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Acorn Squash Challenge!

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Acorn squash is super high in potassium, Vitamin A & fiber. It makes for an amazing side dish and is awesome leftover. Just cut in half, scrape out seeds & coat with coconut oil & sea salt. (one below has brown sugar at Mr Bens request). Bake for 40 minutes at 375. I eat them cold with my lunch for the next 2 days. I challenge you to try acorn squash this week!!
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Spiced Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

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Fall is my favorite time of the year and pumpkin is one of my favorite veggies.  I found this recipe on Dr Oz’s website so I took the recipe and cleaned it up a bit.  They were a hit!!!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup coconut flour
2/3 cup gluten free oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground allspice
3/4 cup organic raw sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
Small handful of dairy free chocolate chips

Directions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 heavy large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and allspice. Stir to blend well. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, syrup and vanilla; whisk to blend. Using a flexible rubber spatula, gradually stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the raisins.

For each cookie, drop 1 generous tablespoon of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing the mounds about 1 inch apart (or use a mini ice cream scoop). Using moistened fingertips, flatten each to a 2-inch-diameter round. Sprinkle each cookie with a bit more raw sugar.

Bake the cookies until brown and a bit firm to the touch, 17 to 20 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry Sauce

12 oz Cranberries

1 cup Orange Juice

¼ cup raw Honey

1 tsp Ginger (fresh)

½ tsp Orange Zest

¼ cup Light Agave (or raw Sugar or Coconut Crystals)

pinch Cinnamon

*Optional: pieces of Orange

Mince the ginger and orange zest. Boil the orange juice, ginger and zest on high heat.

Once the liquid is boiling, add the cranberries. Reduce heat to medium (about a 4 on my stove) and cook uncovered for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cranberries have burst.

Remove from heat and add the agave, honey and cinnamon. Stir and set aside to cool. Once the cranberry sauce reaches room temperature, cover and refrigerate. Can be done several days in advance.

This is AMAZING on turkey, chicken or even steak. LOVE these fall / Thanksgiving recipes!!!! ENJOY!

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Fall is coming, schedules are changing…make time for YOU!!!

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PUMPKIN Pancakes!!

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
YIELD: Approximately 8 small pancakes or 2 servings.

INGREDIENTS:
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used organic canned)
1-2 tbsps coconut flour
2 tbsps coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsps honey (optional)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Preparation

  • Whisk the eggs, canned pumpkin, pure vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup together. Sift the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and baking soda into the wet ingredients.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, mix the butter into the batter.
  • Grease the skillet and spoon the batter into the skillet to make pancakes of your desired size. When a few bubbles appear, flip the pancakes once to finish cooking.
  • Serve with grass-fed butter and cinnamon or sliced bananas.

Change it up

  • Instead of adding honey to sweeten this recipe, try adding a mashed, whole ripe banana to the mixture. If you add a banana, the yield will increase.

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A Welcomed Change

With daylight becoming less and less, cooler temperatures creeping in, and
the calendar quickly filling up with social gatherings and holidays, exercise is
often the first on the list to be cut. The change of seasons also brings other
potential challenges, as some struggle with motivation during darker months,
dislike being outside in cold weather, or find any change to be just plain
uncomfortable or unpleasant in general.

If you can relate to, (or have experienced), any of the above sentiments,
let this instead be a fun and exciting time of exploration! Instead of fearing
or resisting having to adjust your exercise routine, think of what else you can
add to it! What physical activity or exercise can you do now that was forgotten
or neglected during the warm summer months? What is something new that you
always wanted to try out this past summer, but failed to do because you spent
your time at the beach instead? What is something outdoors, physical, and fun
that you can share with your family and friends when they visit you during the
holidays?

There is so much to be gained from switching up your routine match the
season, your schedule, and your preferences, as winter draws near. As an
example, I just moved back home to Washington state. Here, in the fall and
winter months, cyclo-cross, mountain biking, trail running, and all types of
skiing become the preferred choices of many. During the summer, it’s the season
for open water swim events, road racing, triathlons and boating, but come autumn and winter, people are just as excited and eager to participate in the
activities mentioned above. Last night, I went out and explored a new trail
myself (pictured) and found so much raw beauty, excitement, and enjoyment that I would not have  discovered, had I been resistant to change and altering my
routine.Let this be a friendly reminder, that change can be a blessing in disguise,
embracing the seasons can lead us to new discoveries, (be it in nature, our
relationships, or ourselves), and ’tis the season for health, wellness and
happiness 🙂

Cheers,
Laura Coombs

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Fall is Here & Apples are in Season!!!

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Amy’s Apple Crisp

5-7 apples, peeled (I left a few strips of peel)
Lots of Cinnamon
2 tbsps organic raw sugar
3/4 cup almond flour OR make your own (I used 3/4 cup raw almonds & blended them for 30 sec to make my flour)
1 egg

Peel apples & put them in the bottom of your pie dish.  Sprinkle with lots of cinnamon & 1 tbsp sugar.  Mix with your hands.  Blend your flour & put into a bowl w/ egg, cinnamon & 1 tbsp sugar.  Whip with a fork.  Mash the almond mixture onto the top of your apples.  Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees.

Serve warm – YUM!!!

If you are lucky enough to live on the Central Coast like we do go up to Gopher Glen (up See Canyon Rd) to buy your apples.  They have a TON of different apples you can try and really good prices.  Super fun way to get apples!  Kids will love it too 🙂

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