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9 Secretly Healthy Fall Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers

9 Secretly Healthy Fall Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers

Seasonal treats are the best because you have to wait for them. There’s a level of yearning involved when you can’t enjoy something all the time; it makes it so much more gratifying when you finally get to indulge. We suckers for fall and pumpkin everything love getting creative and sharing our wealth of knowledge on all gourd-centric things.

Pumpkin’s friendly orange hue signals a turning towards the chillier months, our most festive occasions, family traditions and, of course, thinking up variations on ways to eat pumpkin.

Pumpkin also offers a lot of health benefits like weight loss, better vision, boosting the immune system and lowering cancer risk, among others. Here are a few of the most creative, delectable and healthy pumpkin recipes for you to try for yourself.

Donning your chunkiest sweater while preparing them is highly recommended.

1. Pumpkin Pie Reese’s

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    Playing with nostalgic favorites, this recipe creates a perfect mash-up between the beloved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and our autumnal obsession: pumpkin pie.

    This healthified dessert recipe is made with no refined sugars, fillers or artificial ingredients, while being just as sweet and delectable as ever! It’s a deceptively simple, fun take on staples we grew up on.

    2. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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      These gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo cinnamon rolls have an incredibly chewy flaky dough, cinnamon glaze and sweet luscious pumpkin flavor, all without common allergens or refined sugars.

      Easy on the tummy, easy on the eyes and easy on the taste buds, this decedent pumpkin-y breakfast treat will fill your home with the scents of fall, while helping you to avoid the sugar crash caused by carb-loading on your average cinnamon roll.

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      3. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spiced Bread with Crystalized Ginger and Walnuts

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        Pumpkin and ginger are great friends. With the candied element of crystalized ginger and the warm crunch of toasty almonds, with this recipe you’ve got a fall bread recipe for the ages. The best part: it’s gluten-free!

        4. Pumpkin Ginger Soup

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          Okay, not all pumpkin recipes have to be dessert, as is proven with this flavorful, gently spiced soup to warm you up. Creamy and vibrant in color and flavor, you’ll love this nourishing and beautiful autumnal bowl.

          5. Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Caramel Flavored Topping

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            Okay, back to dessert. On the opposite end of the spectrum, for those fall days that aren’t quite so chilly or… what the heck even if they are, we still love ice cream.

            But a lot of people have difficulty digesting dairy, which can leave them out of the ice cream game. Bummer. Luckily a little coconut milk, pumpkin puree and a low GI natural sweetener can take care of that! Enjoy these frosty, pumpkin-y scoops without suffering any intestinal difficulties or exhausting your insulin reserves.

            6. Pumpkin Pie Quinoa

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              If you’re the kind of person who wakes up with pumpkin on the brain this time of year, this pumpkin pie breakfast porridge is for you. Using quinoa as the high protein and fiber base to this pumpkin lover’s dream absolutely justifies having pumpkin pie for breakfast. No judgement here.

              7. No Bake Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

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                Who doesn’t love pumpkin cheesecake? Who doesn’t love feeling super guilty after eating it? Oh you don’t love feeling guilty? Well then try this sugar-free, no-bake version. It’s a creamy, fluffy slice of pumpkin cheesecake, but much lighter and easier to make.

                8. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

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                  For those mornings when you need something quick, protein-filled and, let’s be honest, you want to get away with having a milkshake for breakfast, this low sugar smoothie is just the thing.

                  9. Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Walnut Butter

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                    Oh, the schmearing you’ll do. On toast, on pancakes even on veggies like cucumbers or celery, this pumpkin spiced walnut butter will win your heart and then leave you far too soon. But don’t be sad, another batch will come along before long. You just have to reach out and make it.

                    Happy fall!

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                    Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                    10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                    10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                    A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                    Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                    1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                    Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                    If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                    2. You put the cart before the horse.

                    “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                    3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                    A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                    4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                    The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                    5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                    If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                    6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                    Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                    The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                    7. You’re trying too hard.

                    Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                    8. You don’t track your progress.

                    Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                    9. You have no social support.

                    It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                    10. You know your what but not your why.

                    The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                    Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                    Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                    Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                    Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                    Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                    • The more specific you can make your goal,
                    • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                    • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                    • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                    I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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