Tastes Like Apple Pie, but Isn’t!

I can’t believe it’s not Apple Pie!

Yeah, ok, so maybe these are not pie- look-a-likes, but they just might give you a more adventurous Winter. If you are like me and you can do some serious damage to an apple pie, but get bored easily, here’s some alternatives. Apple-Pie-Smoothie

http://www.chow.com/food-news/155940/new-ways-to-enjoy-apple-pie

Avoiding Hitting the Wall : Staying Driven

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So, in the midst of releasing my second fitness iBook, and starting my second novel, I have also picked up learning mobile development. Taking on the challenge to learn both Objective-C and Swift is no small or humble task; it can be hellish. So, you would suspect my focus on my own fitness to falter. In a strange way, staying this busy actually reminds me to hit the gym.

Crazy talk! How can that be!? Everyone knows you cannot workout at a gym when you’re in school and/or working full time. Well, I do it. Anyone can do it. It just takes one thing. This is important. One word: DRIVE.

Eating right, and remembering to sleep is sometimes difficult when your mind is swarming with UI Viewcontrollers, Extrapolations, JSON, and the like; ( and we won’t even go into all the stuff I’m learning in my Torts course for my legal studies!) but somehow, someway, it works. I have found that working out keeps my sleep more regular, whether I like it or not, and this keeps my physical condition top notch. It also keeps me hungry. Everyone knows studying rigorously can kill the appetite. Without question. Working out keeps this in check, as well.

Yes, it seems all is well. I am knocking out Torts with straight A’s, catching integers and variables like a pro in xCode, while maintaining a productive routine in the weight room. Still, there is that old age risk of hitting THE WALL. Hitting the peak. Its scary. My key to avoiding this horrible crash is to walk my dog throughout the day, and step away from everything for 30 minutes at a time. It does wonders.

And so, my food is about done, and I’m ready for the day. The adventure continues!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Curry — Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn

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I go back and forth on what I think is the most useful piece of equipment in my kitchen. My cast iron skillet is always high on the list, as is a good Dutch oven.

But these days, as it gets colder, I think my slow cooker is definitely in the top spot. When you realize that you can make wonderful dishes like this vegan pumpkin curry while you are gone, it’s easy to see why the slow cooker is #1.

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Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

Originally posted on Professionally Fit:

So it’s October, that means pumpkin seeds, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, and pumpkin pie GALORE!

Personally, I LOVE Pumpkin! My guilty pleasure in the fall is Dunkin Donut’s massive Pumpkin Muffins. 500 calories of pure pumpkin joy!

But what if there was a way to enjoy that same pumpkin-y deliciousness without the guilt?

Good news for you– there IS! AND, in fact, it’s HEALTHY. So healthy we might even say its the “Healthiest Meal of the Day.”

Why is that? Because the recipe I’m about to share with you is made with SHAKEOLOGY!IMG_1938

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Shakeology– it is BeachBody’s Superfood Nutrition Shake. It comes in a variety of different flavors and is always packed with some of the healthiest ingredients from around the world. Shakeology, when drunken daily, can actually aid in weight loss, lower cholesteral, increase energy, and much more!

Shakeology not only has…

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Pumpkin Recipe for a NEW Thanksgiving !

Tired of the same old Thanksgiving routine? Here’s a shot of new. Pumpkin Tiramisu. Take the pumpkin pie desert to a new level. So good, even the pumpkin pie haters will love it!

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Remember, awesome holiday meals DO NOT have to be the enemy to our fitness goals! You just have to put a little twist on it. Enjoy, this is awesome.

Homemade Almond Milk

Originally posted on yoggi's way:

Ingredients

  • almond milk 51 Cup of Almonds (soaked in cold water over night)
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sweetener (optional)

 Here’s what to do:

  • Soak the almonds over night or for 8 hours.
  • Rinse the almonds and throw away the water.
  • Place almonds in blender and add 3 cups of cold water. Blend until you get a white “milky” solution.
  • almond milk 3Using a cheese-cloth, strain the milk (I used the instrument on the picture, this is what we use in Venezuela to filter coffee..it works just fine!); place cloth over a deep bowl and pour the almond milk; the liquid should go through and the cloth should retain the leftover shredded almonds. Squeeze out as much milk as possible.
  • Place in sealed container and refrigerate!

With the leftover shredded almonds you can make Almond Flour:

  • Place the shredded almonds in the oven at 180 C for about 20 minutes, until dry and toasted.

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Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Italian Buffalo Sausage Stuffed Pasta Shells

Originally posted on My Meals are on Wheels:

This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is Italian Buffalo Sausage Stuffed Pasta Shells. Healthy Italian cooking using Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage. Another delicious one from Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo! http://wildideabuffalo.com/

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Italian Buffalo Sausage Stuffed Pasta Shells with Paprika Cream (serves 6)

This dish can be made ahead and heated in the oven for entertaining ease. The ingredients may have you think that it is a heavy, filling, dish, but the mild cheese flavors married with the grass-fed, artisan Buffalo Italian Sausage, touched with a drizzle of the slightly spicy cream, is really quite elegant. You’ll be wanting one more bite, even after you think you have had enough. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 – 1 lb. package Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage
1 – tablespoon olive oil
½ – onion (about ½ cup), finely diced
2 – garlic cloves, minced

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