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Guilt-free pumpkin muffins

Pumpkin season is here! Most of us see a pumpkin and think of all the fun ways we’d carve it, but the pumpkin is so much more than just a carving canvas. Did you know a cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A? Talk about good eyesight! There’s more – pumpkin seeds keep your heart healthy and they work as a great mood booster, but that’s not our favorite pumpkin fact. Our favorite pumpkin fact is this: Pumpkins help you lose weight! With three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.

You want some pumpkins now, don’t you? Don’t worry, we got you covered with this wonderfully delicious, guilt-free recipe for pumpkin muffins.

You will need:

1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raisins

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

1/4 cup canola oil

Got it? Let’s bake!

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 375. While the oven is heating up, coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

Place 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seeds in the bowl of a food processor with a metal blade or in a blender. Process until ground into powder. Add the raisins. Pulse several times until the raisins are chopped, then transfer to a large bowl.

Add the pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, then mix with a fork. In another bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, syrup, eggs and oil. Beat the mixture until smooth.

Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup of the pumpkin seeds. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups and scatter the remaining 1/4 cup seeds on top.

Oven time! Bake for 20 minutes and you’re done!

 

 

October 31, 2015
FOOD

5 foods that make you hungrier

Feeling hungry? What should you do…. what should you do… what should you… oh, right, you should EAT! Seems like a pretty simple equation, right? You’re hungry, food makes you less hungry, ergo, you should get food and stop being hungry. But there’s a catch (there always is, isn’t there?) – some foods will actually make you hungrier than you were before. What are they? We have the list – a list of foods you might want to avoid if you don’t want to overeat:

Juice

Juice

Have a nice juice box, it looks so yummy and it’s healthy… and sugary. Juices contain all the sugar of your favorite fruit, but none of the fiber-containing pulp or skin, which means drinking a glass of juice can shoot your blood sugar levels up—and then back down again. This little process will make you hungry.

Salty snacks

Pretzels

If you have a bag of chips, chances are you’ll crave something sweet very soon. Chips, pretzels, and salty snack mixes are little more than quick-digesting simple carbs, which can spur insulin highs and subsequent lows. Then your brain and taste buds link fast-acting energy with sweet foods, which turns into a craving for something sweet.

Fast food

hamburger with fries

We know, it tastes so good… but it will make you even hungrier. Your insulin gets high, you feel like you need even more food, plus there’s the whole dehydration issue – fast food contains a lot of salt, salt makes you dehydrated, and with symptoms that closely mimic those of hunger, it’s easy for dehydration to trick you into thinking you need to go back for seconds. Which you don’t. But you will.

Kids’ cereals

Loops

Cereal is great to start the day with, but not the sugary kind kids eat. Why not? Because they can cause blood sugar and insulin swings. Here’s the thing – your body is full of cortisol (stress hormone) in the morning, which means you have a lowered ability to metabolize ingested sugars. You blood sugar may be actually be high, but still not reach the tissues where it is needed, which leads to fatigue and hunger. Whole grain cereals are fine, though.

Pizza

Pizza

It’s the sad truth. If it’s made of white flour dough, hydrogenated oils, processed cheeses, and preservatives (like most pizzas in most pizza joints), then it can throw off your blood sugar levels, production of satiety hormones, and hunger-regulating regions of the brain. That’s why you can’t have just one slice.

October 19, 2015