How to Break “Fast” and Have more Energy

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.

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How to break a Fast

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.

 

RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest ( Eat your skincare)

It’s the New Year and everyone is thinking about detoxing out all of that holiday feasting.  Did you know eating more Raw foods not only is awesome for your healthy, but for your skin, hair and nails as well. I did a diet of only Raw and Vegan for almost 6 months. My hair grew faster, my nails were so much stronger and my face had this beautiful glow. Well ,B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies also helped with that, but my eating gave me an extra glow.

So, today I woke up wanted something with blueberries. This recipe came to me. I think it will be one of my favorites. I am going to try making Raw Banana Nut muffins, and  Raw Orange and Cranberry muffins, and, and, and. LOL. Enjoy! Happy New Year! Oh yes, please this year Set the Table Love!   RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest
RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

INGREDIENTS 1/2  cup of distilled water as needed

2 ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup ground flax-seed

1 cup raisins

1  blueberries and half of cup for garnishing

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp

vanilla extract

1 tsp sea salt

RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest
RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

INSTRUCTIONS In a food processor, process rolled oats into a flour. Add in  flax-seed and process. Add raisins and process. Add in the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well. If the dough is too sticky add a few more oats. If the dough is too dry add a little water as needed. I used about a tbsp of water to soften my dough. Add your mixture to muffin pan tray to shape. I placed mine in the fridge for 10 minutes to mold and removed from mold and topped with blueberries, lemon zest and dust of honey powder.

RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal Cinnamon Topping

Who doesn’t love Apple Pie. It’s Fall ! A girl needs a little apple pie in her life during these autumn months. I love eating healthy but it must taste delicious. I bought a ton of apples a few days ago at my local Sprouts store. My intention was to juice these apples and yes I will sometime later this week but I was craving something a little more decadent.

So here is my version on a RAW Caramel Apple pie. Enjoy!! This pie is loaded with vegan based protein, courtesy of Georgia Grinders Nut Butters. I used there delicious NaturAlmond  Almond Flour Meal to make the crust. I also added a little of there NaturAlmond Almond butter inside my Raw Caramel sauce. 

This pie is always an awesome go to when you are detoxing and want something sweet and healing for the body.  If I  have any leftover, I put a whole slice in my Ninja with a little almond milk and it makes an incredible apple pie smoothie. Hope you enjoy this recipe and Remember to always Set the Table with Love.   

RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping ( with an Oatmeal and Raisin crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping ( with an Oatmeal, Almond and Raisin crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon topping  ( Oatmeal Raisin Crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon topping
( Oatmeal and Almond Raisin Crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping

Oatmeal Almond and Raisin Crust

1 cups  Gluten Free Oatmeal

1 cup NaturAlmond Almond Flour meal 

2 cups raisins

1 teaspoon of red sea salt or sea salt

Caramel Sauce

1 cup raisins

2 tbsp NaturAlmond Butter

1 tsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp distilled water

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 vanilla bean

generous pinch of salt

2 cups of water to soak the raisins

Filling

3 fuji apples diced

2 granny smith apples diced

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp lemon juice

a little sea salt to taste

To make the crust

Pulse the oats, almond meal and sea salt in a food processor until it forms a course flour. Slowly add the raisins into the processor in small batches to mix with the oat flour. This will bind your crust. If it is too dry, you can add a little water. You do not want a sticky dough. Press the dough into the bottom of a floured (Use a little of the almond meal to flour the tart pan) tart pan or pie pan. Shaping the dough to the tart or pie pan. Set aside in the fridge, to firm up about 30 minutes.

To make the caramel sauce

First soak the raisin for at least 2 hours. Hang on to the soaking water as you will need this to later, just in case  you want to make a sauce that is more pourable you will need the water to achieve this.

Drain the water from the raisins.  Add all the ingredients except for the soaking water to a blender. Blitz for about 2 minutes until everything is creamy and smooth. Add the water a little at a time to get the desired consistency.

To make the apple filling 

Placed the cut apples into a large bowl. Toss with cinnamon, salt and the caramel. Leave a little caramel  to pour over the top of the apple pi, if desired.  Remove the crust from the fridge and fill it with the apple filling, top with the remaining caramel sauce and oatmeal and cinnamon topping.

To make the oatmeal cinnamon topping 

1 1/2 cup gluten free oatmeal

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of maple syrup 

pinch of sea salt

Mix the ingredients into a bowl and sprinkle over top of the pie. Serve and Enjoy.