Paleo Crockpot Apple Cider

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It’s a new week and a new beginning. Today I kicked off my 9 day nutritional reset and also began my 8-week healthy mind and body program. I am in much need of a reset and some mental healing. As much as I try and motivate you all to live a healthy and positive life, I too need to be reminded of that sometimes. As important as physical health is, mental health is just that important if not more. Life has been slowly slipping through my fingers lately and it has been difficult to keep up. My stress levels have been out of this world, I haven’t been consistent with my workouts or with my meals and it began to really weigh me down. Last week, I said screw this sh*t I need to fix this. So, I am going to take the next little while to work on me. It is time to refocus, grind hard and find my inner happiness again.

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Because I believe it will help me, I am going to use my blog as a place to talk about my journey back to a life of joy mental clarity. Cheers to new beginnings! Now that I just bummed you all out let’s talk about a happier subject. Food!

Have you ever wonder if the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is actually true? Well, if you have ever looked into the nutritional facts of an apple like geeky ole me, you will find out that the saying has some truth behind it. Apples are one of the most consumed fruits in the entire world, sa-weet! I love me a nice crisp apple! They are crazy high in antioxidants and fiber and have about a bajillion health benefits. They have even been shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. For you ladies out there, they may even help ease some of that lovely PMS we all experience on a monthly basis. Food is a powerful thing, you guys! I want to share with you a very interesting article about 34 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Apples. It is an easy read and will leave you with tips and tricks of how to add more apples to your diet and why you should be consuming them regularly! Check it out!

If you need to ease yourself into adding more apples into your diet or you are drooling and craving apples after reading the article, give this recipe a try! It will have you coming back for more!

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Paleo Crockpot Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • 10 apples, cut in 1/4 pieces
  • 1 orange, cut in 1/4 pieces
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground all spice
  • 1/2 cup organic raw honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Method

  • Place the apple and orange pieces in a large crockpot and fill the crockpot to the top with water. Add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and all spice. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  • Smashed the apple and orange pieces with a potato masher until no large chunks are left. Stir in the honey and maple syrup and cook on high for an additional hour.
  • Strain the apple and orange pieces out of the cider until no apple or orange pieces are left in the cider.
  • Serve warm with a cinnamon stick.

OPTIONAL: feel free to add vodka to have Spiked Apple Cider at any holiday gathering.

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