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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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                                11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                2. Stress Relief

                                Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                3. Improved Sleep

                                Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                4. Appetite Control

                                Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                7. Mosquito Repellant

                                Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                8. Pain Relief

                                While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                9. The New Anti-Viral

                                Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                11. Money Saving

                                With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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