CBD snacks and drinks for self-quarantine happiness
Get blissful with a baked good…
When stuck at home (possibly with kids!) it’s easy to whip up some cookies or a cocktail and indulge a little. It makes the day fun, and provides food therapy during these trying times. If you read our last blog about microdosing, you might be ready to start adding CBD to your favorite food and drinks throughout the day. Read on for our CBD-lish guide to get a little cannabis in your #shelterinplace diet.
Note: Tinctures are the easiest way to add CBD to your diet, and they are very convenient. The following guidelines and recipes reference Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract, specifically Lunchbox Alchemy Tinctures in either 500mg or 1000mg sizes, however, dosages of CBD added to each recipe can be modified based on your preferences.
General guidelines for using CBD with food and drinks:
For best results, don’t cook your CBD
The terpenes (those aromatic molecules that create color, smell, and taste) in Hemp Extract can degrade when heated, so for best results, you’ll want to add it “raw” or to recipes that don’t require cooking. This article features drinks, a no-bake cookie recipe, and a salad dressing, so you’ll get the biggest CBD bang for your buck!
If you find a recipe that is just begging to be baked - brownies or cakes for example - bake at no greater then 340 degrees Fahrenheit. That way you can have your cake and your (most potent) dose of CBD too.
Follow the CBD “Best By” Rules:
Try to create recipes that you can portion out into individual servings, and then freeze or store the rest in the fridge as soon as possible.
Because Hemp Extract does break down over time, store unconsumed treats and drinks in the fridge and enjoy within the next week or two. You can also freeze already prepared CBD edibles for several months. Freezing works best for recipes that would normally freeze well - i.e. cookies or you could also freeze coffee in ice cube trays and add one or two to an iced coffee later.
Single portion recipes are easier to keep away from kids or those who don’t want to eat CBD…
Not too many 8-year-olds will want to drink your coffee, but they may want to eat your cookies. Make a batch or a split the batch to have some contain CBD and some cookies that are “virgin.” Be sure to label and store non-CBD and CBD infused concoctions separately!
Coffee and Cocktails are easy to customize your CBD dosage as well. You may want to start with 15mg, but your partner or roommate may know that they want to start at 25mg.
CBD Recipes for sheltering in place:
But First CBD Coffee:
Makes one coffee and gets you off on the right foot.
This first one isn’t really a recipe, so much as it is an idea…
To add CBD to your morning (or afternoon) coffee, simply pour your house brew and add your desired shot of Hemp Extract. Try starting with 1 full dropper of your preferred dosage (500 or 1000mg) of Full-Spectrum Lunchbox Alchemy Hemp Extract.
Level up: #treatyoself and take an excursion through your favorite coffee drive-thru (check to make sure they are open). Try adding Blood Orange or Peppermint Full-Spectrum Lunchbox Alchemy Hemp Extract to a mocha!
Orange You Better Butter:
If a dose of CBD in your coffee isn’t quite enough, slather a little flavored CBD butter on your morning carb of choice. This butter is craveable in its own right, but CBD only makes it better.
Makes 1 cup
1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ tablespoons ground coriander
Sprinkle of salt
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 full droppers of Blood Orange Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract (in 500mg or 1000mg based on your preference)
In a shallow bowl, mash the butter slightly with a fork.
Sprinkle the coriander, salt, and orange zest over the top and gently mix in with the fork.
Add the honey, orange juice and Hemp Extract and mix to combine.
Spread on toast, muffins or have a decadent CBD moment with a croissant.
Small Batch No-Bake CBD Cookies:
Makes about 15 cookies
¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar
¼ cup milk
½ cup peanut butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup oats
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup raw or toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
.5 oz Unflavored Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract (in 500mg or 1000mg based on your preference)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and measure out all your ingredients.
In a medium saucepan melt the butter and stir in the sugar and milk.
Then bring to a gentle boil for 2 minutes while stirring (you need to keep stirring/whisking so that the milk doesn’t burn). **Make sure to use a timer here**
Then remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla, followed by the oats. Add in the cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Stir in the Hemp Extract in your desired strength.
Drop in tablespoon mounds onto the prepared cookie sheet and place in the fridge to set.
CBD Citrus Salad Dressing:
Have a little CBD at dinner - in a dressing that have anyone the wiser. Tasty and healthy.
Makes about 1 cup of salad dressing
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
zest and juice of 1 lemon
zest and juice of 1 orange
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon agave, honey or sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1-2 tablespoons white wine or white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons mild Dijon or Düsseldorf mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
.5 oz Unflavored or Blood Orange Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract (in 500mg or 1000mg based on your preference)
Blend all ingredients in a blender or in a jar with a whisk.
Honeybee CBD Cocktail:
Makes 1 cocktail
For the honey syrup:
1 cup honey
1⁄3 cup hot water
For the cocktail:
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
3⁄4 oz. honey syrup
1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
2 oz. gin, preferably Beefeater
1 full dropper Lunchbox Alchemy Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract (in 500mg or 1000mg), preferably Unflavored or Blood Orange
Make the honey syrup: In a container, combine honey and hot water and stir until completely mixed. Use immediately or store and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
In a shaker tin, combine fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, ginger, gin, Hemp Extract of choice, and ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.
Level up: add a “honeybee” garnish: slice two long pieces of fresh ginger and one slice of lemon. Cut the lemon slice in half. Stack ginger slices at an angle from each other and then fold the half lemon slice over. Secure with a cocktail pick and rest on the edge of the glass.
Get to the kitchen! We want to see your CBD creations. Mix up something delicious and take a picture for social media. Tag us on Instagram @lunchbox_alchemy_cbd.
Pick up provisions on your next shopping trip out and stock up on Hemp Extracts from Lunchbox Alchemy. Check here for our products and availability.