Harvest Quinoa Salad

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

Looking for a fresh new salad recipe to try out for dinner tonight? You’re in luck! Try this delicious Harvest Quinoa Salad recipe from Natural Delights!

 

Harvest Quinoa Salad

By Natural Delights Medjool Dates

 

Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes (squash and farro) | Yield: 6 servings

 

Ingredients

 

Salad:

 

  • 1 Cup Cooked Farro
  • 1 Cup Butternut Squash, Cubed and Roasted
  • 1 Large Gala Apple, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion, Diced
  • 2 Cups Kale, Chopped and Massaged
  • 6 Natural Delights® Dates, Pitted*
  • 1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds

 

Dressing:

 

  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • 2 T. Maple Syrup
  • 2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp. Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

 

* Find “Pitted Medjool Dates” in a Store

 

Preparation

 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all the salad ingredients together and gently toss until combined.
  2. Next, prepare the dressing by adding all the ingredients into a small, lidded jar, then seal and shake until thoroughly mixed.
  3. When ready, pour the dressing over the salad and carefully toss.
  4. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

 

*While Medjool dates are high in natural sugars, they are low on the glycemic index thanks to a balanced amount of soluble fiber. The complex carbohydrates found in Medjool dates are digested at a slower rate, making them a source of dietary fiber and releasing energy to the body over a longer period of time.

 

Find more delicious recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

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Fun Activities For When It’s Raining


By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

We don’t get rain in Arizona very often, but when it rains, it pours! On a rainy day, the question is always, “What can I do today?”. Lucky for you, we have a whole list of fun activities and miscellaneous tasks that will keep you busy and focused on something other than the rain! Check them out below.

 

Exercise

 

It’s always hard to get out and exercise when it’s raining, especially if you like to exercise outdoors by running, hiking, biking, etc. Try these ideas instead:

 

• Go to the gym.
• If you have a home gym, use it!
• Try out a home workout video from Planet Fitness (requires no equipment!).
• Try out a home yoga video from Yoga With Adriene.
• If you have stairs, incorporate them in your workout.
• Play any video games you have that require movement (like Just Dance on the Wii or Beat Sabers or Acron on the Oculus in VR).

 

Fun

 

Don’t just sit around and nap all day! Do something fun with your family and make some memories. Try these ideas:

 

• Make a blanket fort – this was one of my favorite things to do as a little kid. It’s still fun when you’re older if you set it up in front of a movie!
• Have a movie night – make popcorn, grab some sodas and candy and put on a new show or one of your favorites.
• Board games – bring out all of your board and card games and have fun playing with your family! Some of my favorites are Apples to Apples, Secret Hitler, Cover Your Assets, and Quelf.
• Do a DIY project – Whether you’re looking to make a fun craft or something that lasts, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of Fill Your Plate’s ideas for DIY projects in the articles linked here.
• Make an ice cream or hot chocolate bar – Put together all your favorite ingredients and toppings and watch a movie while you enjoy your ice cream or hot chocolate! See here for Fill Your Plate’s article on How to Make an Easy, Fancy, and Delicious Hot Chocolate Bar.

 

Food

 

It can be easy to feel lazy on a rainy day and not want to cook… which is totally fine! Check out these ideas for rainy day meals and snacks:

 

• Make a charcuterie board and graze on these snacks throughout the day. Don’t forget to put it back in the fridge in between bites!
• Order food for delivery through DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, or another food delivery app. My favorite rainy day foods are Chinese food and soups.
• You can also get groceries delivered via Instacart if you don’t feel like running to the grocery store.
• If you are stocked up on groceries, try doing some meal prep to get ahead for the week. It takes up time, you won’t have to make meals later, and you can get your family to do it with you. Try some of the recipes from Fill Your Plate’s meal prep articles, found here.
• Make your ideal comfort food, whatever it is – homemade macaroni and cheese, bacon, broccoli and potato soup, or homemade spaghetti or pasta with pink sauce with melted cheese on top are my favorites! Homemade pizza is another fun one that makes a great family activity too!

 

Find more fun activities to do on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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How to Use Essential Oils to Improve Your Health

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

Are you only using your essential oils for your diffuser and aren’t quite sure what else to do with them? Well then you’re in the right place! Learn how to use essential oils as a rub, in a drink of water, as a swallowable capsule, even in your cooking and cleaning, and so much more! doTERRA goes over the benefits of essential oils and how to use them in a way that’s easy to understand and execute. Learn more about using essential oils to improve your health below.

 

If you need to apply essential oil to the skin, make sure to mix the essential oil with a carrier oil first to dilute it. If you apply pure essential oil directly onto your skin, it can get itchy, dry, and irritated. You can use fractionated coconut oil or doTERRA’s body oil blend as a carrier oil.

 

How to use essential oils for your health:

 

Circulatory System

Digestive System

Endocrine System

Immune System

Integumentary System

Musculoskeletal System

Nervous System

Reproductive System

Respiratory System

 

To learn more about how you can use essential oils for the topics listed below, click here.

 

  • Beauty and Personal Care
  • Kids
  • Reduce Toxic Load
  • Eat Right
  • Lifestyle
  • Informed Self-care
  • Exercise
  • Mood Management
  • Sleep

 

Find more health tips on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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Apple Crisps with Caramel Date Drizzle

Photo by Loubies and Lulu

 

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

Looking for a healthier version of pie to make this winter season? We’ve got you covered! Try this recipe for apple crisps with caramel date drizzle from Loubies and Lulu and Natural Delights.

 

Ingredients

 

For The Date Caramel Sauce:

 

  • 1 cup packed pitted Natural Delights Medjool Dates (soak in warm water for 10 min prior to using, then drain well before adding to blender)
  • ¾ canned light coconut milk (or nut milk of your choice)
  • 1 tsp sea salt or regular salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

For the Apple Filling:

 

  • 5–6 medium apples, sliced to ¼ in thickness (about 8 cups)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger

 

For the Caramel Crumble Topping:

 

  • 1 cup chopped nuts of your choice
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil (softened) or ghee
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp date caramel sauce (recipe above)
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt

 

(Find “1 lb Medjool Dates” in your local grocery store.)

 

Preparation

 

For the Date Caramel Sauce

 

  1. Soak dates in warm water for 5 min prior to using, then drain well before adding to blender
  2. Remove the pits from the dates (if not already pitted)
  3. Add dates to the blender jar along with the salt, vanilla, and ¾ cup light coconut milk.
  4. Blend for about 15-30 seconds. Stop blender and scrape down sides, pushing unmixed ingredients down into the jar.
  5. Cover and blend again for 15-30 seconds.
  6. Repeat until all ingredients are well integrated and you reach the desired consistency. Add the additional ¼ cup of coconut milk to thin the mixture further. (¾ cup of coconut milk seems perfect for dipping/dollops, and 1 cup makes it a little thinner for drizzling)
  7. Refrigerate until ready to use then pull out for a few minutes prior to serving.
  8. With mixer on low, gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined.

 

For the Apple Filling

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with the spices until evenly coated, then transfer to a baking dish and set aside.

 

For the Caramel Crumble Topping

 

  1. Put all crumble topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse, until the nuts are coarsely chopped and the ingredients are well combined.
  2. Push the mixture down sides of blender bowl if needed and pulse again. Don’t over process, you want the texture to be thick and crumbly. (This does not take long.)
  3. Sprinkle the topping all over the apples to fully cover.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven loosely covered in a sheet of foil for 50 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and bake 5-10 more minutes, until the apples are soft and the topping is slightly golden and crisp.
  6. Let sit for 15-20 minutes to cool before serving.
  7. Serve with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and/or drizzle some of the date caramel sauce over the top for extra gooey caramelly goodness!
  8. If you have leftovers, store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days and reheat before serving…enjoy!

 

*While Medjool dates are high in natural sugars, they are low on the glycemic index thanks to a balanced amount of soluble fiber. The complex carbohydrates found in Medjool dates are digested at a slower rate, making them a source of dietary fiber and releasing energy to the body over a longer period of time.

 

Find more Natural Delights dates recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

 

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Quick, Quality DIY Gifts for The Hobbyist

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

Is someone’s birthday is coming up and you don’t know what to get them? Don’t worry, we have some great gift ideas for your friends with hobbies! Check them out below.

 

 

 

Homemade Handwarmers

By Rae Ann Kelly blog

 

Perfect for those who like to play in the snow.

Find the instructions here.

 

 

 

 

 

Scrabble Coasters

By Simply Darrling blog

 

The best gift for people who like to play board games or read.

Find the instructions here.

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing Kit

By The Gunny Sack blog

 

This is a great gift for people who are crafty or artsy.

Find the instructions here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baking Kit

By The Gunny Sack blog

 

This gift is perfect for the bakers in your life.

Find the instructions here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking Kit

By The Lydi Out Loud blog

 

Just the right thing to get for your chef friends.

Find the instructions here.

For a striped version, see here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Kit

By Smashed Peas and Carrots blog

 

This handy kit makes the perfect gift, whether your friend is an expert seamstress or just beginning.

Find the instructions here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map Coasters

By Heathered Nest blog

 

These make the perfect personalized gift for your friend who moved recently, loves their hometown, or likes to travel.

Find the instructions here.

 

 

 

 

Looking for some more inspiration? Try looking on the Fill Your Plate blog, or some of these blogs for more ideas:

 

51 Christmas Gift in a Jar Ideas

Gifts In A Jar Homemade Gift Ideas

15+ Mason Jar Gift Ideas

25 Cheap {But Gorgeous!} DIY Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts to Make This Year

47 Clever DIY Coasters Projects

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