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#meatlessmonday

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I can eat soup ANYTIME. But I am especially thrilled that the real soup season is upon us! I love having my dutch oven working away as it simmers my favorite veggies, soothing broth and healing herbs. Crockpot more your thing? That works too. I am excited to try to use my crockpot more this fall and winter. I would love to hear your favorite crockpot recipes!

Forgive the not so appetizing picture…photography isn’t my strong suit. I PROMISE, it tastes better than it looks!

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I was looking for a recipe I could make for dinner tonight but also freeze some for leftovers later. I found this Vegan Black Bean Soup recipe on Cookie & Kate and ran to the store to get what I needed. It comes together in no time which is essential for me. The only thing I did differently was I blended ALL of mine in the Vitamix at the end. I just prefer the creamier texture but you do what you want. I topped mine with Fage full fat Greek yogurt and cilantro.  It would be fabulous served alongside spicy margaritas and cool guacamole, #justsayin.

Enjoy!

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One Can of Organic Pumpkin…

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Ahhhhhhhh, Fall is in the air (finally)! It’s my favorite season for so many reasons…sweaters, boots, pumpkins piling up on my front porch, chili in the crockpot, football games, cooler temperatures…

Even though you can get organic, canned pumpkin year around, it just sort of makes sense this time of year. It’s such a versatile, healthy, clean ingredient that is easy to come by, easy to use, and delish.

If you need more convincing, check out this article on one of my favorite sites Mind Body Green and you’ll learn pumpkin is packed with Vitamin C and fiber, carotids to help prevent aging (yeah!), magnesium, potassium, zinc…and so much more!

Instead of listing some of my favorite ways to use pumpkin (one is right here if you want to check it out), I decided to share some awesome links that give you HUNDREDS of uses for this orange nutritional powerhouse.  Enjoy!

1. Huffington Post tells you all the things you can do with one can of pumpkin

2. Greatist shares a variety of uses for pumpkin, including a cocktail (#winning)

3. Prevention gives some really different recipes such as pumpkin hummus, you know I will be trying this

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4. Eating Well wants you to make a pumpkin burger, among many other options!

5. I LOVE Chocolate Covered Katie and can’t wait to try her Pumpkin Spice Latte

xo,

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Your new favorite fall drink–loaded with healing properties.

I love this Cinnamon Tonic that Tiffany turned me on to a few years ago! It’s worth a repost. xoxo

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It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cool, you may have even lit your first fire. So on your next visit to the grocery store pick up these simple ingredients. Among countless other benefits, ginger root is a powerful antioxidant and helps diminish bloating. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. (check out the study if you are interested) The orange gives a small dose of Vitamin C and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness—for serious Vitamin C boost add 1/2 teaspoon of one of BEC’s fav superfood Camu Camu—and last…… the cinnamon adds insane flavor and has all sorts of healing properties, anti-inflammatory being at the top of my list. For some reason cinnamon helps my clients diminish their sweet cravings. Yes you read that correct. It helps take away sugar cravings. I promise it’s worth a try.

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BEC Cinnamon Tonic
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • One slice orange (more if desired)
  • One ⅛-1/4 inch Fresh Ginger (or a sprinkle of ground ginger)
  • One Cinnamon Stick (or two sprinkles of ground cinnamon)
  • 1½ cups Hot water
Instructions
  1. Boil the water with your cinnamon stick and piece of ginger in it.
  2. Boil for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour in a cup, add your slice of orange.
  4. For a slightly sweeter tonic add a few extra slices of orange while boiling.

—Enjoy morning, noon, afternoon, night……or all day long….XOXO—

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Step Up Your Game

BEC Green Smoothie

 

Isn’t the BEC Green Smoothie THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER? Guys, it really is. But, believe it or not, I have a few ways to make it pack even more punch without realllllllly changing the taste (too much).

1. Mix in a little water.  I like my smoothie with a looser texture so I used to add extra coconut milk (my current non dairy milk of choice). Recently I starting using half coconut milk, half cold water and you cannot taste a difference.  Love the texture, love using less milk, and obviously it contains less calories!

2. Throw in some seeds.  I used to swallow a spoonful of chia seeds every morning then it got to the point where I would rather stay in bed all day then walk down the stairs and choke down chia seeds. Now I drop a tablespoon of the white or black variety into my smoothie (we love the seeds by Health Warrior). Chia can makes things “gelatinous” but this small amount doesn’t change the consistency and adds Omega-3s, protein and fiber.  Flax seeds are also always in my smoothie; they’re cancer and disease fighting so why not?

3. Camu Camu Powder. I love throwing some of this fine powder in my green smoothie every day. It is full of immune boosting antioxidants and Vitamin C.

4. Cinnamon has so many benefits we should all be sprinkling it onto everything all the time. To name a few it’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants and multiple nutrients, and can even boost your mood!

5. Change up your greens game. We know the usual green smoothie suspects…kale and spinach. But try mixing it up. Today I used a bag of romaine in mine and as usual, delicious. Try micro greens, beet greens, collards or dandelion greens (these last two can be bitter so maybe use a little less for your first attempts). Different greens give us different things, y’all!

6. Throw in a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar.  Just a bit won’t alter the taste but you get loads of benefits such as lowering blood sugar, aiding in weight loss, and fighting bacteria!

Do you have any smoothie tips that you love?  Let me know!

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