PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Organic Pumpkin Pure
  • ½ cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Almond Butter
  • 1 cup Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Baking Sheet
  • Olive Oil Spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray baking sheet with olive oil spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine pumpkin puree and almond butter. Mix well.
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice, sea salt, pure maple syrup, vanilla, and chocolate chips (if desired). Mix until batter is a consistent paste.
  5. Place teaspoons of batter onto baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Servings vary

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MAPLE SUGAR ACORN SQUASH

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of Water
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ginger
  • 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • Glass Baking Dish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse squash, cut in half, and scoop seeds.
  3. Place face down in 1½ cups of water
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Combine butter, cinnamon, ginger, and pure maple syrup in a small bowl.
  6. Remove from oven, drain water, and flip squash.
  7. Pour combined ingredients into the center of each half, dividing them evenly.
  8. Bake 10 minutes.

2 Servings

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MEATLOAF CUPCAKES

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Ingredients:
•1 lb of Organic Lean Ground Turkey
•1tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb
•1 egg
•2 tbs of Red Onion
•¾ cup of grated Zucchini
•¼ cup grated Carrot
•2 tbs Parmesan Cheese
•2 tbs of Organic Ketchup

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grate zucchini and carrot, and set aside with chopped onion. *make sure zucchini has been dried with paper towel to absorb moisture.
3. In a bowl combine meat, egg, Mrs. Dash, parmesan cheese, and ketchup. Mix with hands.
4. Fold vegetables into meatloaf.
5. Spray cupcake pan with olive oil. * If this is for a party, you may prefer to use tin liners.
6. Spoon meatloaf into individual cupcake tins about ¾ of a way high.
7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Mashed Cauliflower Frosting
Ingredients:
•½ head Cauliflower
•Organic Non-fat Milk
•Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese
•Kosher Salt/Fresh Ground Pepper
•1 tbs of Butter with Olive Oil
•Garlic Powder

Directions:
1. Boil cauliflower until it falls apart when speared.
2. In a Magic Bullet or mini food processor combine cauliflower, a splash of non-fat milk, garlic powder, and 2 tbs of greek yogurt cream cheese.
3. Blend until a smooth “potato” paste forms.
4. Add salt and pepper (to taste)
5. Plop one tablespoon of mash on individual turkey meatloaf cupcakes. (If making these ahead of time or for meal prep, wait to add until just before consumption).

12 servings (2 cupcakes per serving)

 

MONDAY

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Mondays are one of my favorite days of the week (followed by Sundays in the fall of course…football, sunday dinner, walks). They promise forgiveness and a fresh start. They give us another chance to do more and be better. They often force us to step out of comfort zones and begin a new chapter. This week I am striving to stay close to whatever brings me the most happiness and letting go everything else. I for one needed some change in my exercise routine and diet.No matter how fit we are, every so often we need reminders of how good our body’s are at adapting. If we don’t switch up our routines, we not only see no progress, but we lose that rush. I’m extremely motived and anxious to see my body change. Never put a limit on your goals.

THE “FAST” DIET

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I apologize for this rant I am about to give, but the dietitian in me has to go off about this. I found this new 2 day/per week fasting diet published in Health Magazines September 2013 issue. First of all no one should ever be fasting to lose weight and a 500 calorie diet will do nothing for you but make your body think that you are starving, thus storing the food you do consume as fat and SLOWing your metabolism. Second, any diet that drastically restricts foods deprives your body of essential nutrients it needs making you moody, lethargic, and to put it bluntly, unhealthy. And third, of course you will lose weight if you deprive yourself, but the moment you can eat (the other 5 days of the week), your body will fight you to over consume to fill the depleted energy stores, and lets face it 90 percent of people will give in. This is an unhealthy, unrealistic approach to long-term weight loss. Skip the fad diets, eat healthy, and exercise.