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Healthy Pumpkin Challah

17 Nov

Is there anything better than the smell or the taste of fresh, hot bread right out of the oven?! To me, there is nothing better :)

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I learned how to make challah bread by another leader in my culinary club I teach on campus, but it was the typical, unhealthy version of it. I knew I wanted to play around with making a healthy version, as one of my favorite foods in life is bread<3 And then life happened and I forgot.

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But then a few days ago, the nutrition’s office that I volunteer for on campus offered me a free bread maker! They were trying to get rid of it, and I gladly accepted. In the rain, on my scooter my mom got me for my 21st birthday, I scooted home with my glasses, interact jacket, and the bread maker in between my legs..probably not the safest thing I have ever done

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And then my passion for bread making was revived! Now that I didn’t have to spend the time kneading the bread, I knew I wanted to make it righttttt away. So, what a better way to begin my whole bread making than trying to make a healthy challah bread.

And then I had a great idea. Why not add a smidge of that PuMpKiN flavor that I love so dearly??

The rest was history. Nomnomnom.

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so maybe not the prettiest challah loaf, but I was proud for it being the first time making it!

My boyfriend who loves bread as well, was in heaven upon first slice.

Top the bread with some coconut oil and cinnamon, some agave, or some of my delicious homemade nut butters (like my java one, almond joy one, or even better, my healthy “not-tella” <3)

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Healthy Pumpkin Challah
Makes 1 loaf
1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup Oat Flour or White Flour
1/2 cup Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 Egg White
1/4 cup warm Milk
1 packet Instant Yeast
3T Agave
1T Coconut Oil, melted
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

For Egg Wash: 1 Egg, 1 tbsp Water, 1 tbsp Brown Sugar

Directions with Bread Maker: Place warm milk and yeast into bread maker. Allow to sit for about 3 minutes. Add All other ingredients except Egg Wash ingredients and turn bread maker onto the “Knead/Dough” setting. Allow to knead dough. When done, allow to rise once in bread maker until double in size. Once doubled. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove dough from bread maker and place on floured surface. Divide into 3 sections, and roll into “rope-like” stings of dough. Braid the three pieces of dough and pinch all three ends together on both ends of loaf. Place onto cookie tray sprayed with nonstick spray.Lay a towel over lightly and place in warm spot. Allow to double in size again, about 30 minutes. In small bowl, beat egg wash ingredients together. When loaf has doubled in size, brush egg wash mixture lightly on top (be careful not to deflate loaf), and place into preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until slight brown and crisp to the touch. Remove and allow to cool. This bread served with a touch of coconut oil and cinnamon, or a touch of agave is delicious.

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin A which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C which is an immune booster, decreases blood pressure and risk of heart disease, and regulates cholesterol
6) Good source of vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin
7) High in potassium which is necessary for energy production, balancing fluid levels, and promoting strong bones

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Quest Bar Pumkin Cinnamon Roll Dessert Ravioli

27 Oct

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I was never a huge fan of store bought protein bars, as most have way too many ingredients I can’t even pronounce, and are full of sugar. Not to mention, barely have any protein compared to what you could get by eating real food! But then Quest Nutrition came along..and provided me amazingly clean, healthy, high in protein bars. And the flavors..they taste exactly what they claim to taste like unlike other bars! Cinnamon Roll, Cookie Dough, Coconut Cashew, Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Banana Nut Muffin, Strawberry Cheesecake..just to list a few :) (PS, havent tried quest bars?? You can order a sample box and use my promo code for a discount! “FFF1”)

Well I decided to make another recipe using these delicious bars for fun! I love taking something and recreating it..especially when its a yummy tasty something like a quest bar!

And of course.. Pumpkin came to my mind.

These are high in protein without even trying with the “ravioli” part being made of a high protein Quest bar! These are the perfect snack when I get those midday sweet cravings..or night time cravings too :) Check out the recipe below!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Dessert Ravioli
Makes 2 raviolis
-1 Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar
-1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
-3 tablespoons Vanilla Casein
-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 tablespoon Honey
-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
-Dash of Sea Salt
Directions: Combine all ingredients in small bowl except for Quest Bar. Roll bar out as thin as you can (warming up for 5 seconds in microwave may help). Cut the bar into quarters. Spoon mixture onto one of the bar pieces, place another quarter of the bar on top. Pinch sides of bar together to form a “ravioli” shape. Repeat with other two pieces of bar. Recipe makes two ravioli’s. Enjoy at room temperature or freeze for about 20 minutes for a frozen treat.

 

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Butter [RecipeRedux]

21 Oct

Have you ever tried apple butter or pumpkin butter?? If not, you are missing out. IMG_5315

The only thing is, the apple butter I fell in love with as a kid is full of sugar…not something I would want to be consuming on a daily basis. I loved putting spoonfuls on my toast when I was younger, but the store bought stuff is certainly not an everyday toast spread for one wanting to live healthy or watch their calories. And that is why I knew I had to make my own. IMG_5256

When going to make one of the butters though, I couldn’t decide which to make! And that is why I decided to combine BOTH of these delicious fall flavors into ONE jar. Yes, I decided to make pumpkin apple butter :) That is why I decided to make my own. And I thought what better way to do it than in a crock pot?? Pumpkin and apple butter are always usually cooked on the stove. But slow cooking in the crock pot just seemed like a great idea. And it turned out to be just that.

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Spread on toast, put on top of yogurt or oatmeal, or eat as a delicious dip, this pumpkin apple butter is one that you will be glad you have on hand. IMG_5309

Pumpkin Apple Butter

-Makes about 1 16oz jar-

-2 cups Pumpkin Puree (one pie pumpkin, cooked and blended)

-1 Apple, sliced thin

-1/2 cup Apple Juice or Coconut Water

-1/4 cup Brown Sugar

-1/4 cup Baking Stevia

-1T Cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon each: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves

-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice

-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Add all ingredients in crock pot, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Cover crock pot, and turn crock pot on low. Allow to slow cook for 3 to 4 hours. Turn crock pot off. Allow to cool. Place crock pot contents into high speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to 16oz jar, and keep refrigerated. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before using.

Apple Benefits 1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria 2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain 3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness 4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount) 5)Reduces Cholesterol 6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal 7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content) 8) Detoxes Liver 9) Boosts immune system

Pumpkin Benefits: 1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight 2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied 3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin 4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!) 5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins [GF, DF, V]

11 Oct

By this time you know I love pumpkin.

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But now thanks to Recipe Redux putting on this Sweetpotato Contest, I have rediscovered my love of them as well. Simply baked in the oven, cooked in a savory meal, or used in dessert, these sweetpotatoes provide such a delicious flavor and also a very moist texture :)

Recap for anyone who has missed my last couple posts and is confused as to why I’m spelling sweetpotatoes without a space:  What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk about these muffins. Can you say scrumptious? The flavors of sweetpotato, pumpkin, and almonds all in one mini muffin. What a great way to kick off the Fall season! I love this time of year, because guess what?! Pumpkin and squashes are everywhere! I can now post many pumpkin and squash recipes without seeming completely insane :)

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I made these muffins for all of my friends the other night, and didn’t know what to expect. But they loved them! I’m not a big baker when it comes to cakes and muffins, so I didn’t know if I would come out with the right ratio of everything, but thankfully I did and these muffins were a great success. And they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian friendly! So dive on in to this tasty recipe.

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Want a little taste of Fall? Or a small bite of heaven? Try this recipe with your very own sweetpotatoes today!

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Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins
Makes 18 mini muffins

–    1 cup oats
–    1/4 cup California sweet potato, mashed
–    1/4 cup pumpkin puree
–    1/4 cup applesauce
–    3T egg white
–    6 dates
–    3T agave
–    1T coconut oil
–    1 tsp vanilla
–    1 tsp cinnamon
–    1/2 tsp ginger
–    1 tsp baking powder
–    1/4 tsp butter and almond extract
–    1/4 tsp sea salt
–    Optional: 1/4 cup crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Combine oats and dates in food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly mixture. Add in all other dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. In small bowl, mix together all wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and blend until mixed well. Stir in almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Spray mini muffin liners with nonstick spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold. Top with extra crushed almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until done. For an extra moist muffins, take out before toothpick comes out clean (for me, about 8-10 minutes). Enjoy.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Almond Benefits
1) Reduce Heart Attack Risk
2) Lower Bad Cholesterol
3) Protect artery walls from damage
4) Build strong bones and teeth
5) Provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
6) Lower rise in blood sugar after meals
7) Alkalize the body

 

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt

4 Oct

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Yes. It happened. In my kitchen. Today.

Why?? Well last night I went out with my boyfriend and found this at our local frozen yogurt place in Gainesville.

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After eating a huge cup of their heavenly pumpkin frozen yogurt, I knew I had to make my own! And of course, healthier :)

Yes, frozen yogurt is already very healthy for you compared to regular ice cream, but this frozen yogurt recipe I’m about to share is made with Greek yogurt, which makes it very high in protein compared to your typical frozen yogurt :)

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Want a bite?

And the best part? No ice cream maker needed if you don’t have one! Once you make the base recipe, you can either pour it into a maker if you already have one, but if not, just pour it into a shallow container and place into the freezer! Stir every 30 minutes until the right consistency is achieved, and wallllah!

Try it. You will be happy you did :)

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Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
–    1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
–    1 cup Pumpkin Puree
–    1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
–    1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Raw Honey or Agave
–    4 packets Stevia (or another 1/4 cup of sweetener above)
–    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
–    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
–    1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1/8 tsp each: nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– Optional Toppings: Crushed Graham Cracker, Sprinkles, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chips

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Pour into ice cream maker according to directions on maker, or pour into a shallow container and place into freezer. If not using an ice cream maker, you will need to check mixture every 30 minutes to an hour and stir, in order to break up any huge crystals from forming, until the desired “frozen yogurt texture” is achieved. This will not produce as good as results as an ice-cream maker, but will still taste just as great. Serve in bowls. Top with any desired toppings!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Greek Yogurt
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

25 Sep

Sore throat+ Rainy day + Big Exam to study for called for only one thing a couple days ago.

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PUMPKIN.

By now you probably know I love pumpkin, but it truly is my comfort food as well! Just the thought, smell, or taste of pumpkin makes me so much more at peace and in such a more happier mood :)

Here is an easy, healthy, yet delicious smoothie, that uses About Time’s Vanilla Whey (completely natural and no sweeteners besides stevia!). Use my promo code on TryAboutTime.com, for 25% off! Promo Code=FFF1.

Wanting a delicious frozen treat? Freeze this for about 30 minutes to an hour!

I hope this smoothie puts a smile on your face like it did for me :)

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Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

-1 scoop Vanilla Whey (use FFF1 to get 25% About Time’s powder online!)
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup pumpkin (1/4 if you don’t want it too pumpkin tasting!)
-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1 packet stevia
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 dash sea salt
Directions: Blend all together until smooth!
TIP: You can freeze this for about 30 minutes too for a frozen treat!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Protein Pumpkin Pie in a Squash

23 Aug

Fall is almost here..and you know what that means! Lots and lots of pumpkin recipes!

I have always seen people bake something inside of a squash, and have always wanted to try it myself. Yesterday, when I finally found time in my busy college schedule to get back in the kitchen for a couple hours, I knew exactly what I wanted to try.

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Pumpkin Pie. In an edible, delicious Acorn Squash “bowl”?! With this being high in protein, there is no guilt making this recipe! Squashes are a great source of healthy carbs, and are relatively low in calories along with having many nutritional benefits. Ad pumpkin, well it’s a superfood! There are too many good things I could say about pumpkin. But I will say I am slightly obsessed:)

This is a perfect, single serving Protein Pumpkin Pie to make when having those Fall sweet cravings. Or  any cravings! This will meet your every desire :)

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Protein Pumpkin Pie
-1/2 acorn squash
-1 scoop all natural vanilla whey protein
-1/4 cup pure pumpkin, canned
-1/4 cup baking stevia
-1/2 cup liquid egg whites
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-Dash of each: nutmeg, cloves, ginger, sea salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drizzle squash will a touch of coconut oil, and place half into preheated oven for 10 minutes. While in oven, combine all other ingredients in a bowl. Add more sweetener if desired. Remove squash after 10 minutes. Pour pumpkin pie ingredients into the “bowl” (deep portion) of the squash. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until squash is slightly soft and pumpkin pie filling has formed a browned top. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Squash Benefits:
1)Iron rich, comparable to red meat!
2)Rich in Calcium-22% more calcium than milk
3)High in vitamin A
4)Low in fat
5)Fiber content is higher than most vegetables
6)Excellent source of beta-carotene
7)Rich in magnesium (important in activating enzymes required for muscle and nerve function)