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40 Ways To Make Your Pumpkin Recipes Stand Out

40 Ways To Make Your Pumpkin Recipes Stand Out

Pumpkin is the dish that fits for all occasions. You can have pumpkin recipes as appetizers, main dish, desserts and also as beverages. Rich in vitamins, they have great nutritious value as well.

In this article, we present you with 40 awesome pumpkin recipes, which will surely make your day, if not the mealtime good.

1. Pumpkin spice roasted chickpeas

    This recipe contains chickpeas, maple syrup, coconut oil and nutmegs. It’s a great way to start your meal. It’s crunchy and really delicious. Cinnamon and ginger are also added to this dish, which provide it with a wonderful aroma. (Click here to view recipe.)

    2. Pumpkin spice granola

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      Pumpkin spice granola is a crunchy delicious granola and healthy one as well. This wonderful snack is flavored with pumpkin, spices, brown sugar and pumpkin seeds. You can treat yourself with this dish in all sorts of ways. You can have it right out of bowl, sprinkle it on yogurt or use it as topping over oatmeal. (Click here to view recipe.)

      3. Skinny pumpkin spice brownies

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        They have delicious pumpkin flavor and in spite of being delicious and sweet, are pretty low in calories. They don’t need oil and butter and have their own unique sweet-tooth satiating flavor and smoothness. They are not very hard to prepare as well, requiring very few ingredients. (Click here to view recipe.)

        4. Pumpkin and potato gratins with gruyere and sage

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          This particular recipe is perfect in all the cooler months. Potato gratins in themselves are great dish, containing lots of cream and cheese. Addition of pumpkin enriches the taste of the dish and makes it even better. (Click here to view recipe.)

          5. Nutella-covered pumpkin crepes

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            This dish is pretty simple and quick to make as well as delicious. Savory crepes are prepared by first preparing plain crepes and later stuffing them with additional ingredients. You can have various types of toppings and fillings in this dish. (Click here to view recipe.)

            6. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie overnight oats

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              Pumpkin chocolate-chip flavored cookie overnight oats are simple to prepare and don’t take much time to put together either. They are packed with protein, contain actual chocolate chips mixed in them and have great flavor of pumpkin. (Click here to view recipe.)

              7. Chocolate pumpkin Halloween cookies

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                This recipe is the perfect one for the occasion of Halloween. The cookies fit the occasion perfectly well with their black and orange color. They are wonderful to look at and delicious to eat as well. This wonderful treat doesn’t require many ingredients as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                8. Pumpkin brioche bread with chocolate swirl

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                  This is a pretty simple recipe to make. It’s filled with slushy chocolate and the only difficult part is in letting it rise for 2 hours. This large buttery bread is gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat. However, you have to be careful in not over mixing the dough ingredients.(Click here to view recipe.)

                  9. Cheesy butternut gratin

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                    Cheesy butternut gratin requires one small peeled butternut squash. Loaded with heavy cream, it tastes incredible. Salt and pepper make the taste tantalizing. Cheddar cheese and pine nuts leave that appealing aftertaste, which make you want this dish more. (Click here to view recipe.)

                    10. Vegan pumpkin spice baked doughnuts

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                      These doughnuts are healthy and appetizing but you’re susceptible to obesity with them as you’re likely to go on consuming them one after another. They are soft, moist and lovely, and full of pumpkins, further enhanced with a maple pumpkin spice finish. (Click here to view recipe.)

                      11. Boozy pumpkin pie milkshake

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                        This one is an incredible pie, which you can drink. You don’t have to spend more than an hour to bake it but you can have a pie to treat yourself after all. Each sip of this ice-cold dessert has a creamy and spicy texture, which will do wonders for your palate. (Click here to view recipe.)

                        12. Baked pumpkin doughnut holes

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                          Technically, these are mini muffins but they taste like doughnut holes. Baked and not fried, they are soft and have fiery pumpkin flavor, which tastes really nice. They are pretty easy to make and perfect way to treat friends and relatives, and of course yourselves during the fall. (Click here to view recipe.)

                          13. Whole wheat pumpkin pecan pancakes

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                            These delicious pancakes are made with white whole wheat flour, pumpkin spice and puree and pecans. Perfect as a breakfast dish, particularly if you are feeling lazy, these are must have dish during pumpkin seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

                            14. Pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta

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                              Pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta brings the grandeur of seafood with vegetables. Perfect as an appetizer, this dish contains smashed goat cheese, arugula, Italian vinaigrette salad dressing and Parmesan cheese. (Click here to view recipe.)

                              15. Pumpkin doughnut muffins

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                                Pumpkin doughnut muffins taste like cake doughnuts and have crusty outsides, formed by a coating of melted better. With tender insides of cake, coupled with sweet crunchy topping that melts in mouth, they are absolute delight. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                16. Baked pumpkin oatmeal cups

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                                  This pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe is one perfect and healthy recipe, containing chocolate chips and pumpkin pie spice. They are very easy to prepare and also quite easy to store. You should try these delicious treats, perfect for fall seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                  17. Pumpkin banana bread

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                                    Pumpkin banana breads are healthy breads and rather easy to make as well. They are very moist and look wonderful, when topped with pumpkin spiced cream cheese. They are basically the improvisation of banana nut bread recipe. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                    18. Pumpkin cannelloni with sage brown-butter sauce

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                                      This cannelloni recipe contains three different varieties of pumpkin, peeled ones, seeded ones and chopped ones. Containing grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and lasagna sheets, they are perfect recipe to please your kinsfolks. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                      19. Pumpkin scones

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                                        A major improvisation over actual scones, pumpkin scones taste terrific. They contain cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, providing them with fine smoothness and aroma. They also require unsalted butter, brown sugar and canned pumpkin puree.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                        20. Pull-apart cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread

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                                          You can prepare many great recipes, baking pumpkin. Pull-apart cinnamon sugar pumpkin breads are another on that list. The light yeasted dough gives one reminiscence of doughnut and it’s not that difficult to prepare as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                          21. Pumpkin no bake energy bites

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                                            This recipe can serve a lot of different purposes. They can be used as breakfasts, snacks and even desserts. They are rich in nutrients and very easy to make at homes. They are perfect way to enjoy fall seasons, full of pumpkins and fun.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                            22. Pumpkin tortellini

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                                              Pumpkin tortellini requires butternut squash filled pasta, mascarpone and heavy cream. This is a quite new recipe and full of nutrients. This recipe is a little difficult to prepare but is surely a delightful way to serve your appetite during dinner. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                              23. Sour cream pumpkin coffee cake

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                                                This wonderful coffeecake, with the layer of pumpkin and streusel glaze, may require a long list of ingredients. It requires whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, ginger, cloves and nutmegs amongst other ingredients. But it’s not actually that difficult to make. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                24. Pumpkin roll

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                                                  For the cake part of pumpkin roll, you need pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree while for the filling, you need cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar. This is a great recipe for season of pumpkins and looks very elegant as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                  25. Pumpkin torte

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                                                    This layered cake is beautiful to look at and has a buttery filling with a mild pumpkin aroma and a little spice. The finish is excellent with nuts and caramel topping and it doesn’t take very long time to prepare either. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                    26. Pumpkin fried rice

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                                                      Pumpkin fried rice is certain to brighten up any dinner table. It looks cute and is perfect for festive occasions. It’s better to look for small sugar pumpkins that are sweet and great for cooking and baking purposes instead of regular flavorless pumpkins. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                      27. Pumpkin cheesecake shooters

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                                                        Pumpkin cheesecake shooters are perfect to treat your folks. They contain chocolate graham crackers, fat cream cheese and canned pumpkin. Containing only natural ingredients, they are a dish you should try on seasons of pumpkin. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                        28. Pumpkin cheesecake crescent rolls

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                                                          These are impeccable breakfast for frosty mornings. They are very easy to make and exceptionally delicious to eat. They look wonderful as well, especially if you brush them with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                          29. Pumpkin French toast bake

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                                                            Traditional French toasts themselves are so good. But adding the goodness of pumpkin to that to make pumpkin French toast bake is an absolute delight. If you want the toast to soak up plenty of pumpkin, it would be better to make it the day before and bake it in the morning. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                            30. Pumpkin hazelnut flaugnarde

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                                                              This is a simple French custard like dessert, which is best when served warm. It is deliciously sweet, containing agave and toasted hazelnuts. A wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie, this is also a great way to end a Thanksgiving feast. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                              31. Cranberry pumpkin seed granola

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                                                                There are quite a few variations of dried fruits that work just fine for this recipe. However, green pumpkin seeds and red cranberries are used in the case of cranberry pumpkin seed granola. This is one wonderful treat to have during fall seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                32. Caramel pumpkin Italian cream cake

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                                                                  This is a slight modification over conventional Italian cream cake recipe and a really good one. This uses pumpkin and contains slightly salted caramel filling. The cake is moist and a perfect way to treat your people during Thanksgiving.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                  33. Pumpkin Nutella snack cake

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                                                                    Pumpkin Nutella bread is one fabulous treat, perfect for use as snack. They are very easy to prepare and store. They can be stored for long periods of time as well. Although targeted primarily as snack, they are just fine for use as desserts as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                                                    34. Pumpkin nut muffins

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                                                                      Fall is a perfect time for preparing muffins and pumpkin nut muffin is a great dish to spend your time and efforts for. They have abundance of pumpkin taste and are a great snack to have with a cup of tea or coffee. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                      35. Roasted pumpkin with shallots

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                                                                        This one is a pretty simple recipe to prepare and doesn’t look very appealing either. It’s not to say that it looks very bad. But in spite of appearing to be rather plain recipe, it’s perfect as a quick side dish. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                        36. Pumpkin quesadilla

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                                                                          Pumpkin quesadilla is a very light and delightful recipe. It doesn’t add up too many calories to your body. Yet, you won’t have the feeling of hunger for a very long time. It requires tortillas, pumpkin puree, shredded cheddar cheese and cumin and doesn’t take very long to prepare. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                          37. Roasted pumpkin and pomegranate salad with pumpkin seed oil vinaigrette

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                                                                            Requiring the preparing time of only 15 minutes and cooking time of 30 minutes, this is a recipe you should spend your time preparing. Preparing the vinaigrette part is slightly difficult but except for that, you won’t have much problems.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                            38. Pumpkin spice cream cheese

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                                                                              This is a great recipe for chilly weathers when the days are short. It brings the flavor of pumpkin cheesecake to your mornings. Giving you the feeling of having dessert for breakfast, this recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients to prepare either. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                              39. Pumpkin crescent rolls with honey butter

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                                                                                Pumpkin crescent rolls with honey butter won’t leave you empty for long periods. It needs canned pumpkin, ground cinnamon, whole wheat flour and butter to prepare. It’s a very good way to start your mornings. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                                40. Pumpkin walnut cheesecake

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                                                                                  A great dessert to have during Thanksgiving, this recipe is certainly delicious. The filling part requires cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon and ground cloves while topping is made of butter, brown sugar and walnuts. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                                                                  Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                                                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                                  Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                                                  Video Summary

                                                                                  Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                                                  There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                                                  This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                                                  Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                                                  In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                                                  One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                                                  There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                                                  By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                                                  When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                                                  Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                                                  In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                                                  What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                                                  What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                                    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                                    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                                    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                                    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                                    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                                    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                                    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                                      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                                      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                                      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                                        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                                        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                                          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                                          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                                          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                                          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                                          5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                                            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                                            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                                              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                                              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                                                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                                                How to hold a plank position

                                                                                                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                                                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                                                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                                                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                                                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                                                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                                                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                                                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                                                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                                                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                                                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                                                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                                                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                                                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                                                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                                                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                                                  • Prolapse
                                                                                                  • After prolapse surgery
                                                                                                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                                                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                                                  • Previous childbirth
                                                                                                  • Overweight

                                                                                                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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