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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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                                Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                1. Gratitude

                                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                                  write down goals

                                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                    6. Rise Earlier

                                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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