Tag Archives: Pumpkin

Pumpkin-Full Recipes

10 Oct

…drum roll please…

It’s wellness Wednesday! Did you all complete the workout from last week? If not..what are you waiting for?!

On a sweeter note..

Pumpkin is everywhere.

At cider mills, outside of grocery stores, on shelves, in recipes, used as decorations..you cannot escape the pumpkin! But why should you? Pumpkin gives you a hefty dose of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that’s responsible for how our skin looks, our eyes see, and can even improve our resistance to disease.

Not only are pumpkins the perfect accessory for your porch, but the seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain functions, mood, and memory performance; zinc which protects against osteoporosis; and iron which builds and maintains healthy muscles, blood, and regulating body temperature.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

  • pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dry)
  • salt
  • olive oil

Preheat oven to 400degrees. Spread seeds on a baking sheet in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or when they start to brown.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:

  • 1/4c. oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1/4c. pumpkin (canned)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3T. milk or yogurt
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a non-stick pan or a griddle. Cook until little bubbles form on top, flip and cook until its cooked through. Top with Greek yogurt, peanut/almond butter, maple syrup, and the other half of the banana!

(180 calories, 2g. fat, 10g. protein, 5g. fiber (nutrition is an estimate without the toppings. don’t quote me!))

Have you heard the latest Starbucks threat? Diehard Starbucks Pumpkin Spice addicts, close your eyes.

Thanks to a spike in demand this year for the sugary, milky, coffee concoction,  some Starbucks locations are periodically running out of the pumpkin spice syrup  that gives the drink its distinct flavor (source)

How on earth are we supposed to bounce back from this?! Simply make your own.

Emergency Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee:

  • 1c. non-fat milk
  • 2T. pumpkin
  • 1/2t. vanilla
  • 1/2t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2t. sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2c. brewed coffee

Combine milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and stevia in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk. Add coffee.

you will survive the shortage

Pumpkin Chili:

  • 2lbs. lean ground beef, turkey, chicken, or tofu
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can of tomato juice
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2c. canned pumpkin
  • 1T. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1T. chili powder
  • 1/4c. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat of choice and drain. Add onion and bell pepper, cook for ~5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes, and pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and sugar. Simmer ~1 hour.

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How are you doing on the workout-front? Do the workouts seem doable?

What’s your fave way to enjoy the ingredient of the month?

On the Pumpkin Bandwagon

28 Sep

Well good morning loves and happy Friday! It’s been a crazy week; lots of office work, teaching group fitness, classes, and preparing for Sunday’s Brooksie Way Half Marathon! I’ve heard wonderful things about the course so I’m super excited that it’s my first half marathon in Michigan!

lucky bib # 579

Rachelle and I will be starting the race together but I’ve been informed- “DO NOT run with me!” Don’t you feel the love?!

I’m meeting one of the social media guru’s with the company I recently started working with; fingers crossed that I’ll have some AMAZE BALLS news for you come tomorrow! It may involve wearing an outfit and writing a review about it right here..who knows!?

Last night I taught Abs, Glutes, and Thighs at the Rec center! The workout will be posted on Workout Wednesday-stay tuned 🙂 I appreciate the social media department advertising my classes!

ESPECIALLY when one of the attendees (a fave one I may add) still thinks about me after the class with a shout out tweet  :).

love what I do!

Things I’ve been loving lately:

  • pumpkin. first purchase was Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee. I like it but need a better way of drinking it..any suggestions? I like sweetness but don’t want to start on artificial sweeteners.
  • sparkling ice. a naturally flavored mountain spring water that has zero calories. if you like pop but want to wean yourself off of it, I highly recommend trying this! It’s fizzy and tingly going down but you won’t feel guilty about drinking one ortwoorthreeorfour a day. (Sparkling Ice did not ask me to review this product; I’m just obsessed; these are my own thoughts 🙂 ).
  • almond, peanut, & cashew butter. scrumptious. my friend, Sarah, introduced me to this last year and I just now decided to keep it as a staple..sometimes I question myself..OIAJ= 1/3c. oats, heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, splashes of almond milk, chia seeds, banana all mixed into the almost-empty jar.

Is anyone else running in the Brooksie Way 5k or half marathon?

How do you drink your pumpkin spice coffee?

Pumpkin Oatmeal

2 Nov

The definition of fall is in this bowl of comfortableness! This oatmeal recipe is nothing out-of-the-ordinary, but it’s just too scrumptious to keep to myself :).

Usually I prefer my oatmeal made with milk, but this is my only exception; water seems to contribute to the oatmeal’s gooey consistency and texture.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • sweetener (optional)
  • banana (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) pumpkin butter (Trader Joe’s)
  • sprinkles of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or all!
Prep:
  1. combine oats and water in a bowl. nuke for ~3 minutes.
  2. add pumpkin, yogurt, and a little more water (I like my oatmeal very voluminousness). nuke ~2-3 minutes.
  3. skip the added water if you’re normal add a little more water, sweetener, and frozen banana. nuke ~2-3 minutes.
  4. finally, dollop with pumpkin butter and sprinkle the spices of your choice!
Comfortableness in a bowl 😀

Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

30 Oct

I’m a lean-mean baking machine today! I cooked a big pot of chili earlier this afternoon and the cutest pumpkin chocolate chip cookies while I watched the Steelers game! Very productive Sunday!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (see FitBit*)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cupsormore chocolate chips

Prep:

  • combine pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg-whisk until the sugar dissolves.
  • combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt-stir. dissolve the baking soda in the milk.
  • add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir in milk and baking soda. stir to combine. add chocolate chips.
  • bake at 350degrees for ~10 minutes.

 Enjoy!

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To make baked goods healthier, swap the oil for unsweetened applesauce. You’ll retain moisture, volume, and taste without the fat!