I always have frozen bananas on hand because I buy 2 bunches weekly. I feed the kids some for snacks through the week and the rest will get chopped up for smoothies or froze for future baked goods or this recipe!! I’m always needing bananas!!

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I have a vitamix (that I would die without…..no seriously…….I would die without it……I use it 3x a day at least……They should use me as a spokes person but they arent) that is really amazing and has a “frozen dessert” option on the settings. This is a very high-powered blender so if you have a regular blender I would recommend adding a little dairy free milk to help it along.

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I just dump all the ingredients into my best friend……I mean blender and hit the start button!! It pulverizes it into a beautiful chocolate custard.

After this dump it into a container of your choice, pop the lid on and freeze for a couple of hours.

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It’s so fast and easy and so much healthier than store bought!!

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this recipe. I am excited to try and mix it up with some more flavors in the future!! Of course I will do a blog post on that for you as well!!

What healthy recipe do you guys have for “Dessert Night” in your house?? I would love to hear!!

PS~I apologize for the poor quality in pictures. We are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so everything (including the lighting) is a wreck right now!!

 

Look What Happens When You Wash Your Fruit and Veggies!!

 

I’ve always given my fruit and veggies a quick wash. Never have I seen results like this in the sink after.

I never bought into the idea that you should use soap or chemicals to wash your veggies but I didn’t feel like they were adequately getting clean.

Vinegar was really the only natural option. I hated the smell and sometimes I could taste it on the veggies I washed. Now I have Basic H!!! Not only is it safe toxic free household cleaner it works on veggies too!! I used two drops, (that right two drops!!) and it cleaned my fruits this morning.

This bottle of Basic H concentrate has over 48 gallons of cleaner in it. (Depending on how you use it)

*need a degreaser? Add 1 1/2 tsp to 16oz of water

*need an all purpose cleaner? Add 1/4 tsp to 16oz of water

*need to wash some Windows? Add 2 drops to 16oz of water

*need a fruit & veggie wash? Add 2 drops to a sink full of water.

Check out my website for other natural cleaning options!! Emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Brownie Batter Protein Bites

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Ingredients

Directions

Combine all ingredients then roll into balls. If you put them in the refrigerator they will get hard and not have the “batter” consistency but they are amazing both ways!!

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Enjoy!!

Thin Mint Smoothie

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In the spirit of Girl Scout Cookie Season, This recipe is perfect!!

Pass on the cookies and try this healthier alternative instead. It’s a fun twist on a green smoothie.
In blender add:
1 cup water
2 scoops Shaklee Life Energizing Shake (any flavor)
2 handfuls of mint
3 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 cup organic yogurt
2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Ice Cubes if desired


Top with chopped dark chocolate chips.

 

DIY Cloth Diaper Spray

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We have been Cloth Diapering for 3 and a half years now (well we got a 2 month break between our 2 year old being potty trained and the birth of his brother) and we love it!!

I will be the first to admit that it has been a process figuring out a system with non toxic detergents. Before we found Shaklee, we were always trying new non toxic detergents and failed miserably. We always have to use some kind of detergent for sensitive skin because my husband will break out all over his body!!

So I found myself using Tide for the diapers and Ecos for the rest of our clothes. It drove me insane that I was putting toxic residue against my baby’s skin and washing it down the drain into our water system. It just felt like I was canceling out our eco friendlyness of the cloth diapers.

Then I found Shaklee and their Laundry Line and things improved greatly!! You can read about my cloth diaper routine here. I still struggled with keeping them bright and the stains away. In the summer it’s not a problem because I put them in the sun to dry and bleach but in the winter I needed something else.

So I came up with my own recipe for a cloth diaper spray!! It uses all non toxic products and has been a lifesaver for my diapers!! Its so important for me too make these diapers last (especially since we want another baby someday).

Try this out and let me know what you think!!

What you need:

16 oz spray bottle

2 tsp. Basic H

3 tsp. Nature Bright

4 Pumps of Fresh Laundry Concentrate

*Fill squirt bottle with HOT water before adding ingredients (or it will overflow with bubbles)

*Add ingredients above and shake

*After rinsing solids out of cloth diaper, spray soiled area with diaper spray and throw in your hamper!! Thats it!!

Lactation Protein Smoothie Packs

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I have been working on perfecting a lactation smoothie that actually tastes good. My sister is having a baby in a couple of  weeks and I am making her a New Mama Care Package for her to come home to after the birth.

I thought pre packaged smoothie packs would be a great addition since it is so easy to pop them in a blender, add milk, and blend for a healthy meal when you don’t have time to cook (or enough hands).

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So after blending and tasting for a couple of weeks, I think I have it down. The oats, brewer’s yeast, and pure protein and omegas are a perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama!!

Have you ever had a lactation smoothie??

Ingredients:

2 scoops Vanilla or Chocolate Shaklee Life Shake
1 T Peanut Butter
¼ cup Oats
½ Banana
1-1.5 Tsp. Brewer’s Yeast
8 oz. Milk of choice
Ice as needed

Lactation Protein Balls

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I recently made these delicious little snacks for my sister who is waiting to deliver her sweet baby any day now. I am adding them to the New Mama Care Package that I am making for her to come home to.

The oats, brewers yeast, high quality protein and omegas are all the perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama. Not to mention the easy healthy snack that it will provide her when her hands are full and she is forgetting to eat!!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey
2 Tbs. Flax Seed
2 Tbs. Chia Seed
4 Tbs. Brewer’s Yeast
1 cup oats
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 26 protein balls.
These also freeze beautifully!!
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I hope you enjoy making this recipe for a sweet new mama in your life. Did you make lactation cookies for your milk supply?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls


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My kids beg to make protein balls several times a week. We make these almost every weekend and then snack on them all week long. Have you tried these yet? When I was in Trader Joes this week, I saw protein balls for sale for $1.70 EACH….I love TJ’s BUT….THAT’S INSANE!!! I make my own for way cheaper and they are sooo yummy!!!

Ingredients:
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey
1/2 Tbs. Flax Seed
1/2 Tbs. Chia Seed
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 16-17 protein balls.