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Pumpkin "Ice Cream"

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Pumpkin "Ice Cream"

Now that we are in the holiday season, sugar cravings are high.  Instead of breaking out the Christmas cookies early, use up the last of your Thanksgiving pie ingredients with this magically creamy pumpkin ice cream.  This delicious, guilt free, holiday dessert is vegan and very low in sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

2 Frozen bananas (break into pieces before freezing.)

3 TBS Pumpkin Puree

Few splashes of Vanilla Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Or Cow Milk. (just enough to create a creamy consistency)

1/4tsp Ground Cinnamon & 1/4tsp Ground Clove (or substitute both cinnamon and clove with 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie mix. )

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1 Tsp honey or maple syrup

2 Tsp. toasted pecans to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Add the frozen bananas to a food processor or heavy duty blender.

Pulse a few times to break them up, then add the milk and blend until smooth (you may need more or less depending on the consistency your looking for.)

Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend slowly until it is mixed.

Dish up into ice cream bowls and serve immediately!

The Skinny

Having less sugar in you diet will improve your immune system, control your food cravings and promote healthy skin. Did you know that just one teaspoon of sugar, inhibits your immune system for 12 hrs?! If your someone who craves sweets, find creative ways around the habit.  When those cravings kick in, satiate the body with good fats instead.  Pumpkin "ice cream", apples with cinnamon, or 1 Tbs of almond butter are all good choices....

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Fatty Boo-Bat-ies: Tips for a Healthy Halloween

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Fatty Boo-Bat-ies: Tips for a Healthy Halloween

For both kids and adults Halloween is the gateway into the holiday eating season. It marks the beginning of the many celebrations to come, and with it our hard earned health and weight loss goes out the window.  Many of our holiday festivities are centered around eating which is arguable the best and worst of traditions.  Halloween in particular, sabotages our weight because of the high amounts of sugar we consume.  And as much as I love a tiny witch knocking on my door, I can't help but feel that I am working against my own values when I stock their buckets (and my own pantry) with sweets. Now I don't want to be the house on the block known for giving out weird kale treats (or do I..?), but I do think there are healthier options for our trick-or-treaters. Here are a few ideas to help you and your neighbors be a little less sugar crazed.

    • If you have kids of your own, try to keep the focus on the spirit of Halloween. Play dress up and make creative costumes, carve pumpkins, decorate your house and yard, play games, build a haunted house, tell ghost stories, and have parties with friends.
    • Don't over buy trick-or-treat candy! Running out is okay, I promise.  Every house on the block (including your own) will have more candy then they know what to do with. And that extra Halloween candy that is enticingly left out on the counter, will undoubtedly sabotage your health plans.
    • Give toys: false teeth, temporary tattoos, stickers, bouncy balls, plastic spiders and rats, Halloween pencils and erasers, hair clips, and bracelets.
    • Offer healthier treats: instant coco mix, graham cracker cookies, 100% juice boxes, fruit leather, air-popped popcorn packs, box raisins, natural fruit snacks, and trail mix.
    • If you do buy candy opt for the smaller versions: Hershey's kisses, tootsie rolls, etc.
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The "Good Girl Scout" Cookie

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The "Good Girl Scout" Cookie

These little balls of goodness were first introduced to me by a colleague at Bauman Collage.  On our final day of class she brought them in as gift and I reacted like a feign.  First a nibble, then a whole ball, then counting out my coco balls to be sure I had enough, followed my months of freezing/ rationing the rest.  You get the picture. You see, these totally raw, vegan balls struck a nostalgic cord from my girl-scout days past. They remind me of a Samoa cookie- but with all the right stuff. Make them, share them, freeze them and enjoy them without even a drop of girl scout induced guilt.

The Good Girl Scout INGREDIENTS coconut oil coconut flakes

equal parts dried dates dried Turkish apricots (not the bright orange ones) coconut butter

DIRECTIONS 1. Remove pits from the dates and cut dried fruit into rough pieces to make it easier for the food processor. 2. Mix dates, apricots and coconut butter then blend in a food processor in batches until evenly mixed and it looks darker and wet from the oils in the coconut butter. 3. Roll into small balls. Depending on the stickiness of your batch you may need to pack them together more than roll. Sometime batches are crumblier than others. 4. Store in the fridge for a couple hours to solidify. 5. Melt coconut oil and pour into a small dish like a measuring cup. Pour coconut flakes into another slightly larger small bowl. 6. Dip each date ball into the coconut oil then roll it in the coconut flakes. 7. I place them on wax paper as a go to allow the coconut oil time to solidify then store in the fridge again to harden.

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