I love talking about food, nutrition, wellness and beauty. So, I thought that, I would share how my days usually go, that keeps me full of energy, balanced, looking and feeling my best. I learned a lot of this when I studied Holistic Nutrition and Medicine at Clayton College of Natural Health. How we break our fast, from the night before is very important . Eating a healthier, lighter diet and drinking plenty of fluids, helps cleanse and nourish the body gently, so you may have more energy and clarity throughout the day. What is happening, is we are flushing out built up mucous in the body, as we consume pure liquids, high fiber fruits and veggies, during the am.
Here is my sample of an Ideal Morning routine to cleanse the body, reduce inflammation, boost energy and jump start your day.
Wake up with the sun. Go to bed early enough to wake up without an alarm.
Sit quietly or lie up in bed, pray, meditate, deep breathing. Release any concerns or frustrations. Let things go. Visualize your day.
Pray, and I love reading my bible and other spiritual books.
Drink 2 cups of purified water with a squeeze of lemon.
Yoga and deep breathing for 20-30 minutes.
Eat 1 or 2 pieces of fruit.
Go for a vigorous morning walk or weight training 30 minutes
Get ready for my day.
Eat a whole grain breakfast, I love cooked oats or quinoa. Consume 30 – 60 minutes after the fruit.
Take my supplements.
In 1 or 2 hours, mid morning. a handful of nuts and/or seeds.
Now this depends upon any health issues you may have. So, ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER, BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW ROUTINE.
I am kidney transplant survivor and this works well for me, even when I have to p]0take medication.
I will share my Ideal Afternoon routine tomorrow, remember to always Set the Table with Love.
Breakfast is served and packed with over 15 grams of vegan plant based protein. I love a good breakfast in the morning to get me started with my day. Today I wanted something sweet, dense nutritious and easy to make. So, I made this Raw Apple Cinnamon Balls, but felt they needed something extra special. What is more special than apple butter. This is my raw chunky version of the traditional apple butter, which is not butter at all, but slow cooked apples with spices.
The balls are loaded with hemp seeds, gluten free oats and anti inflammatory spices like cinnamon and ginger. They are a great way to fuel your busy day with a natural sweet treat.
For the balls
1 1 /2 cups gluten free rolled oats ( 1 cup to make flour and 1/2 cup or more for texture at the end of the processing)
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped gala apples
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons of grated ginger
pinch of sea salt to taste
For the Raw Apple Butter:
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon of the Raw Apple Cinnamon Ball mixture ( 1 tbsp of distilled or purified water)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened but not melted
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of sea salt to taste
In your food processor, grind 1 cup of oats until you have a flour and then set aside. Add the raisins and the apples to the food processor and process until it’s smooth, and then add the vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
Process until thoroughly combined and then add the remaining oats to mixture. Pulse. Remove from the processor and place an a large bowl. Look at the texture, if it is too sticky add Add ¼ cup of the gluten free oats, a little at a time and stir it all together until well incorporated into the mixture. You do not want a stick or too dry mixture. You want the balls to feel like soft play doh. Roll tightly into balls. You’ll have to squeeze them together to get them to stick and make a nice round ball. For the Raw Apple Butter : Add the raisins, one tablespoon of the apple cinnamon ball mixture and the water to a processor. Process until you a have smooth chancy mixture. Add the remaining ingredients. Once processed, stir everything together and add the butter to a nice bowl to serve along side your Raw Apple Cinnamon balls. This butter is also great on cinnamon raisin toast in the morning as well with a cup of tea.