‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall’

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Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. I love the brisk mornings and sunny but cold fall days. I live for when the leaves start to change colors and the apple and pumpkin flavored foods start to come back on the market. It is the prettiest season out of all four; especially living in New England.

Here are some of my fall favorites:
– Pumpkin Coffee (and lattes when I want to treat myself)
– Pumpkin bread, muffins, cookies…just about any baked good that’s bad for you
– Apples fresh from the farm; which means apple picking of course
– The return of fresh fall fruits & vegetables: brussel sprouts, pears, pomegranate, squash, & sweet potatoes
– Foliage hikes/ Trail Runs
– Cozing up to a roaring fireplace
– Watching my little brother’s soccer games (Go Babson!)
– The return of lazy Sundays watching Football & sipping on Pumpkin beer

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Pumpkin is a fall SuperFood. It is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, carotenoids and fiber. It is also very low in calories making this an easy addition to your fall diet. You do not have to use fresh pumpkin you can buy it in a can as long as you make sure it is 100% pure pumpkin (no added sugars, etc.) Pumpkin puree can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, quinoa, pancake batter and yogurt. Pumpkin can also be choppped into cubes/wedges and roasted to add to salads or used as a side vegetable. It tastes delicious sprinkled with cinnamon & nutmeg or garlic & sage.
Check out this great article that goes into much greater detail of the health benefits of pumpkin:
http://www.superfoodsrx.com/superfoods/pumpkin/pumpkin-as-a-super-food.html

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Here is a healthy green smoothie with a twist for fall: Pumpkin Green Smoothie
Smoothie Ingredients:
– 1 cups of Spinach/Kale/Greens of your choice
– 3/4 cup of almond milk or water OR DrinkMaple Maple Water
– 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
– 1 good sized banana
– 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice
– add a dash of ginger & nutmeg

To add a touch of added sweetness:
– drop of honey or maple syrup

To add protein to your smoothie:
-add vanilla protein powder (I use a plant based protein powder: Garden of Life Raw)
-add Siggi’s Pumpkin Spice Icelandic skyr yogurt/Chobani Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt

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