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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 September 16, 2019

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                    • (1) Research
                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                    • (3) Creating the outline
                    • (4) Drafting the content
                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                    • (6) Revision
                    • (7) etc.

                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                    2. Change Your Environment

                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                    6. Get a Buddy

                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                    Reality check:

                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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