Monday, December 14, 2015

Green Lemonade!

I love my Green Lemonade juice! It is Light and fresh with a sweet flavor.  It's easy and only requires a handful of ingredients.  Being that I am not much of a fan of Celery, I use Bok Choy as a base for this juice, but you can use either or both!





Ingredients:
  • 5 Celery or Bok Choy
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Lemon
  • Small Chunk of Ginger  





ENJOY!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Paleo Peanut Butter Cups!

This recipe for Paleo Peanut Butter Cups is super fast and easy to make.  They are a great snack for when you are craving something sweet. I have a huge sweet tooth and these hit the spot.  Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with Resse's peanut butter cups. They were by all accounts my favorite food group.  These days I have adopted more of a clean eating lifestyle and stay away from highly processed foods and candy.  So with traditional Resse's being out I decided to create my own clean version of my favorite childhood treat.  They contain no hydrogenated oils or refined sugars, just natural clean ingredients.  This delicious snack only requires a few simple ingredients and about 10 minutes!  For more healthy snacks to help you get through the holiday season check out some of the ideas over at Nuts.com

Ingredients:

For my cups I used a small chocolate mold, you however can use a muffin tin or even an ice cube tray.


Directions:
  1. In a small bowl add your chocolate chips and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until melted.
  2.  Evenly divide the chocolate into your mold/tray
  3. In a small bowl place your almond butter, oil and honey, then microwave for about 30 seconds or until it's melted.
  4. Pour your almond butter mixture on top of each of the chocolate bottoms.
  5.  Place your mold/tin in the freezer for about an hour.
  6. When you take your cups out of freezer you may be able to just pop them out of your mold/tray.  If not carefully go around the edges with a knife and they will pop out.


ENJOY!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Vita Kale Juice!

Today I'm enjoying my Vita Kale juice! A sweet green juice loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients. 



Ingridients: 
  • 4 Large Kale Leaves
  • 1 Golden Beet w/Stem 
  • 3 Carrots 
  • 1 Apple 
  • 1 Orange 
  • 1/2 Lemon 
  • Small Chunk of Ginger 






Juice and enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Carrot Apple Ginger Juice

I love this delicious and easy juice .  It is also a great immune booster as we head into colder weather.  Fresh fruits and veggies are full of great nutrients that can help keep your immune system strong.  Since I am rolling in apples right now, I added one to this juice to add some sweetness.

These three ingredients are a power house of immune protection.  Apples contain immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Carrots benefit the heart, lungs, skin, eyes, and  immune system as well as fight infection. Ginger stimulates circulation and also has anti-inflammatory abilities. 







  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 Apple
  • 3/4 inch Chunk of Ginger







Juice and Enjoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Green Rainbow Juice!

 
  • 3 Collard Greens
  • A Handful of Spinach
  • 3 Rainbow Swiss Chard
  • 2 Carrots
  • Golden Beet w/ stem
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Apple
  • Slice of Ginger


Enjoy!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Homemade Apple Sauce

Homemade Clean Apple Sauce is delicious and easy to make!  It also tastes better than the apple sauce you would buy at the store, and has no added sugar, preservatives, colors or chemicals.



Ingredients:
6 Apples
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Water
1 Tbsp Raw Honey (optional)

What you need:
Sauce Pot
Blender or Food Processor







Making your own homemade apple sauce is quick and easy! First wash and peel your apples.




 Once peeled, slice your apples and remove the core.  Then place your sliced apples and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and fill with water.  You want the water to be level with the apples without actually covering your apples.  




Cook your apples on high heat for about 15 minutes until they are soft and all the water has been absorbed. Once cooked, place the apples (minus the cinnamon sticks) into your blender or food processor. Now add the lemon juice and raw honey if you want to add a sweetener. If your apples are tart, you may want to add the  honey to balance out the flavor.  Blend until the apples are broken down. 

Now you can serve and enjoy your applesauce! 



 You can store your fresh homemade apple sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.


 ENJOY!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Golden Kale Juice!

 Today's nutrient-dense fresh pressed green juice is not only tasty but packed of full of essential vitamins!  When you drink fresh green juice you are essentially getting a direct infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Since your body does not need to break them down, they go straight into your system. This is why juicing in the morning can give your body a natural energy boost!






  • 1 Golden Beet w/ Stem
  • 4 Large Kale Leaves 
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Fuji Apple
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Slice of Ginger







ENJOY!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Easy Homemade Apple Cider!

     
This is my simple recipe for homemade Apple Cider.  It's so easy, you make it in a crock pot! For this batch I used 6 apples of the same variety, but feel free to use a couple different types of apples if you want.  You can also mix together sweeter and tart varieties for a great flavor. You can also add a slice of orange for an unique citrus burst.   Besides being left with wonderfully delicious clean apple cider, making this will leave your home smelling amazing!




What you need: 
6 Apples
3 Cinnamon sticks or 2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 clove
1 tsp ground allspice
1 Tbsp Raw Honey








Quarter your apples and place all of your ingredients in your crock pot.  Then cover with filtered water.  Place the lid on top and set the crock pot to high.



After a three hours your apples will be soft, using a wooden spoon you can stir the apples to help them break down.  Mashing up the soft apples will help their flavor absorb into the cider.  Now let the mash simmer on high for another three hours.



Once your apples have fully broken down it's time to strain your cider.  I used my NUT BAG to strain my cider but you can use a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth.  I first transferred my cider to a large measuring cup so it would be easier to strain.  You may also want to allow the cider to cool for about 20 minutes or pop it in the fridge for a few minutes since you will need to squeeze the mash and you don't want to burn your hands.


After removing the cinnamon sticks slowly pour your cider through your strainer over a large bowl, then begin to squeeze the liquid out of the mash. Continue to squeeze until all the liquid has been removed, you will be left with very little mash.



Now you have fresh homemade Apple Cider!



Since I use no processed sugars in my kitchen, this recipe only contains a small amount of raw honey. If you want want a completely sugar free cider you can omit the honey.  Apples are sweet on their own so your cider will still taste wonderfully. 

Now you can serve your apple cider! I prefer it warm but this cider taste great served warm or cold! You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. I also add the cinnimon sticks back to the cider after I strain it.




ENJOY!