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


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.

6 Apples
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 tsp Lemon Juice
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.


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


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.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Golden Green Juice!

This is a delicious sweet green juice recipe chock full of vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients.  It's a perfect way to start your day or as a nutrient burst pick me up midday.

  •  1 Gold Beet
  •  3 Carrots
  •  2 Collard Greens
  •  3 Kale Leaves w/ stem
  •  Fuji Apple
  •  1/2 Lemon 
  •  Slice of Ginger


Sunday, October 25, 2015

How To Drill A Pumpkin Lantern!

Last year my mom gave me a great idea when it came to carving my pumpkin.  Instead of the traditional jack-o-lantern we instead made a beautiful lantern out of a fantasy pumpkin.  This is such an easy project that yields a unique and beautiful holiday decoration.  Using a power drill and simply making holes in your pumpkin you can create whatever type of design you want.  It doesn't matter what size bit you use either.  Large or small works, and you can even use multiple sizes to create a fun look.  The best thing about this project is there is no right way to do it.  If you want you can create a design with your holes, make symmetrical lines or just make holes at random.

What you need:
A pumpkin
A Serrated Knife
A Large Spoon or Scoop
A Bowl
A Power Drill
A Candle

Using the serrated knife carve open the top of your pumpkin on a diagonal angel, this will keep the lid of your lantern from falling into the pumpkin once its scooped out.  Then scoop out the "guts" and seeds into your bowl.  Make sure to save your seeds so you can make ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS. Once you have removed all of the insides, using the side of your spoon try to even out the inside lining of your pumpkin.  This will help the light to escape later.

 Using whatever size drill bit you choose begin making holes.  Larger bits, are the easiest and will produce more light.  If you want a smaller more delicate look i would recommend making more holes. I used a 1/4 inch drill bit to make my holes in a random pattern going around my pumpkin.  If you want to be more methodical in your design I recommend using a marker to make a stencil on your pumpkin.


Once you are through drilling holes you will want to wipe of your pumpkin and remove any debris that may have fallen inside your pumpkin.

Now you are ready to light up your lantern.  I used a large votive in my pumpkin but you can also use one or more tea lights depending on how much light you want to shine through.

Now place outside for all your neighbors to see and be in awe of.


I didn't get a picture of my pumpkin lite up at night but here are some great photos of what drilled pumpkins look like!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Homemade Clean Apple Crisp!

Recently I have been overloaded with apples after an Apple Picking adventure, so I decided to create some new fall recipes.  First I took on the beloved Apple Crisp, or as some may refer to it, Apple Crumble.  At first I wasn't sure if I could create a Healthy Apple Crisp that would still taste great, so while I made my new creation I had my husband make a traditional apple crisp.  Once done we let our family be the judges!  Not only did everyone love my Apple Crisp, they actually preferred it to the traditional recipe.  Now, nothing against my husband's cooking skills, but I think the clean ingredients made the difference.  Below is my newest recipe for delicious Apple Crisp that is Gluten free, Grain Free, Dairy Free and contains no processed sugar!

For this recipe I used 6 apples of different varieties.  1 Jonathan, 1 Golden Delicious, 2 Red Delicious and 2 Cortland. I also did not peel the apples.  After Coring the apples I sliced them into small chucks and placed them in a medium sized mixing bowl.

  • 6 Apples
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon 
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Tsp Pure Maple Syrup 

 Combine all the filling ingredients in your bowl and stir until all the apples are evenly coated.


 Once your apples are coated spread them out into a large baking dish.

  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 Cup  Almond Flour
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup

Combine all the ingredients for the topping in your bowl and stir until mixed.


Crumble the topping over your apples until evenly coated.


 Bake the Apple Crisp at 350' for 45 Minutes.