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6 Super Healthy And Simple Recipes to Try This Fall

6 Super Healthy And Simple Recipes to Try This Fall

There’s no doubt about it. Fall is a time of indulgence. Between the sweet treats of halloween, huge Thanksgiving feasts, and pumpkin spiced everything, it can be tempting to overdo it. This can be problematic, especially when the holiday season isn’t too far away either, bringing its own temptations. The good news is that the coming of autumn brings plenty of healthy and tasty seasonal produce, and there are other ways to make some indulgent favorites just a bit healthier. Here are six super Healthy and simple recipes to try this season.

1. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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    This delicious vegan soup is a perfect light lunch.

    • 1 Can Lite Coconut Milk
    • 2 Cups Diced Butternut Squash
    • 1 T Coconut Oil
    • Curry Powder
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Vegetable Stock

    Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil. Saute the squash in the coconut oil until lightly browned. Add salt, pepper, and curry powder to taste. Pour in enough vegetable stock to just cover the mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Stir every 5 minutes. When the squash is fork tender, add the can of coconut milk. Use an immersion blender to puree the mix until it is smooth. Finally, taste the soup and adjust for seasonings.

    Pro Tip: Some cooked brown rice or quinoa adds bulk to this soup.

    2. Parmesan And Butter Mashed Fauxtatoes

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      There’s a good chance that someone at your Thanksgiving table is going low carb. They’ll appreciate this great substitute for mashed potatoes.

      • 4 Cups Riced Cauliflower
      • 2 T Butter
      • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
      • Salt And Pepper
      • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

      Take the riced cauliflower and butter and place in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on high for five minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until the cauliflower is soft. Add the butter, salt and pepper, and heavy cream. Mash with a potato masher until it is roughly the consistency of mashed potatoes. Stir in freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

      Note: All microwaves perform differently. Please adjust for yours. If your grocery store does not have riced cauliflower, simply toss four cups of florets into your food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.

      3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Dried Cranberries

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        If you are tired of the same green bean casserole, this is a tasty alternative.

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        • 2 Cups Brussels Sprouts Halved
        • ¼ Cup Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
        • ¼ Cup Dried Cranberries
        • Olive Oil
        • Salt And Pepper
        • 1 T White Balsamic Vinegar

        Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, stir brussels sprouts, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mix on a shallow roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, sprinkle the dried cranberries and bacon over the vegetables. Continue roasting until soft and somewhat browned. Spoon into a serving bowl and toss with white vinegar just before serving.

        4. Speedy Pork Loin With Apples

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          If you’ve got a great pressure cooker, this is a great Sunday dinner recipe, or even an alternative to your Thanksgiving turkey!

          • 4 to 5 Lbs Boneless Pork Loin
          • 1 Onion Cut Into 8 Pieces
          • Olive Oil
          • Salt And Pepper
          • 3 to 4 Apples Quartered
          • 2 T Whole Grain Mustard
          • ½ Cup Apricot Jam
          • 1 Cup Chicken Stock

          Rub olive oil on the pork loin, add salt and pepper and sear it in the pressure cooker until brown on all sides. Remove the loin and add in the apples and onion. Saute those until somewhat soft and fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock, and add the pork loin back in. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the pressure and let the loin rest for about ten minutes.

          While you are waiting, mix the jam and the mustard in a microwave safe dish. Heat on medium for thirty-second intervals, and stir frequently. Then, glaze the pork loin with the mixture.

          Suggested Sides: Roasted Green Beans And Parker House Rolls

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          5. Cheap And Comforting Smoky Lentil Soup

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            Lentils are a true superfood. This soup is hearty, delicious, and extraordinarily inexpensive.

            • 2 Cups Brown or Green Lentils
            • ½ Cup Diced Carrots
            • ½ Cup Diced Celery
            • Chicken Stock
            • ½ Cup Diced Red Onion
            • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
            • 1 T Minced Garlic
            • 4 Slices Diced Bacon
            • Salt And Pepper
            • 1 Bay Leaf

            Heat a large soup pot over medium on the stovetop. Add bacon and allow that to cook, stirring frequently until the fat renders and the bacon is cooked through. Throw in the carrots, celery, and onion and crank the heat to medium high. Saute for about 5 minutes. Toss in the minced garlic, and add salt and pepper to taste.

            Add the lentils and stir them into the vegetable mix. Pour in enough chicken stock to cover the mixture by approximately one and a half inches. Place one bay leaf into the soup mixture, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, and let everything simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the tomatoes and stir. Then simmer, stirring every ten minutes until the lentils have softened.

            Pro Tip: Swap out the bacon for a tablespoon of olive oil and use vegetable stock to make this recipe vegetarian. Add a couple of drops of liquid smoke for extra flavoring.

            6. Pumpkin Parfaits

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              This is a healthier, and portable alternative to many standard pumpkin pie recipes.

              • 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
              • 1 Pouch Sugar-Free Vanilla or Cheesecake Pudding Mix
              • 1 Container of Light Cool Whip
              • 1 Cup of Skim Milk
              • 1 Cup of Evaporated Milk
              • Pumpkin Pie Spice

              Combine all ingredients except for the Cool Whip in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer. Cover and place into the refrigerator until it is set. Spoon the mixture into parfait cups alternating with layers of Cool Whip. Finish with a final dollop of the Cool Whip and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.

              Serving Kids? Dish this up into unbreakable plastic tumblers to keep your glassware safe.

              These recipes provide some great alternatives to their more calorie-laden counterparts. They are also a great way to add some healthy produce to your fall meal plans.

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              Last Updated on January 17, 2019

              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

              Listen carefully:

              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

              1. Pray Daily

              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

              3. Smile Often

              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

              4. Organize Your Working Desk

              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

              How do you do that? This is my formula:

              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

              8. Go Exercise

              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

              The Bottom Line

              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

              More Resources About Mindfulness

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