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Even Though You’re Not Very Into Pumpkins, You’ll Crave For Them After Reading This

Even Though You’re Not Very Into Pumpkins, You’ll Crave For Them After Reading This

Pumpkin season is upon us. You can pretty much find a pumpkin version of any meal, snack or dessert out there. There is an abundance of pumpkin recipes flooding the internet at this time of the year.

But why is pumpkin so awesome?

First of all, it’s a seasonal staple that reminds us of warm family gatherings involving pumpkin pie and other delicious treats. Secondly, pumpkin is basically a super food. It’s packed with fiber to keep you fuller longer, aid digestion and help you lose weight. It has loads of potassium—even more than a banana, so it’s perfect for refueling after a tough workout. It also boosts eyesight and protects skin with its beta carotene that our bodies convert to vitamin A.

Pumpkin even contains a large amount of vitamin C which many believe can fight off sickness which is perfect for cold and flu season. Interesting fact about pumpkins: the beta carotene found within is a type of carotenoid which makes you turn orange when you’ve eaten too much. (You’ve been warned.)

Lastly, pumpkin is a very versatile food. Pumpkin recipes range from breakfast items, savory soups and of course the classic pumpkin desserts.

1. Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes via Dashing Dish

pumpkin spice pancakes

    With all the health benefits of pumpkin, why not add it to your breakfast? These pancakes look so fluffy and delightful with only 100 calories and 14 grams of protein per cake.

    2. Mocha Pumpkin Spice Latte via Dessert for Two

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    Mocha Pumpkin Spice Latte

      So you have all heard about the pumpkin spice latte, I’m assuming. You know, one of the main pumpkin recipes floating around the interwebs. When the pumpkin spice latte graces the scene, you know it’s Fall. But check out this chocolate version. Chocolate makes everything better.

      3. Pumpkin Almond Chocolate Chip Muffins via Skinny Fitalicious

      pumpkin almond chocolate chip muffins

        Speaking of chocolate making everything better…these muffins look to die for. They also look pretty darn healthy from perusing the ingredient list (and blog name).

        4. White Chocolate Pumpkin Mug Cake via The Almond Eater

        white chocolate pumpkin mug cake

          How about the white chocolate chip? I don’t know why, but I’ve never thought of pairing pumpkin and white chocolate before now. It sounds divine! This is a mug cake recipe so you can whip it together in minutes!

          5. Single Serve Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake in a Mug via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

          single serve chocolate chip pumpkin cake in a mug

            While we’re talking mug cakes, we might as well talk about the chocolate chip version. This one even includes pumpkin spice coffee creamer..yum!

            6. Pumpkin Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream via The Law Student’s Wife

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            pumpkin parfaits with coconut whipped cream

              Those crumbly items layered in between the whipped coconut and pumpkin are gingersnaps…wow.

              7. Pumpkin French Toast via Averie Cooks

              pumpkin french toast

                I think every pancake or french toast recipe looks ten times better drenched in syrup. What do you think?

                8. Flourless Pumpkin Pie Muffins via Running with Spoons

                flourless pumpkin pie muffins

                  I cannot get over how good these look. It’s not surprising that this recipe got pinned over fifty thousand times. I’m very intrigued by the way the chocolate looks on the top. I may just have to make these to see if I get the same results!

                  9. Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes via Mom on Timeout

                  pumpkin carrot cake cupcake

                    Pumpkin and carrot in one cupcake? That’s just showing off. The decadent frosting on top probably helps mask the healthy goodness of the cupcakes. Just beware of all the carotenoids involved so you don’t eat too many and turn orange!

                    10. Skinny Pumpkin Pie Martini via Sinful Nutrition

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                    skinny pumpkin martinis

                      Oh yes you can put pumpkin in booze!

                      11. Autumn Spiced Vegetarian Chili via Hummusapian

                      autumn spiced vegetarian chili

                        You can also put it in chili. This is something I need to try because I plan on busting out my slow cooker very soon.

                        12. Savory Pumpkin Rolls by Flour Arrangements

                        12 Pumpkin-Roll

                          These are simply adorable! What’s funny is that the author of the recipe made them by accident—she was making kaiser rolls and her daughter thought they looked like little pumpkins.

                          13. Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Bagels via Food Pleasure and Health

                          13 pumpkin-spiced-pumpkin-bagels

                            I’ve never made bagels before, but I though it was crazy how they boiled them before baking them. Nevertheless they looked marvelous when done and referenced a couple other pumpkin recipes that boiled them as well! You learn something new every day, right?

                            14. Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almonds via Clean Eating Chelsey

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                            14 pumpkin spiced almonds

                              This is yet another way I would never have thought to use pumpkin! The author said she ate this whole bowl in one day so they must be good!

                              15. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Cups via Ari’s Menu

                              15 Pumpkin-Spice-Latte-Cheesecake-Cups-glutenfree

                                This is a lovely way to cap off the list. These little guys are adorable..especially with the straw. I’m sure they taste incredible too with the gingersnap crust and cheesecake middle.

                                So which of these amazing pumpkin recipes will you be trying first?

                                Nutrition Sources:

                                Pumpkin Health Benefits on Huffington Post

                                Antioxidants on Cancer.gov

                                Phytonutrients on WebMD

                                Featured photo credit: Pumpkin Recipes via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut via semihealthyblog.com

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                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                                Review Your Past Flow

                                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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