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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 March 13, 2019

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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