Let me offer a yummy coping strategy that has often times worked for me, especially in stressful times. Many people, I have noticed, have turned to comfort food over the last couple years, so as to soothe their worried soul. Which is okay if what you are turning to are healthy choices. I mean really, we all need healthy nourishment every day.

So, here's one yummy option I would like to share... that of using citrus oils in a quick and easy snack like my Cheese Cake in a Jar. Did you know that you can cook with a GRAS certified essential oil? You can and it is oh, so healthy and oh, so handy and oh, so yummy. No more opening the fridge to find that the citrus fruits that you had planned on using that day have spoiled because they've been in there much... too... long.

Let me give you a little recipe on how to use a blend of 5 citrus oils and/or lime oil to make a yummy fruit dip. Or maybe you will choose to just eat it right out of the jar, you know… without the crust, like I do. I call it my Cheesecake in a Jar. Okay, here’s the recipe.

Cheesecake in a jar

Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • Heavy whipping cream (caned)
  • 5 drops Citrus Fresh or Lime essential oil
  • Top with strawberries & whipped cream or use your favorite fruit slices for dipping

Instructions:

Put a block of cream cheese in your mixing bowl and whip it up until it is nice and fluffy. Then add in heavy whipping cream (the kind in a can that comes out in a fancy little swirl). I like to use sugar free because it has zero carbs. You will want to get the yummy concoction to the consistency you like, so you can dip your sliced fruit in it.

I would suggest that you go to the grocery store and get one of those little fruit trays where various kinds of fruit are already sliced up for you. The fruit along with the citrus blend or lime flavored dip will be an excellent treat… one that you can be proud to serve to your guests.

Oh yes! you will gain the reputation of having the yummiest citrus blend cheesecake or key-lime pie ready to serve up at a moments notice. Or if it's just you and your family, put the creamy delight in a couple or three small mason jars lined with crushed graham crackers or not (for low carb).

What a refreshingly light little snack to have on hand when the urge to stress-eat rears it's ugly head.

So, after you whip up the cream cheese and add the whipped cream, simply drip in about 5 drops of Citrus Fresh or Lime Vitality oil for a dreamsicle or key-lime experience. If you are looking for low carb then sweeten it with powdered stevia. If you don’t care about the carbs or the calories, then you can sweeten it with powdered sugar. How much you add is up to you. Either way… its yummy! And so easy.

You can store it in the refrigerator and bring it out for a quick desert or snack any time, night or day. Plus, it is healthy because the citrus and lime vitalities are loaded with vitamin C, d-limonene and immune supporting goodness. And who couldn't use a little extra immune system boost these days?

Ready to eat healthier with vitality oils?








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