Candied Fennel Seeds

Tried something new that came out great. I wanted the taste of fennel but sweet, and not savory. First I prepared a simple syrup. Half sugar, and half water in a sauce pan. Cooking it down until ut reduced into a simple syrup. Keeping it warm on low heat so it wouldn’t harden.

I toasted some fennel seeds in a sauce pan. Just enough heat to turn them light brown and get the flavor to release. As soon as the seeds toasted, I stirred in enough simple syrup to coated the seeds over low heat in the sauce pan. Once coated I immediately put seeds on to parchment paper. Smeard them into a thin layer. Let them cool 1 minute. Once semi hardened I began pulling the candy off the paper, and breaking it up.

For a dust of the candy I placed them in a food processor. Taking a small mesh strainer, and seperated the large pieces from the dust. Now I had irregular shapes of candied fennel seeds. A dusting powder, and irregular pieces, could be used many ways, in different recipes.

The taste was exquisite. It tasted like homemade healthy licorice. Candied fennel seeds can be used on salads, in dressing, sauces, desserts, and drinks. Who knew something so simple could be so appetizing to the pallet. I can’t wait to try this candy in different recipes. To start though I put it on a salad.

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Secret To Living Healthy

As humans we become what we eat, hear, see, and smell in our environments. Our daily auto-suggestion, shapes our thoughts into what we perceive life should be. Once you control and master what you absorb in life, it will change how you feel and think as a reaction of it.

The places you go, and people you associate with, motivate your growth, or make you stagnant in life. Have fun with the people you love. Play games, go to a movie, or just spend time with them. You can love your family, and friends even if they’re not supportive. Everyone has someone they love but can no longer hang out with. You can set designated time to spend with them, only see them at certain functions, or catch up online. However, some people you care about can not be supportive, but it can’t stop you from living healthy.

Be you regardless where you are, or who your with. If you can’t be yourself, then you shouldn’t be in places, or with certain people that are negative to your health mentally, or physically. Living healthy has compromises but not at your life’s expense. A balanced life of activities, socialization, fresh food nutrition, and sleep will make you live out your wildest dreams. Here are some steps to help anyone begin to live a healthy lifestyle.

Once you take accountability for what you want to do to change your life, decide what your doing it for. A focus on the reason you want to live healthy , will give you drive to accomplish your goal. You can do it to save money, or for your family, and even yourself. Motivation of fufillinng these aspirations will keep you disciplined consitantly, and committed to moving forward.

Write your reasons, goals, and plan down. Post them on your calendar, refrigerator, mirror, or post them. Writing your goals and affirmations is a confirmation of achievement, and a vision board. The more you see what you want to succeed, the more you use healthy tactics to make it happen. Use healthy support of family and friends to motivate you in times of need. Watch your plan of action you plant, grow rewards you benefit from.

Your accountability for achieving will definitely drive you to a new life, you know you can have. Take care of you being disciplined in your commitment to succeed. Use a calender, or journal, and write down every day you complete a task to achieve your goal. As you write it down you affirm to your own self, that you are one step closer to completing your goal. You can write down what you eat, exercises, books you read, or activities. Before you know it, you will visually understand how you are creating healthy habits.

Our bodies help our minds, stay focused. Being healthy will make you think healthy. This process is a self loving motivational commitment of your body to your mind. By not putting harmful things into your body, you show yourself love, and appreciation for your life. If you smoke cigarettes, you may want to get a patches to stop, join a support group or start vaping, Every state has a quit hotline that will send you free patches, and gum to help you quit. If you do drugs, or are an alcoholic go to rehab, or stop. These are the beginning steps to living healthy.

Sleep is necessary to be able to function healthy. If you have trouble sleeping, by the end of an active day, you will be ready for sleep. Getelf on adequate sleep regiment. If you need a nap take one earlier in the day. Try also not napping at all. Awake early daily accomplish your activities and goals for a day, then go to bed. This will give you 6 to 8 hours of required sleep. You will have more time and energy in a day to fufillinng your dreams. Unhealthy things contribute to urges to be unfocused, unhealthy, and unsuccessful. Too much of anything is not healthy for you, moderation is necessary. Eat healthy balanced meals. If your not sure what online there are websites, and apps, that will help you follow a balance nutrition good for you.

Everything you need to consume that is healthy for you is around the perimeter of your grocery store. You also can start a garden for an activity and grow it yourself. Follow the U shape of your market and get fruits vegtables, meat, dairy, and starches. Train yourself to only go in between isles for necessities, like condiments, personal care, or single portion treats. Try not to eat processed, or can foods, instead find a fresh substitute. Make a ham, or turkey breast for dinner, so you have fresh meat for a sandwich. Handmade sausages can replace a hot dog, and they’re cost effective.

Breakfast is the most important part of the day. It gives you energy to mentally prepare for your day started off right. Protein is important for energy, and to curve your appetite. Don’t spend money on protein powder, or drinks unless your pressed for time, or incapable of consuming or making your own. Snack on cottage cheese, broccoli, peanut butter, nuts, vegtable sprouts, kale chips, or oatmeal for a meatless protein boost. You can also add these ingredients to your smoothies or juicing, to make your own protein drink.

Vegtables, and teas can become your new healthy high. Try new things like okra vegtable chips. The will give you energy to concentrate on your focus in life. Eat the rainbow, there are so many colors, and flavors of healthy foods to choose from. If you can’t eat veggies and fruit, juice them. Juicing can be costly, unless you juice smart. Use water, coconut water, or milks, for your base liquid, when juicing your fruits and vegetables.

Tea can be made hot, or cold, and is a great form of additional counted daily water intake. Tea also is great for relaxing, rejuvenating, and focusing the body, and mind. Whether its moringa and rooibos for vitamins, tumeric and ginger for inflammation, matcha and black for concentration, or hibiscus and chamomile to relax; drinking tea can give you what you need. Plus you can use fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables such as parsley, ginger, tumeric, pineapple, or radish to make your own tea.

Sugar is something to watch moderation for. My motto is if it’s not brown it doesn’t go down. Breads, should be whole grain, plus sugar should be raw, and not bleached.

Honey, or agave, is great sugar substitute, and there are variety of different grain breads. At home I follow this guideline. However, certain occasions like dinner dates, birthday parties, or co workers bringing treats to work I make acceptions. However, these acceptions are single portions, that way there is no error for binge eating into excusing self sabotage.

Eating properly is great especially accompanied by healthy activities. Healthy activities will also make you thirsty to drink more water. Oh you don’t like water? Try infusing it with fruits and vegetables, or drink seltzer water. Playing sports, exercise, walking, fishing, and gardening, are good ways to stay active. I usually start my day drinking a bottle of water, then one more after lunch, and another during my workout. You can be up to 48 oz of water consumed before dinner time.

Tea, seltzer water, and foods like cucumber, or melons can all contribute to your water intake. Staying hydrated will help you not be cranky, or sluggish because your actually not giving your body proper hydration.

Recording these workout, eating, and activity accomplishments gives you pride in honoring yourself for how much you improve over time. Before you know it 30 days turn into 90, and in a few months you can see no other way to live. You will feel the benefits of this and want more of it. You will physically get stronger, giving your mind power to make you a new you. Oatmeal and a banana in the morning will began to feel like a vitamin. Fruit and nuts for a snack will give you energy, for the next part of your day. A salad and cup of tea any time of day, will make your body feel rejuvenated.

Once you start a new way of living all these things I have listed will become simple to do. Everyday will get easier. Your body will began to crave the health it is now used to. You will forget about your unhealthy past, because the memory of it’s enjoyment will turn unattractive to you. You will create new healthy rewards, like trying an international fruit you never had, ice tea at Starbucks, or homemade custard at the ice cream parlor. You will begin to go out and enjoy life. Meet new people in the healthy area of the grocery store you shop, and doing the new activities you take part in.

Fresh Pineapple Tea

All around my neighborhood pineapple is on sale this week. At the price pineapple is selling for you can’t resist indulging in this delectable, healthy, fruit. Pineapple is a good source of nutrition, and helps with inflammation, digestion, and many other ailments. When most people eat pineapple, they discard the skin, and crown, of the fruit after cutting it. These people are missing out on a great easy way to make use of all the benefits a pineapple has to offer.

The crown once cut off makes a good garnish, if your cutting up fruit for family to eat right away. Place it in the center of your plate of cut pineapple. The crown can also be planted in your garden to grow more pineapple.

The skin makes a great easy tea, sometimes referred to as pineapple water. You can drink pineapple tea hot, or cold.

After you cut your pineapple up take the core, and skins and place them into a 8 quart pot. Fill the pot with water.

Bring this to a boil. Then simmer for 45 minutes. While simmering add honey, or sugar to sweeten. Ginger, tumeric, vanilla, and cinnamon, can also be added for flavor if you like.

Once done cooking place in a pitcher to cool, or enjoy while it’s hot. Refrigerate left over tea. Enjoy.

Wow Pineapple Mint

Mint is a great addition to any meal. Today I found out each variety of mint has different tastes. Pineapple mint looks almost like regular mint, but it has some yellow color tones too it. Plus it feels a little rougher than regular mint.

When tasting it I found pineapple mint is sweeter, and less minty than regular mint. This is a great herb to add to food for people not fond of eating mint. I decided to put some in my tumeric and ginger tea tonight. Pineapple mint made my tea refreshing in a subtle minty way. I could hardly taste any mint at all in my tea. I would definitely suggest pineapple mint to non mint lovers.

Cucumber Pear Juice

This juice is refreshing, and revitalizing. All these amazing fruits and vegtables are a refreshing way to get you going. The fun thing about juicing is you can add whatever you like.

The cucumber has vitamin K, C, B5, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Cucumber is anti-inflammatory, energy producing, and it helps build bones, and your heart. So I decided to kick it up a notch with pears, celery, lemon, and honey.

Pears are great for burning stomach fat for that six pack ab. They are high in fiber, and help fight infection. This fruit is amazing. Pears help fight cancer, diabetes, gout, arthritis, and much more.

Celery is a refreshing root vegtable. It is a good source of vitamin A, C, B2, B6, copper, manganese, molybdenum, calcium, and potassium. This crisp vegtable is high in antioxidants as well.

Lemon has vitamin C, B6, iron, folate, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamine, and potassium. It is also high in fiber. Thus fruit cleanses your palate, while building healthy white blood cells.

Honey is a class of its own. This amazing sweetness can be an energy booster, or mood stabilizer for rem sleep. It’s also a antibiotic so it helps you fight infections. Great for your skin, hair, bones, and blood. I use raw honey for its super healthy powers.

Carrot Tumeric Apple Juice

The fun part about juicing is you get to give your body what it wants, and needs at the same time. This power juice drink is a full flavor way to get your energy and day going. Carrots are good for your eyes, and liver. This juice gives antioxidants vitamin A, B8, C, K, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, from carrot. I use carrot as a base for my juicing. It’s one of my alternates to green juice.

Apples add a sweetness to this juice drink. The dietary fiber, antioxidants, and flavanoids, in the apple enriches promoting fulfilling body regularity.

Tumeric adds relaxation, since it helps with anti -inflammatory, brain function, and it’s high in antioxidants as well. Tumeric is great to help sinus infections, or joint pain. This power drink can help your eyes, and heart as well.

Mango Iced Tea Off The Tree

So you have a tree in your yard? It’s bearing so much fruit what should you do? My fruit bearing tree is mango.

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I decided to make mango iced tea today.  I took 3 mangoes, pealed them and liquefied them in the blender. Then I strained the pulp from the juice, and put the mango juice back in the blender.

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I seeped my favorite iced tea bag  in 4 cups of boiling water. I added 1/2 lemon, and 1 cup of sugar, and seeped tea to the mango juice. Then I filled the blender with ice. I liquefied the mix, and placed it in the freezer to chill. The end result was mouth-watering mango iced tea. I will try this with other fruit as well.

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