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I am a huge pumpkin spice fan. Huge. In fact, I look forward to this time of year – all the time! I am obsessed with everything pumpkin and I love me a good pumpkin spice latte.
That being said, although I love a good PSL, they aren’t the healthiest option and are loaded with sugar (and who knows what else!). So, if I deem myself favoring one, it is definitely a treat. In the meantime, if I feel like I want to partake in the seasonal goodness, I make my own healthier version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (I made one this morning).
Here’s what you need
- 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1-3 tbsp pumpkin purée (I went on the side of 3 tbs)
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla (not vanilla extract)
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- tiny pinch ground nutmeg
- tiny pinch ground ginger
- ½ cup strong coffee
- *1-3 dates
- Add the milk and pumpkin to a small pot. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk, until the mixture begins to simmer. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg (*if you like your latte a bit sweeter, this is where you add the dates. Let them simmer in the wet mixture and they will literally sweeten the pot). Whisk the mixture until it becomes frothy.
- Add the coffee to a large mug, and pour the milk mixture on top.
- If you fancy yourself a Frappuccino type, let both the pumpkin mixture and the coffee cool (make the night before and let sit in the fridge), toss in the blender or Bullet with some cubes of ice and blend away.
If you want to make your drink even fancier by adding whipped cream, make this healthy version:
- One can of full fat coconut milk (Put in freezer to freeze). Once it’s frozen, remove and let sit in room temperature for 30 minutes. Flip the can upside down and open from the bottom. The coconut water separates from the milk (you can save the water to drink or for other recipes).
- Dump the coconut milk into a mixing bowl (or blender) and whip it on high until you get a nice whippy, fluffy consistency. Add in a little vanilla (or a dusting of Stevia or teaspoon of date water if you prefer it a bit sweeter) and continue whipping.
- Add the whip to your drink and dust with cinnamon.
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This afternoon I got a hankering to make my own spring rolls. Something I had never done before. But, I said I’d do it…and I did it. I wanted something that I could take to work for lunch, something yummy and interesting and I believe I succeeded. It was actually really simple and cheap and they were delicious.
I picked up a package of rice paper at the grocery store – the only required necessity – and a few more vegetables to add to what I already have in my fridge and went on my merry way.
I had a gorgeous repertoire of veggies – and an apple for a little bit of sweetness and added crunch and chopped everything up perfectly.
I tossed heaps of all that beautiful and healthy goodness onto my rice paper and rolled like a pro.
I left most of them cold and raw but wanted to try a couple of them warm so I tossed them in the skillet and sauteed them.
There you go! An easy meal option when you want to eat healthy and try something new. (If you have kids you can fake like it’s Taco Tuesday and let them make their own rolls – super fun!)
I’m not a big fan of people who say eating healthy is “expensive”, “too hard”, “gross”, etc. and use that as an excuse to eat junk. The package of rice rolls was around $3 and I think has 12 or 15 rolls in it. I made 6 rolls in total – 2 or 3 would be enough for a meal on it’s own (1 or 2 if you’re having it as a side to something). I have plenty left over for lunches. AND, you can put as much fillers in as you want – as long as you’re gentle and don’t tear the paper. Cheap and easy and healthy and decadent.
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I’m now 36 days into my Whole 60 and have been doing so well. But this past weekend was tough: surrounded by delicious foods and decadent drinks. I was pissed off at my food.
So last night, while gearing up for snowmageddon in Nova Scotia, I made these complian nut butter cups.
I made only a few and they have been serving their purpose. Cocoa, coconut oil, sunflower seed butter. That’s it. Easy peasy! Completely satisfied ( except for the weather. #snowpocalypse )
Measurements can be estimated. I made a half dozen cups and used 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, a teaspoon of cocoa, and a another half teaspoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of sunflower nut butter for the center.
1. Melt coconut oil or butter over a double broiler (you can use a microwave). Once thoroughly melted, blend in the cocoa until completely smooth as liquid. Pour half of this into mini muffin tins or ice cube tray and place in the freezer.
2. Melt coconut oil or butter over a double broiler . Once thoroughly melted, blend in the nut butter of choice and stir until completely smooth. Pour this mixture over the frozen chocolate bottoms and freeze.
3.Re-warm an pour remaining chocolate mixture onto the nut butter cups to complete the third layer. Freeze. ENJOY!
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Happy Sunday! Actually, it’s mid-Sunday evening and back to the grind tomorrow, so some of you might not be so happy. But, you know what? It was a beautiful day, I had a great workout this morning, I visited a friend at her new digs, had a date with my nephews, completed two articles, got a bunch clothing donations ready for the Red Cross (#fortmcmurray) and I made a delicious, healthy dinner, and just threw a pan of healthy brownies in the oven! The day has been great.
Seriously, whoever said that healthy eating is gross or boring obviously was just looking for excuses.
First up I made this gorgeous summer vegetable dish:
I found this dish on Pinterest a long time ago and have been wanting to try it. I finally got around to it today. It was so good. And cheap. And easy. And other than a little added cheese, it’s completely healthy.
I got the recipe here: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/summer-vegetable-tian/. The only change I made was I swapped out white potato for sweet potato – simply because I could only find bags of white potatoes and I only wanted one. I was able to buy a single sweet potato so that’s what I went with.
I added some spices too. The next time I make it I’ll likely avoid the cheese. I don’t normally have cheese in the house and I wanted to use up what I have because I’m starting another Whole 30 again soon and wanted to use some of it – the less I have to waste.
The reason I’m heading back to a Whole 30 again, aside from I love how I feel when I’m on it, is that my sugar cravings have been outrageous lately. And that’s the thing with sugar. The more you have, the more you crave. The purpose of the Whole 30 program is to eliminate those cravings (and rid your body of systemic inflammation). I look forward to my 30 and I don’t miss the sugar when I’m on. AND, I love eating whole foods: fruits and vegetables and lean meats. My body really does thank me when I’m on the program.
But, because I’m not ready for my 30 yet (you really have to be ready) and I’m craving chocolate like it’s going out of style, I decided to make a pan of healthy black bean brownies. Yep, you heard me, black.bean.brownies.
I have made these brownies several times in the past and they are soooo good.
I get the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/01/06/homemade-protein-bars-chocolate-peanut-butter-vegan/). Katie is a healthy food blogger I’ve been following for years. She makes incredibly delicious and drool-worthy healthy recipes. I’ve tried a ton of them (including her crispy avocado fries…you.must.try!).
I don’t follow Katie’s recipe 100%. I omit the sugar. I amped up the vanilla. And I added more coconut milk (unsweetened) to make them extra moist and gooey. And I use dark chocolate bits and organic hazelnut almond butter.
The brownies are currently still in the oven but I’m bunkering down to watch The Walking Dead so I’m sure I’ll have one (or two!) later. The rest of them are going to be individually wrapped as pre-workout snacks.
Now….doesn’t all that make you want to go out and try a new recipe – something with fresh produce or a healthy alternative to your favorite treat?
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We all started from the same place: the first step.
And it doesn’t matter how long it takes us to get there – we’re getting there. Every day we’re a little bit closer.
And each day, as we start anew, let’s reflect on why we started to begin with.
Was it to lose weight? Was it to heal an illness? Was it to be able to play with kids easier? Was it to show an ex we’re better off? Was it to be overall healthier?
Whatever the reason – be thankful. We’re getting there!
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