Have fun with your food this Halloween, take a break from the candy and use some fresh foods, or reuse pumpkins for other purposes.
Make your own pumpkin pie spice!
SAVE MONEY by buying theses spices in bulk and be creative!
I love to add pumpkin pie spice to more than just pumpkin pie. I put it in my oatmeal, chia pudding, protein milk, granola… You can even add it to ground beef in spaghetti sauce to give it some warmth.
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
mix well and store in a tight spice container or jar.
It’s that time again! PUMPKIN TIME
Here’s an awesome recipe for healthy pumpkin ice cream. It’ll leave your stomach and your body happy! :)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup Almond milk
- 3/4 cup Cashews presoaked overnight, soaking water discarded
- 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 bananas
- Blend all ingredients until smooth. Freeze for at least 4-5 hours. When ready to serve, take out of the freezer and blend again. Sometimes you need to thaw the ice cream in a microwave for 20 seconds prior to blending for the second time.
Shin Splints: What are they and why do we get them??
They’re an acute overwork injury perceived by pain in the shins and lower leg. They’re caused typically by transitioning to running or working out on hard surfaces often in a short period of time. I have personal experience with this when I started inclined running on the treadmill frequently. There’s a variety of stretches you can do to strengthen and loosen those tight deep muscles in the lower leg after every run.
Here’s some things you can do to help them as well!
-Take calcium supplements
-change your surfaces from hard pavement to treadmills, indoor tracks or cardio machines more often (keeps your body guessing and doesn’t over-stress your feet and shins
-get neutral shoes, not high-tech stability shoes
-increase your stride rate when running! (this will cause you to take lighter steps)
-do calf raises frequently with strengthening antagonist muscles around your shins. Do this by going back and forth between a plantar flexion of the foot and ankle and a dorsiflexion (this will stretch it as well).
Who needs to detox? I sure do. Here are some great smoothie ideas suited for your needs:)
Try these for:
Flat Tummy – this smoothie make use of the health benefits of papaya, peaches, pear, ginger and mint to help prevent bloating and digestive stresses
Skin Saver – this smoothie make use of the health benefits of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, avocado, wheat germ and flaxseed to fight wrinkles and other signs of skin aging
Peanut Butter Energy Booster – this protein-rich and minerals-filled smoothie make use of the health benefits of banana, natural hemp protein powder, natural peanut butter, fresh baby spinach and cinnamon to get energy boost and have a long-lasting energy
Bone Lover – this vitamin-rich green smoothie make use of the health benefits of bananas, Swiss chard leaves, kale leaves, green Matcha powder and homemade almond milk to keep your bones stong and healthy
Immune System Booster – this smoothie make use of the amazing health benefits of mango, cantaloupe, fresh pineapple and pumpkin seeds to build strong immune system that can resist season’s infections, etc.
Natural Skin Tanner – this beta-carotene rich smoothie uses ingredients that include cantaloupe, papaya, orange, carrot juice and fresh ginger to have a glowing skin and good skin tone without exposing yourself under the sun
Antioxidant Power – this detox foods-rich smoothie make use of the health benefits of blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate, beet juice and banana to help your liver detox naturally, stay healthy and look younger
There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going
Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.
Cute healthy snack ideas. I wish i wasn’t too lazy to do these haha. Have fun with your food!
I love dark chocolate, always have. I would say that I qualify as a chocoholic. It’s okay though, because it’s not all bad. I love a crunch as well. So what to do when you want a bittersweet nutty dessert? Make Dark chocolate almond crunch bark. All you need is a small pan or bowl. Layer these ingredients on from bottom to top:
-thin layer melted dark chocolate (can use baking chocolate)
-graham cracker (I use the all natural ones from Trader Joe’s!)
-thin layer of all natural almond butter (or peanut butter)
-thin layer of almonds (if you used almond butter)
-*optional! Thin layer of dried cherries or cranberries (this would work with both almond and peanut butter. If you use peanut butter, it’ll taste like a crunchy chocolatey peanut butter and jelly:)
-Melted dark chocolate on top again
Cover and store in freezer. When you want to eat it, just break a piece off. Easy and yummy!
Benefits of dark chocolate:
-lowers LDL cholesterol
-mood and energy booster because of the caffeine
-magnesium helps helps digestive, neurological and cardiovascular systems
-anti-inflammatory properties help reduce risk of stroke, cancer and cardiovascular disease
-flavonoids help protect against UV rays
-increases serotonin levels
-good source of iron, copper, manganese, dietary fiber and calcium
-regulates blood sugar by helping your body use insulin efficiently
I think we all can agree, chocolate is God’s gift to Earth :)
They are you friend, not the enemy!:)