HEALTHY PUMPKIN PIE SHAKE

  • 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup organic pumpkin puree (for a thicker shake, freeze in ice cube tray)
  • 10 ounces water or non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, rice, etc)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or ½ tsp plus ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ice (to desiered thickness)
  • ½ frozen banana (optional for added sweetness)
  • Top with tsp of chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • For frappuccino add ½ cup cold brew coffee

BLEND AND ENJOY!

 

PUMPKIN PROTEIN PANCAKES

Ingredients: (makes 2 – 3 small pancakes)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (taste varies depending on type of protein powder)

¼ cup puréed pumpkin

¼ cup egg whites (approximately 2 egg whites)

3 tablespoons oatmeal

Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice to taste

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

1 teaspoon chia seeds or walnuts

Splash of non-dairy milk (if batter is too thick)

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir together with a spoon or whisk until there are no lumps.

 

  1. Heat a skillet coated with non-stick spray.

 

  1. Pour batter into the skillet, cooking one pancake at a time until all of the batter is used up.

2O REASONS WHY SUGAR IS RUINING YOUR HEALTH

Adapted from 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health, By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
  3. Sugar can weaken eyesight
  4. Sugar can cause premature aging.
  5. Sugar can cause heart disease.
  6. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  7. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  8. Sugar can increase blood pressure.
  9. Sugar causes food allergies.
  10. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  11. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  12. Sugar can cause cataracts.
  13. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  14. Sugar can cause depression.
  15. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  16. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  17. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  18. Sugar can lead to prostrate cancer.
  19. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
  20. Sugar can cause liver tumors

………AND THAT’S JUST 2O OUT OF 146 REASONS. 

 

HOME MADE ALMOND MILK (so easy!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • Water
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Dates, raw honey, pure maple syrup, agave, stevia (to taste, optional)

Instructions

  • Soak 1 cup raw almonds overnight. Throw out the water the next day.
  • Blend almonds with 4 cups of fresh water.
  • Strain mixture through nut milk bag or very fine strainer.
  • If adding in optional ingredients, pour milk back into blender and add a pinch of salt, cinnamon, desired sweetener and vanilla extract.

Tips and tricks:

  • Your milk will separate after a little while in the fridge.  This is normal just give it a good shake.
  • Your almond milk will last about 5-7 days in the fridge.
  • You can freeze your almond milk.
  • To make coffee creamer: use less water (maybe half) and add whatever sweetener you like.

A few variations:

  • Macadamia Coconut Milk: instead of almonds, soak ½ cup raw, unsalted macadamia nuts and ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut overnight. Drain and follow the rest of the steps above.
  • Cashew Oat Milk: instead of almonds, soak ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews and ½ cup steel cut oats overnight. Drain and follow the rest of the steps above.

 

LOW FAT GUACAMOLE

INGREDIENTS

1 cup canned green peas, rinsed and drained or 1 cup fresh or frozen green peas.

1 ripe avocado

½ cup salsa

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 green onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, minced or pressed

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  1. If using fresh or frozen peas, blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes to soften. Drain well and immediately rinse under cold water to prevent further cooking.
  2. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Twist to separate the halves, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh.
  3. For chunky guacamole: mash the avocado and peas together using a potato masher or fork.
  4. For a creamier texture: combine the avocado and peas in a food processor.
  5. Add the salsa, lemon juice, green onion, cilantro, garlic and cumin and stir or process until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Guacamole is best served the day it is made but if you have leftover, store in tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Guacamole will keep for up to 1 day.

Adapted from Neal Barnard, MD recipe

CHIA SEED PUDDING RECIPES

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
Serving Size: Serves 4

Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 cups coconut, almond or soy milk
• 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (or substitute with a few drops of stevia)
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
• 1/3 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 cup berries

Instructions:
Whisk milk, maple syrup, and extracts until smooth. Stir in chia seeds. Divide mixture evenly between 4 glasses. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of one hour. Top with berries and serve.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Serving Size: Serves 4

Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 cups coconut, almond or soy milk
• 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (or substitute with a few drops of stevia)
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 cup berries

Instructions:
Whisk milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder and extract until smooth. Stir in chia seeds. Divide mixture evenly between 4 glasses. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of one hour. Top with berries and serve.

Chia Seed Pudding For One
Serving Size: Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
• 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Pinch kosher salt
• Berries, mango, etc

Instructions:
In a small mason jar combine the ingredients, stir and refrigerate overnight. Top with fruit and serve.

“GOLDEN MILK” Turmeric Tea

Golden Milk tea is a great way to get the benefits of turmeric daily and its delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, coconut, etc)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • Pinch of fresh ginger root or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (add more if desired)

Instructions

  • Add the milk to a small pot on the stove and heat on low.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring frequently for a few minutes. Heat mixture but do not bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a strainer.
  • Froth the top of the milk if desired.

 Notes

If spilled this mixture may stain countertops. Should this happen, try making a thick paste of baking soda and water and scrub the stain.

 

 

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