Fresh Finds with Alisa Murray Winter 2018

Wintertime is a fabulous time to make butters to moisturize your body, some healthy food since we all know what we are going to be eating here shortly is a bunch of sweets, and some bath goodies that you can make ahead and give as gifts. The gel can be modified from a beautiful lavender to a gorgeous red by changing the powder you use and the essential oil. For example, change it to red and add peppermint oil for a holiday treat!

Auntie A’s Peachy Spicy Avocado Toast
There are so many varieties of avocado toast popping up in some of my favorite restaurants. Many of them have a simple salted squished avocado smeared onto a piece of french bread. My recipes includes some veggies making it a more heartier version and it is well paired with my tomato basil cream soup.

You’ll need: Sourdough bread sliced
2 large ripe avocados
2 cups of ripe peeled peaches
1 small red onion chopped very finely
1/2 cup raw sweet corn freshly cut off the cob
1/2 red pepper cut into small squares
1/2 chopped seeded and washed jalapeño
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 limes juiced

Slice the bread and avocado, squeeze the juice over the avocado and fan out across the bread. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and spoon over the avocado and bread. Yummy!!

Alisa Murray’s Go to Green Tonic with Sunwarrior protein

This little number is packed with protein and nutrients that my body loves! When you are running around like I am and there’s not a lot of time for “you” this is a great way to make sure you get into your body what it needs.

You’ll need: 12 oz of water ( I prefer Dasani because of the extra minerals)
1 oz. Sunwarrior liquid
1 scoop of Sunwarrior Ormus Super Greens
1 lemon squeezed
1 oz. apple cider vinegar (I prefer Braggs)
Shaved fresh ginger like about a 1/2 tablespoon
1/4 tsp. Turmeric
1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil
Handful of fresh blackberries
1 dollop of whipped cream

In your blender place everything and a 1/2 cup of ice. Blend together and enjoy!

Alisa’s Nice and Spicy Chai Tea Milk Bath
The warm spices of cinnamon and cloves always reminds me of autumn and the holiday season. Their aromas comfort us in the fall and we eat them and smell them and they are just lovely. I created a salty milk bath that soothes the skin from cooler months dryness and the senses from the daily grind.

You’ll Need: 1 cup Epsom salts
2 tablespoons of cloves
1/2 cup of cinnamon sticks shaved
1 teaspoon of nutmeg, and all spice
1 tablespoon of dried orange peels

Run a hot bath and put all of the salts and spices into the tub. Add a cup or even two if you want to be even more luxurious of whole milk. Slip into that wonderful mixture and feel the magic of the season!

Alisa’s Carrot Seed and Roses Body Butter
When you figure out how to make body butter your while world will change! This one is possible my favorite for this time of the year! It has a beautiful orange color and the added benefit of rose oil makes you smell…well….like a rose! 🙂 If you want to give them as gifts I’d recommend finding a beautiful glass container with a sealable lid so that it can stay air tight.

You’ll Need: 1 cup of coconut oil (the solid kind)
16 drops of carrot oil
10 drops of rose oil
Whip the coconut oil until it looks like whip cream
add the drops of oils and continue to whip until blended
transfer into the glass containers of your choice and seal for gifting

Nana’s Violet infused Aloe Vera Gel
My grandmother always had violets in her window seals and I remember loving the deep purple colors. Aloe vera gel is soothing for cuts and burns, sunburn and scrapes. I mix violet powder to regular aloe vera gel to give it a beautiful color that reminds me of my grandmother! If you want to really dress it up add a few drops of lavender oil!

You’ll need: 1 cup of Aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon of lavender powder
* a few drops of lavender oil
Place all in a bowl and mix it together. Pour into a air tight container and for added effect keep in the refrigerator. * As mentioned earlier… you can alter this recipe to be seasonal. Make it red and add peppermint oil as they make great gifts!

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