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7 Mouthwatering Apple Desserts You Just Can’t Resist

7 Mouthwatering Apple Desserts You Just Can’t Resist

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And, though apples are delicious and crisp eaten fresh, their sweetness and tanginess makes them perfect for desserts as well. We all love the classic apple pie and apple crumble, maybe even with a scoop of real vanilla ice-cream. They’re classics for a reason, but this season it’s time to spruce things up and try something new. With that being said, here are a few mouthwatering apple dessert ideas.

Plus, with all the health benefits, you can sure count these towards your daily portion of fruit and veg. Apples are loaded with fibre, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes and protect against parkinson’s. Though there are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States (around 7,500 varieties are grown worldwide), make sure you grab the Red Delicious or Granny Smith to maximize your antioxidant intake.

1. Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples

cheesecake stuffed baked apples

    This 6-ingredient recipe from Creme de la Crumb is simple and easy, yet brilliant and delicious. You get the best flavor if you devour them warm, but there is no harm in keeping them in the fridge for a day or two either. The nice thing about this recipe is that, although it only calls for 6 ingredients, you can easily customize it with your toppings. This recipe calls for graham crackers, caramel sauce, and pecans, but ice-cream, cinnamon streusels, and honey probably won’t go wrong, either.

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    2. Apple Dessert Pizza

    caramel apple dessert pizza

      Your family and friends won’t believe you when you say it’s pizza for dessert! Follow Carpe Season’s recipe to bring fun to any party with this gigantic sugar cookie topped with peanut butter, cream cheese, and apple. Caramel sauce and crunchy peanut toppings bring it all together.

      3. Apple Pie Shake

      Apple Pie Shake

        Who says shakes are reserved for breakfast? Unlike the traditional apple pie, there is no baking included and all you need for this recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is a blender. This is a lower calorie option that you should be able to whip up in no time.

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        4. Apple Roses

        apple roses

          You will need a steady hands for these delicate apple rose tarts, but you’ll be sure to score extra points with your date. This recipe from Cooking with Manuela uses a lot of pantry staples, and if you’re using store-bought puff-pastry like the recipe calls for, the preparation will be done in less than 30 minutes.

          5. Candied Apple Ile Flottante

          apple ile flottante

            A delicate French dessert recipe, this literally means “floating island” and describes a light meringue on sweet and rich candied apple creme. Canelle Vanille’s recipes might require a couple of attempts, as they aren’t necessarily for beginners. The question is: Can you master the creme?

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            6. Apple Crisp Ice Cream

            apple-crisp-ice-cream

              Yes, this is real cinnamon apple crisp with crunchy streusels chopped up and folded into homemade ice-cream. If you can resist the urge to eat the apple crisp all up while it’s warm, you’ll be rewarded with Barefeet In The Kitchen’s delicious ice-cream. You won’t regret it.

              7. Apple Dippers Bar

              apple dippers bar

                Get everyone involved in this dessert activity. The secret to this recipe is all in the preparation, which you can easily do the day before. Make three dipping sauces: caramel, chocolate, and peanut butter, and serve them with a selection of toppings, from coconut flakes and salted nuts to mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. And why not have two to three different apple types also to fully customize this apple dipping bar?

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                With all these great recipes, you’ll be sure to find the right one for you. Don’t be shy to further modify these recipes and add your own favorite ingredients to fully make them your own. Bon appetit!

                Featured photo credit: an apple a day…/Michael Verhoef via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                1. Gratitude

                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                  write down goals

                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                    6. Rise Earlier

                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                    Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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