What About Them Apples?

This past weekend we took a trip to Blue Jay Orchards. It was just as I remembered it as a child- a fall wonderland. They give you that empty bag, and the sky is the limit. At one point, Ben had to urge me to put a few apples back. Once you come down from the euphoric ‘apple high’, you realize you need to do something with the 47 apples you picked. I’m sharing a few of my apple-ideas below…

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1) Make applesauce

Slice up 8 apples, grab your slowcooker, dump some cinnamon over the top, add 1/4 cup of water, and set it for 3 hours. (Seriously. It’s that easy.) After making applesauce, I jar it so it lasts for several months.

2) Dip them in dessert hummus

I like to have sliced apples and brownie-batter hummus as dessert quite often. I tell myself that it’s healthy, because it’s fruit and hummus. (Not quite accurate, but the lie works well for me.)

3) Give them to a teacher

100% biased suggestion. I am a teacher, but I do love when a little one gifts me an apple.

4) Make guilt-free apple crisp

Here is our favorite Paleo apple crisp.

5) Add them to your salads

I’m a big fan of mason jar salads. This fall, I’ve been adding chopped apples. They give my lunch a touch of sweetness and crunch.

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Digestion Defense: My Secret Weapon

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In case you missed it– I’ve struggled with GI issues for most of my life. A little over a year ago, I committed to a naturopathic regiment that includes supplements and diet changes (no dairy and watching my FODMAPs).

This summer, I was introduced to DiGize, an essential oil blend. In an effort to be completely transparent, I will tell you this- it tastes like absolute garbage. (Think licking a bunch of dirt-covered vegetables dipped in peppermint).  That being said, this oil is life-changing. I drink two drops in a glass of water after dinner each night. I also repeat the same routine on days where I feel that my digestion is a bit off. DiGize is a blend of tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli.

  1. Add to your water. (This is how I use it)
  2. Add a few drops to empty gelatin capsules. You can ingest them as you would any other supplements.
  3. Roll onto your stomach directly.
  4. Diffuse into the air to promote an overall relaxing environment.

Click here to order. 

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A throwback to the summer. One perk of improved digestive health, more energy and the ability to do things like go for an early-morning run.