Friday, September 26, 2014

Homemade Apple Cider Without Sugar

Today I made my own homemade apple cider! It came out amazing! I wanted to get some this week-end, but I know there's usually added sugar. Remember, processed sugar causes inflammation. Unless it's natural sugar from fruits or other natural foods, it's a definite no-no for RA & fibro.
Sugar free spicy goodness!
I looked online to see what ingredients were usually in apple cider. It was so easy to do this, you just need to be home checking on it for about 4 hours. Lucky for me I had most of these ingredients on hand! I went to the store for the spices.
Simple, fresh ingredients
Throw all into large pot:
12 apples cut up
1-2 oranges, cut up
4-5 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves
2 whole nutmegs
1 cup pitted dates (in place of sugar)

Add water, enough for everything to float. I added about 2 cups extra just cause I wanted more!
Pretty & so aromatic mmmm
Let boil for 1 hour uncovered.
Reduce heat to simmer after an hour & cover it.
Let simmer for 3 hours. Check on it periodically mushing up the apples & oranges as they get soft.
After about 3 hours. Mush!
After 4 hours it's ready to drain. I just used a colander & bam! Deeeelish!!
Drained & ready to enjoy
Apple cinnamon spicy Homemade Apple Cider sugarfree warmth! And the place smells soooo good. Now hopefully someone else will clean up the pots.
Happy Fall, everyone!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Berrylicious Smoothie Snack

So easy...so refreshing...so nutritious. I was craving something sweet & filling, but was feeling lazy. I usually have a freezer filled with frozen fruits & veggies. I opened it & said Ah Ha! Hence this gorgeous Berrylicious Smoothie.
Mmmm Berry good
I used all frozen fruit, fresh will work too, but then blend in plenty of ice.
Frozen fruit is easy to keep & blend
Blend all together:
Raspberries
Blueberries
StrawberriesBanana
Splash of POM juice
Some water
Go! Bullet Go!
I added some lime to mine as I usually do. All these simple, healthy ingredients are good for you!
Bet you didn't know that raspberries contain lots of Vitamin C, fiber & help control inflammation.

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, which those with a lowered immune system need.

Strawberries are extremely good for you. They protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer.

Bananas help your heart, eyes & bowels.

Cheers!
Enjoy your glass of sweet & healthy love!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte

It's that time again! Time to be bombarded with ads for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.
But make your own instead, its so easy, and much better for you! Most store bought drinks are laden with yucky chemicals.
Tasty!
So easy to make! Just blend all ingredients:
Fresh brewed coffee
2 scoops pumpkin from can
1/2 frozen banana
cinnamon
nutmeg
Dash of vanilla
Cream
Ice
Save a trip to the coffee shop!
Now go outside & enjoy your yummy & healthy drink in the nice summer weather before it gets cold out.
Ahh