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Healthy Protein Snack - Pumpkin Bites

When you think “pumpkin”, do you think autumn weather, holidays, and maybe Halloween? Okay, me too!

But, pumpkin can be a year-round part of your healthy eating. If you’re wondering how to incorporate pumpkin into your diet (other than pumpkin pie!), take a look at this recipe that I discovered awhile ago (because I'm kind of obsessed with it).   

The recipe is for Pumpkin Protein Bites: they are super-simple to make, and even better, they are high in protein. In one “bite”, you get about four grams of protein. I usually have 2 for a serving which makes a really nice snack.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to make, and the ingredients are really nice.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup Oats
1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/8 Cup Honey  (you can substitute Agave or Maple Syrup)
1/3 Cup Pumpkin
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Gingerbread Spice by Epicure (you can use Pumpkin Pie Spice)

Throw everything into a bowl.

Mix it all together.

Once you start blending it, it will get thick right away.

Once blended, roll about 1 Tbsp. of the dough into a little ball and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

When your baking sheet is full, put it in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Recipe makes approximately 12 little Pumpkin Protein Bites.

Serving Size = 2 as a snack.

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I think you will find that they are tasty, easy to make and best of all...they are healthy!

And an added bonus, pumpkin is great for your skin.

I’d love to hear what you think: Love it? Not so much? Have any other great suggestions for using pumpkin outside of holiday treats?

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Let's go bananas
Are you trying to cut out refined sugars? Or just looking for fun ways to get more fruit into your daily diet?
 
One of the sweetest treats you can choose is, of course, the banana!  I’ve got two ideas for you to help make them even more apPEELing.  (See what I did there?  :) 
 
Tip #1:  The Yonanas
 
The Yonanas actually convert bananas — particularly frozen bananas  (or frozen fruit of any kind)  — into a frozen yogurt-treat.  It happens instantly, and it’s dairy-free!
 
All you need to do is peel your bananas first and then freeze them.  
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Do you dare try the "Apple of Madness"? Absolutely!

No, I’m not asking you to take a bite of a poisoned fruit from a fairy tale.  Can you guess what was once known as the “Apple of Madness”?

It’s the eggplant!  (It got that unfortunate nickname long ago in Europe, all because the plant is in the nightshade family.  But it doesn’t actually make you crazy.)

I’d like to share the recipe for my infamous tagine that I carried through the mountains in Morocco.

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If any of you are wondering what a tagine actually is... this is it! 

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I was recently at a cooking class that was Moroccan-themed and there were some really nice recipes that were provided to us.  We made all kinds of Moroccan dishes and learned a lot.  It was so good!  

(If you happen to be in the Edmonton area, it was a place called Get Cooking.  You should check it out — tell Catherine that Angela sent you!)  

One of the dishes we made was Baba Ghanoush.

I was always under the impression that Baba Ghanoush was more of a creamy, sour cream-based dish, but it’s actually made with eggplant.

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