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17 Pie Ideas To Keep You Warm This Winter

17 Pie Ideas To Keep You Warm This Winter

It’s the most magical time of the year. Winter is always special. There’s nothing we like more than getting comfortable with a blanket, book, cup of tea or hot chocolate and a nice slice of pie, preferably near the window when it’s snowing. Plus, they make ideal lunch or dinner for your friends and family. If you’re looking for pie ideas for this winter, you came to the right place. Throughout this article, we’re going to mention 17 amazing pies that will keep you warm this winter. Let’s start.

  1. Spiced apple pie with fluted round cutouts

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    Let’s take a classic American pie to a whole new level. This pie is easy to make, contains ingredients that you can purchase just about anywhere and you get to enjoy nice, delicious apple pie in an hour or so in six easy steps. Cinnamon and nutmeg give this wonderful dessert that winter “feel” we love so much. Get the recipe here.

    1. Raisin pie

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      This raisin pie is perfect for family visits over Christmas holidays. Also, studies revealed that raisin reduces risk factors of heart disease. In order to make this pie all you need is to get a few basic ingredients and to follow four simple steps. This pie, also, contains cinnamon which makes it perfect for winter. The entire dessert is decorated with little hearts made with heart-shaped cookie cutter. The final result is subtle, elegant, and expensive-looking desert that you’ll want to upload to your Instagram account. See how it’s done right here.

      3. Divine blueberry pie

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        Who doesn’t like blueberries? Not only they’re considered a superfood due to their numerous health benefits, but they only taste divine. Some ingredients you need for this pie include cinnamon, blueberries, and lemon juice. Preparation is very simple. Even if you don’t cook or bake at all this pie will still seem like it was made by a pro. Find out how to make this perfect two-step pie here.

        4. Tomato, cheddar and basil pie

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        tomato pie

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          Let’s step away from desserts for a while, shall we. When you’re in baking mood, you might as well make a pie for dinner and lunch. Plus, if you want something delicious and quick, then this recipe is perfect for you. Preparation time is 30 minutes and you bake it for about 40 minutes only. Ingredients like tomatoes, cheddar and Parmesan cheese will make everyone ask for an extra slice. Plus, it’s probably going to be the prettiest pie you’ve ever made. Get the recipe here.

          5. Spinach, ricotta and pimento pie

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            Although this time of the year is magical, it’s still characterized by viruses, the flu, etc. This pie contains spinach which is abundant in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, yet delicious at the same time. To prepare for and make this pie you only need 55 minutes. The pie will simply melt in your mouth. Plus, it’s perfect for your healthy lifestyle. Find out how to make it by following this link.

            6. Pumpkin, ricotta, and caramelized onion tart/pie

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              You’ve probably never though of combining these ingredients, but once you try this marvelous pie you will want to do it more often. If you need a delicious pie and have only 30 minutes to spare, this one is the ideal choice for you. Get the recipe here.

              7. Vegan tortilla pie

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                If you’re a vegan you probably thought you won’t find anything here that you could make. This recipe is just for you. To make this simple and yummy pie you need peppers, cumin, beans, and other healthy, yet tasty ingredients. You will love this easy-to make pie and the combination of red and yellow. Here’s the link for your perfect savory vegan pie.

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                8. Spiced pear and almond hand pie

                spiced peer pie

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                  If you’re preparing a dinner for your friends or having a party but want to impress everyone with your baking expertise, then you should make these little hand pies. Why them? It’s because there’s going to be enough for everyone, they’re all the same size so you don’t have to worry one person will get a smaller slice. To make this spiced pie you can just buy frozen puff pastry and avoid all the fuss. Plus, combination of almonds and pear is magnificent. Get the recipe here.

                  9. Maple granola pecan pie

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                    We’re take one more traditional dish to a whole new level with this pie that is suitable for absolutely every holiday or family-gathering situation. Plus, it’s super delicious and ideal for winter. Find out how to make an updated version of traditional pecan pie right here.

                    10. Pear, date, and sesame pie

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                      Are you adventurous and love experimenting? This pie is what you need. Pears are versatile and are perfect in any combination and this pie is no exception. Plus, all that sesame will make the pie look like it has been sprinkled with snow. Learn how to bake this pie here.

                      11. Fruit pie with crumb topping

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                        Here we have amazing blueberries once again and the crumb topping that is extremely fun to use. In advance, Blueberries contain many antioxidants and have many health benefits. When cooled off this pie is perfect for hot summer days when you need sweet refreshment. However, when it’s warm, it’s ideal for cold winter days when you just want to eat delicious pie and watch your favorite show. Recipe is here.

                        12. Chocolate pecan pie

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                          Chocolate and pecans are a perfect match and this pie is the proof of this wonderful relationship. Combination of vanilla, chocolate, almonds, and pecans will make you want winter to never end. You can go step further and serve the pie with whipped cream. Yummy! Get the recipe here.

                          13. Bourbon pie

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                            What can warm you up in matter of seconds? The answer is simple, it’s bourbon. Now, instead of drinking bourbon like you just joined some Gentlemen’s club, you can, simply, add it to this delightfully easy-to-make pie. Find out how, right here.

                            14. Triple chocolate pumpkin pie

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                              You won’t be able to resist this pie. It’s rich and contains all your favorite ingredients (vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and pumpkin). The pie is very easy to make and once you do it will look like you purchased it in an expensive store. How great is that. Here’s the recipe

                              15. Honey pie

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                              honey pie

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                                Honey is a wonderful addition to all desserts. Plus, it’s organic and contains a wide range of health benefits. Combine honey with nutmeg and vanilla to create a perfect pie. The pie is simple, has minimalist appearance and very easy to make. What are you waiting for? Recipe is here.

                                16. Coconut custard pie

                                coconut pie

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                                  If you’re looking for a perfect holiday dessert, this could be it. After all, who says you can’t much on warm pie with coconut and imagine yourself on some tropical island? This easy-to-make pie’s instructions are right here.

                                  17. Chocolate tofu pie

                                  chocolate tofu pie

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                                    Here’s another recipe that both vegans and non-vegans can enjoy. To make this pie you need only four ingredients and that’s it. It tastes delicious sand you’re going to find yourself making this pie every week, because you don’t have to bake it. You can serve it plain or top it with whipped cream, your choice. Get the recipe here.

                                    Conclusion

                                    It’s the holiday season, which only implies there’s going to be a lot of baking in your home. Recipes listed in this article are delicious, easy to make, and contain ingredients you can find just about anywhere. So, what are you waiting for?

                                    References

                                    http://www.marthastewart.com/274980/25-perfect-pies#213954

                                    http://community.epicurious.com/post/5-pies-to-keep-you-warm-this-winter

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                                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                    Video Summary

                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                    • Prolapse
                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                    • Overweight

                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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