Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

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I’m excited to finally post the very first drink on my blog! I am one of those people who probably doesn’t drink enough water throughout the day so I discovered a way to spark up my water to make it more refreshing..I have been making over night detox waters in little mason jars and sip on it through out the day–it is so refreshing and almost irresistible to not drink it all! It is a great way to stay hydrated all through out the day! Stay tuned for more of my detox water flavors! 🙂

This is all you need:
Water
1 cinnamon stick goes a long way so I can use one stick for 3 days
1 apple; chopped or sliced (whichever your prefer)

In a mason jar, add 1 cinnamon stick, apple slices, and fill with water. Place in refrigerator over night and it will be ready the next morning! It is  perfect to bring to work and all you have to do is add water throughout the day! Easy, simple, delicious, and a refreshing way to make sure you drink plenty of water.

Chickpea & Black Bean Hummus

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 can black beans; drained and rinsed
1 can chickpeas; drained and rinsed
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
6 whole wheat pita breads

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each pita bread into 6 pieces and put on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt on top. Bake for 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, add beans, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, powder, garlic clove, lemon pepper, and cayenne pepper to food processor. Mix for about 3 minutes until hummus becomes creamy. Add more lemon juice and/or olive oil if hummus is too thick depending on the flavor. Also, feel free to add extra seasoning! Enjoy hummus with baked pita chips and fresh veggies..I particularly love sliced cucumbers with this hummus!

Cauliflower Garlic “Mashed Potatoes”

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Just to make it clear, there are NO potatoes in this healthy dish…and I promise you will not be able to tell the difference..it’s that good!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower; cut into chunks
1/4 cup yellow onion; chopped
4 cloves of garlic; chopped
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
Parmesan cheese (optional; highly recommended)

Steps:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add chunks of cauliflower. Boil until cauliflower is semi-soft..about 6 minutes. After drain and add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, onions, and garlic to a medium sized frying pan. Add in cauliflower pieces and season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes to set in flavor of garlic and onions.

2. Add everything from pan into a medium-large bowl. Add in olive oil and chicken broth and with a potato masher, food processor, or an immersion blender (what I used and is super easy!), blend until everything is combined. Sprinkle with chives and parmesan cheese. So delicious and good for you!

Crunchy Baked Chickpeas

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Craving a crunchy, salty, spicy, and protein packed snack?! Try this one!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas; rinsed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and drain chickpeas, make sure they are somewhat dry (pat down with paper towel). Add to medium sized mixing bowl and add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. Mix until chickpeas are evenly coated with seasoning. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheet and make sure chickpeas are spread out. Try to make them NOT touch each other to make them extra crunchy! After 20 minutes, flip with a spatula to get the other side crunchy. Bake for 35-40 minutes and there you have a healthy little snack!

Baked Rock Cod with a Mango Cilantro Salsa

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This delicious meal also makes great fish tacos! The salsa is so refreshing and pairs perfectly with the fish. You can also use other fishes such as salmon or halibut with this salsa.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
Baked Rock Cod
2 4 ounce pieces of Fresh Rock Cod
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 lemon

Mango Cilantro Salsa
1 mango; cubed
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 red bell pepper; chopped
1/2 avocado; chopped
3 Roma tomatoes; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 small lime
1 tsp pepper

Steps:
1. For the cod, preheat oven to 350 degree F. Drizzle olive oil all over fish. Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic. Bake for 10 minutes and then squeeze the juice of one lemon on top of fish.Bake for another 5-10 minutes, fish should look a little flakey. Rock cod doesn’t have a lot of fat on it so it will feel a little firmer than other fishes.

2. For the salsa, add all ingredients in a small-medium sized mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime and refrigerate until fish is done baking.

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