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31 Delicious And Creative Recipes You Need To Try Before Winter

31 Delicious And Creative Recipes You Need To Try Before Winter

When the leaves start changing colours and the temperatures drop (more like plummet in my part of the world!), there is nothing more comforting than indulging in what nature does best at this time of the year: sweet, brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables that lend themselves beautifully to intoxicating autumn spices, to warm the cockles of our hearts!

The best thing about fall produce is that not only is it utterly delicious when combined with the right ingredients, as you’ll see in the recipes below (just wait); it’s also really good for you. That vividly orange pumpkin we enjoy so much in the chilly autumn months? It’s chock full of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Those apples that taste so incredible in crumbles and crisps? Filled to the brim with fibre that keeps you fuller for longer and brilliant for your teeth. As if anyone needed an excuse to gorge on these awesome dishes, am I right?!

Here are 30 delicious recipes for fall, that’ll have you using your favourite traditional ingredients in some fun and creative ways. Good for the body and good for the soul! Let’s get cooking!

Gorgeous appetizers and nibbles

Beta-carotene and vitamin A-rich pumpkin and butternut squash, and crunchy, delicious apples, these tasty dishes will be the perfect start to any autumn meal.

Pumpkin Pickles

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    Caramel Apple Nachos

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      Mini Caramilized Pecan Brie Bites

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        Pumpkin Hummus with Cinnamon “Sugar” Tortilla Chips

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          Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls

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            Moroccan Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Soup with Coconut Ginger Cream + Pistachios

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              Delicious main dishes

              Everyone loves a hearty plate of comforting autumn food when the temperatures drop. These delicious fall offerings – a tempting mix of healthy and not-so-healthy (but oh-so-tasty) – will tempt you right into the kitchen!

              Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole

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                Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork and Pumpkin Chili with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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                  Turkey Wellington

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                    Fall Detox Salad

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                      Stuffed Turkey Cutlets with Pumpkin Brie Sauce and Cranberry Chutney

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                        Pumpkin-Chipotle Pizza with Kale and Burrata

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                          Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Pecan and Maple Crumble

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                            Simple Caramelized Butternut Squash and Kale Florentine Lasagna

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                              Glorious side dishes

                              While I could certainly spend all day digging into the above stars of the show (don’t judge, so could you!), a little side dish does wonders to lift a whole meal to higher levels. These beautifully fragrant plates offer all the best that autumn has to offer: delicious sprouts (which fight cancer, by the way!), tasty pumpkins and energy-giving sweet potatoes all come out to play here.

                              Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

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                                Roasted Pumpkin Fries

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                                  Brussel Sprout, Bacon, and Apple Naan Stuffing

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                                    Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

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                                      Twice-Baked Sweet Potato (Yam) with Chipotle Pecan Streusel

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                                        Mouthwatering desserts

                                        These incredibly delicious desserts will be the perfect swan song to your autumn feast. Let’s not kid ourselves… These recipes are not healthy but man, will they do wonders for your soul! Dig in!

                                        Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (with Pie Crust!)

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                                          Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

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                                            Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake

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                                              Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cake

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                                                Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

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                                                  Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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                                                    Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples

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                                                      And if you’re a little thirsty…

                                                      …Because there can never be too much autumny goodness:

                                                      Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

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                                                        Pumpkin Spice Martini

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                                                          Apple Pie Punch

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                                                            Pumpkin Chai Latte

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                                                              Salted Caramel Apple Cider

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                                                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                                4. Feed Your Brain

                                                                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                                6. Write it Down

                                                                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                                7. Listen to Music

                                                                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                                8. Visual Concepts

                                                                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                                9. Teach Someone Else

                                                                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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