Fall time would not be complete without my timeless Fall Harvest Hot Apple Cider. And while your body may crave warmer and more calorie-dense foods, this doesn’t mean we have to start holding on to more weight.
Rather, it’s time to fuel up with warming spices like cardamom and cloves, while filling our house with the comforting aroma of spiced apples. Isn’t it about that time we cozy up and sip on this beautifying and relaxing beverage? I think so!
Adjusting to the Season: Fall Time
Let’s start off by saying that, normally I wouldn’t cook fruit juice or fruit, but this is certainly a nice treat to have occasionally, if you’re feeling like it sometimes! And let’s face it, when cooler weather starts to surface, it’s only natural to crave heavier or more “comforting” foods and drinks.
It’s important to have lots of hot, cooked, warming foods in the cooler months to help balance the cooler air and Vata or “wind” energy that is heightened in the environment, and can make us susceptible to colds and sickness!
Because I have always advocated adjusting what you eat according to the seasons– if you’re craving warm foods/drinks during this time, then listen to your body. But again, only choose the best of what nature has to give us.
So why is it important to shift our food and drink according to the seasons?
As the weather turns colder, we begin to shift to a more hibernation phase. For literally thousands of years, this craving for richer and/or more calorie dense foods has kept us alive through harsh winters, where food became more scarce (makes sense, right?).
There’s nothing wrong with this Beauties. In fact, we should honor our cravings for warm, savory foods, without having to store extra fat—like a bear preparing for hibernation! It really starts with avoiding the foods that will do real harm.
One of the most important ways to allow the power of nature to support your health and beauty is to tune in to the changing seasons of the year. Every part of the year has a different collective energy, which affects your personal energy.
Adjusting your dietary and lifestyle patterns to be in sync with the flow of the seasons will help you achieve Radical Beauty. You will also be eating foods that are at the peak of freshness, providing the best taste and beauty nutrients.
Each season also has a different effect upon your skin, so it’s important to adjust accordingly, as does your exercise and activity levels. Our bodies are really doing an overall environment shift. The more we’re in tune to that collective energy, the easier it will become to work with each season and not against it.
And with Fall comes the time to take measures on being more grounded. This will maximize your health, energy, and expression of beauty.
Beauty Detox is all about listening and adapting to your body’s many needs, and this includes changes in the seasons. All you have to do is “trust and adjust”.
Just as you ate lighter and more raw over the summer, you can now shift to a more cooked and savory storehouse of beauty goods, now that we’re nearing fall and soon after, winter.
As long as we keep it simple, clean, largely fiber-filled (i.e. plant-based), and avoid the less than ideal items like candy, refined sugar, white flour, and wheat (to name a few), then we’ll be doing great! We may even emerge from the fall and winter months more fit than when we began.
And remember, when we choose plant based over heavy, less than ideal foods, we avoid feeling depressed, lethargic, congested, and just all around blah.
Handling cooler weather can be hard enough, so let’s keep it pure and simple, and in the process, staying healthy, energetic, vibrant and cheerful, because we’ve chosen this recipe over refined sugars and bad oil and/or dairy-filled alternatives.
Turn the heat up: Beauty Spices
I love my spices, and what a perfect time to increase the heat with spices that will make you sweat! They’re not only effective at helping you detox, but will warm you up from the inside out. When you want to flavor your food and drink the Beauty Detox way, here are some great additions:
Cardamom (used in this recipe)
Clove (used in this recipe)
Cinnamon (used in this recipe)
Red pepper flakes
Cardamom helps absorb nutrition, is beneficial for the heart, and balances all 3 doshas, or elemental body constitutions. Cinnamon can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Boosting your metabolism and helping to cure sugar cravings in-between meals, controlling blood sugar levels. And cloves are another warming herb with the power to break away mucous that feeds viruses and/or stagnation in the body. End result? Our natural vibrancy is lowered.
There are tremendous health benefits that come from all of these spices. And what’s great about spices too, is they can be added to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and certainly into our cider, smoothies and juices (when fitting).
Let’s make a mental note NOW, that we are more susceptible to giving in to the coffee or sugar-laden drinks from coffee shops during these cooler months. It could feel nearly impossible to resist unless we have a few healthy recipe alternatives tucked away in our arsenals — starting with today’s cider recipe.
Let’s get going on the step-by-steps- I can’t wait for you to try this spice-filled treat!
Place the cheesecloth on a flat surface and place your cored and sliced apples.
Then add your sliced oranges.
Next, the cinnamon sticks.
Then, add the cardamom and clove spices.
Tie all ends of the cheesecloth together to keep ingredients sealed and place in slow cooker. Add water and cook on low for 8 hours.
Remove cheesecloth. Serve hot, adding coconut nectar, to taste. Enjoy!