3 minute Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

Okay, seriously everyone, this 3 Minute Pumpkin Pie in a Mug is my favorite recipe so far. It’s soooo good. Yum! I actually had to make one for each person, because everyone wanted some when they tasted it!

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
2 tablespoons oat flour or 3 tablespoons oats (oat flour is just ground oats, super easy if you have a blender!) 2 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend (or 2 packets stevia)
1 egg
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice – I actually didn’t have this, but I assume it would be easier, I used about 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp clove, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp baking powder

Mix it all together and microwave for 3 minutes (900 watt microwave). Add some whipped cream and enjoy this treat that seems like it should be bad for you, but is totally healthy!

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Have allergies? Try beans!

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Are you suffering from allergies or asthma?

Research from John Hopkins School of Medicine says that beans may be your answer! You could be low in folate and scientists examined the medical records of over 8,000 participants in a natural health and nutrition survey. They found that if you were low in the B vitamin folate you had a 40% more chance of wheezing and 31% more risk for allergies. People lacking folate had higher levels of immunoglobulin E antibodies, which is what your body makes when it detects a foreign invader such as an allergen. The more you create, the more likely you are to have allergies because it creates more histamines that cause allergy symptoms.

How can you get more folate into your diet? Eat some beans! Beans are an awesome source of folate. Eat them in chili, spread them on toast, have some lentil soup, make a bean dip out of pinto beans and hot sauce.

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A Meatless Monday Post: Quinoa and a simple granola recipe!

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Oh quinoa, how I love you! Seriously, I do. It’s amazing. I had never had it before March of this year and I didn’t know what I was missing out on! A personal trainer friend introduced it to me and I was a little afraid to try it at first, because it reminds me of couscous and I’m not really a fan of that. But I was like ok, I will give it a shot. Well, don’t you know, it tastes like nothing! Yep, that’s right, big fat nothing. It has the consistency of rice (though smaller), and tasteless, so I could add some hot sauce to it for a Chinese stir-fry type of deal, or I could put some honey and fruit in it and make it a breakfast.

The best part about it?! It’s a complete protein and contains all of the amino acids that red meat has and is also a good source of fiber! It’s closely related to the Spinach family which is probably why it’s so good for you. So go out and get yourself some quinoa and try it for yourself 😀 I find it in the rice section!

Here is a simple quinoa granola recipe for you, because who doesn’t like granola? Seriously? And you can add whatever fruits you want to make it even tastier.

Simple quinoa granola: 

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  •  1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup of dried fruit of your choice (tangerines, strawberries, cranberries, whatever sounds good to you!) 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (cinnamon helps your metabolism too by the way! It’s awesome for you)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey (honey helps with allergies, cool random fact)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or if you must, canola oil) 
  • 1/8 cup water 

Mix everything together and lay it flat on a greased baking pan, bake at 225 degrees for 60 minutes and voila, delicious homemade granola that is healthy for you and fantastic in a bowl of almond milk, on top of yogurt, or just straight from the pan! Even your kids will like it (at least my picky 4 year old did).

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Guys I know that losing weight is hard, seriously, I do. I’ve been on a journey to get this extra weight off for years. But this year I finally have, I’ve gone from a size 24 to a size 16/18 since March and I’m still losing weight!

{Meatless Monday} 3 Cheese Toasted Cheese

For the next few days I’m just trying to use whatever we have in the cupboards, so for Meatless Monday, we were debating between two choices, but ultimately decided with cheese, because well, we love cheese.

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So what goes in this lovely toasted cheese sandwich?

We used Italian Bread, because that’s what we had on hand, but you can use whatever kind of bread you enjoy.

2 Slices of Bread
2 Slices of Sergento Provolone-Mozzerella Cheese
1 Slice of White American (no yucky cheese dyes for us, please!)
1 tablespoon of A1 Steak Sauce – yes, this is a surprisingly delicious combo, trust me.

Put the cheese and A1 Sauce between the bread and you can either grill it on a panini press (we have this George Foreman grill/panini press combo) or you can heat up a pan and put a little bit of coconut oil in it and grill it on each side for about 2 minutes (or until cheese is melted and toast is browned) on medium heat.

Enjoy!

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I’ve lost 3 dress sizes and I’m getting my abs back – ask me how 🙂

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Level: Easy – How to Poach an Egg

Alright, so I’m a huge fan of Master Chef, because who isn’t? This past week their challenge was to poach an egg and make Eggs Benedict and they were having so many problems and not poaching eggs right (not to mention the hollandaise sauce, but we wont go there right now) and I’m like “that really doesn’t look that hard.” but I had never poached an egg, so what did I know, right? So I decided I was going to poach the egg myself and see how it worked. Yeah, it was super easy, I had no problems at all. So here are directions on how to poach an egg – easily.

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What you’ll need:
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vinegar
a cup/mug/measuring spoon to hold the egg
A slotted spoon

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Here are a few follower tips to make it even easier!
Use a small pot and shallow water, it helps the egg to stay together easier.

Bring a pot of water to an almost boil, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar, stir it around, then with a cup pour the egg into the pan. Use the spoon to keep the whites near the egg. Let it sit for 3-4 minutes and then use the slotted spoon to gently pick it up and allow the excess water to drain. Place on a piece of toast and enjoy! 🙂

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