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Quick & Easy Apple Tart Recipe

quick and easy apple tart

1/2 APPLE, CORED AND SLICED

SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE

2 TABLESPOONS BROWN SUGAR

SPRINKLE OF SALT

1/6 OF A SHEET FROZEN PUFF PASTRY, THAWED

ICE CREAM, IF DESIRED

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice, brown sugar and salt. Layer on top of the puff pastry sheet. Bake in the oven until pastry is puffy and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Top with ice cream, if using and enjoy!

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Homemade Energy Drinks

homemade energy drinks

The Fire Hydrant (left) – 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day

filtered water

1 slice lemon

1 pinch cayenne pepper

Other than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So this drink is just water with a squeezed lemon slice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The lemon not only tastes good, but is also super alkaline* which helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper helps raise energy levels naturally and provides protection for your heart by helping to maintain proper cardiovascular movement throughout the body. Combining this with 4-5 glasses of regular water will bring you up to your recommended 8 glasses of water per day!

*For an explanation of lemons’ miraculous transition from acidic outside of the body, to alkaline once ingested, visit this link: http://phbalance.wikispaces.com/Lemons+Alkaline%3F

The Quick Fix (center) – as needed, during the day

(I don’t recommend drinking it at night as it might keep you up)

hot water

1 1/2 – 2 tsp honey (to taste)

1 inch of fresh ginger root

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp tumeric

Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug.

Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug.

Add both spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir.

This is the closest thing I found to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick me up! And I find it pretty delicious. Ginger speeds up metabolism and increases circulation. It also aids in the digestive process which can help stave off the post lunch coma that contributes to the afternoon slump. Turmeric, a cousin of ginger, also helps speed things up in the body, including energy levels! And Cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Honey is mother nature’s equivalent of an energy shot and is one of the best kinds of sugars for your body.

The Heavy Lifter (right) – 1 glass in the morning

1 ripe banana

1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tbsp almond butter

1 scoop of high quality whey protein powder (low sugar content)

2 washed kale leaves

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

According to Dr. Oz, sixty percent of women don’t get enough protein in their diets and that is often the number one reason for fatigue! (http://www.doctoroz.com/media/print/11196) A morning protein shake is a really easy and delicious way to make sure that you’re starting the day off well fueled. Pair this with a piece of whole grain toast and you have everything you need to give you a solid energy foundation for the day.

The next steps are energy booster tips that I find, when done along with the drinks, help me keep on keeping on all day long!

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Vegan Cucumber Noodles with Coconut Cumin Lime Sauce —Raw Food Rawmazing Raw Food

Cucumber Noodles with Coconut Cumin Lime Dressing

4 medium to large cucumbers

1/2 cup cashews, soaked until soft, rinsed and drained

1 young Thai coconut, flesh from (about 1 cup and save the water)

4 limes, juice and zest from

1/4 cup coconut water (from above coconut)

1 teaspoon raw chili garlic sauce

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

2 teaspoons cumin

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

4 scallions (green onions) thinly sliced

Himalayan salt (I use 4 grinds or 1/4 teaspoon)

1. Slice cucumbers into noodles (see instructions above). Set two of the cores aside to add to the dressing. See pictures above for directions.  Set noodles in strainer to let excess water drain.

2. Place two cucumber cores, cashews, coconut, lime juice (not zest), coconut water, chili garlic sauce and cumin into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

3. Stir in zest, black sesame seeds and onions. Pour over noodles and mix well.

via Vegan Cucumber Noodles with Coconut Cumin Lime Sauce —Raw Food Rawmazing Raw Food.