Monday, October 28, 2013

Fat Burning Tea

Recipe for a delicious, fat burning, blood sugar leveling tea!
I won't go into all the details here. If you want to see some of the benefits of oolong tea, then click on link below where i found the original recipe.

4 Oolong Tea bags
unsweetened almond milk
cayenne pepper
stevia (optional)
vanilla extract
Brew 4 tea bags in 2 cups water in a quart mason jar. Let steep for 4-5 min, remove tea bags. Add ice till you have a full 4 cups tea (with all ice cubes melted). Pour half tea into another cup and save for the afternoon. Starting with mason jar half full of tea (2 cups) you will need to add ice till you have 3 1/2 cups, add above spices to taste, a squirt of liquid stevia, 1 tsp vanilla, fill the rest of way up with almond milk. Secure lid on and SHAKE! Remove lid. Add a fun straw and ENJOY!

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Is Sugar Toxic?

Do you think the leading cause of obesity not only in our nation, but in the world is sugar? I found this video to confirm everything I have researched on my own in the last two years, but also what I am learning in school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. click on the link below to watch the video!! Tell me what you think!
Catalyst: Toxic Sugar? - ABC TV Science

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unsweetened (Pumpkin) Apple Butter

You only need five (5) Ingredients:
3 large (48 oz) containers unsweetened applesauce
1 large can (29 oz) pure pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Empty the can of pumpkin  and 2 of the applesauce's into crock-pot (Do not throw away 2 of the applesauce containers. Wash, and refill with your finished product). Add  the above spices and stir. Add more applesauce till you are about 1 inch from the top. Stir again.

Heat on high (**with wooden spoon under lid) for approx 4 hours, then stir.
Turn on low overnight. Keep wooden spoon under lid during the whole cooking process.
Stir again in morning. You apple butter will be thicker and darker than when you started. Add more applesauce till it is back up to an inch from top. Cook on low all day...for a total of about 24 hours.
Let cool. Makes two large applesauce containers or around 100 ounces. I kept one large container for our house and divided the rest into smaller jars for gifts.

I use this in my stir-fry to mix a sweet with savory taste...its delish! I use it in my pumpkin protein bars instead of the applesauce it calls for. I add it to my "clean" granola as one of the wet ingredients. I take one cup of apple butter with 1 scoop vanilla protein powder and top it on a rice cake with sliced bananas...can you say AMAZING!!

**Placing the spoon under the lid will help the liquid evaporate overnight.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Can microwaves be hazardous to our heath??

After reading this article about microwaves, and if they are hazardous to our health, I came to the conclusion that they are not...really.
While it may not "hurt" us, it sure doesn't sound too appetizing when you realize that the water molecules in food absorb microwave energy, making them vibrate, causing the food to heat up and be cooked.
 I may not be able to give up the microwave in our household for good, but after reading this, I think I will try and cook my oatmeal on the stove each morning and heat my water for tea in my tea kettle. Its all about the little steps.
Live Healthy. Live Happy.