Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

Healthy, Wholesome Gingerbread Muffins

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

The smell of these muffins baking just fills your world with warmth!  I have some in the oven right now to take to a small holiday get-together tonight.  I like that they’re made with the wholesomeness of whole grain spelt and pumpkin–you get a healthy dose of fiber and nutrition, plus the molasses gives you a bit of iron too.
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Progress Report~Fall 2015

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Progress Report Fall 2015B+ you say?  What?
Well I kind of expected it.

 

Life stuff over the summer caused some stress and a wavering in focus on our exercise program and even some on our diet.  And there’s the irony! Because when motivation suffers, we all know that exercise and eating well are the best things you can do to combat the blues and stressful life stuff!

We haven’t been terrible.. we didn’t completely fall off the wagon and abandon our healthy focus.  Still plant-based, mostly whole foods, avoiding sugar and so on, but too often our dinner meals were getting skimpy on the greens for example.IMG_20150422_140836

And the gym..  well.. sometimes talking about the stress stuff, or computer time on Bill’s photography passion gobbled up the day before we knew it and we’d miss the gym.  So we didn’t always get the cardio time we know we need.   And this seemed to lead 20150914_215036to staying up too late, a little too much late-night popcorn (no butter of course), along with broken sleep and wakefulness in the night.  So things have not been going as well as they had been.  Our daily routine just plain got out of whack. Continue reading Progress Report~Fall 2015

SPELT-BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

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“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.”  
~Kathleen Flinn in “Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good”

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Our Thanksgiving holiday travel plans got cancelled at the last minute, so we spent a quiet Thanksgiving Day together at home.  As most of you know, we stopped eating meat and Thanksgiving butterbeans fixitplanpoultry after Bill’s event (and we avoid common wheat as well) so our holiday meal is a bit nontraditional anyway.  Yet the feast with the family is always wonderfully bountiful with an abundance of vegetables and Uncle Ernest’s famous homegrown butter beans!

Suddenly unprepared to put together the usual Thanksgiving fare (sans the turkey and stuffing), I used this unexpected change of plans to test this recipe and we were not disappointed!   Our nontraditional Thanksgiving meal magically became a heaping plate of blueberry pancakes Continue reading SPELT-BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

Book Review~The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up

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It’s good to re-fuel with a fresh dose of motivation and guidance, and with that in mind I want to tell you about Steven Masley, MD’s “The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up”. I talked about it in an earlier post and linked to it on the Fix It! Plan Book Review The 30-Day Heart Tune-UpBooks & Links page, and (ta-da!) I’ve just finished reading it cover to cover.

Masley sums up the book’s purpose quite nicely in the very beginning: “What is the 30-Day Heart Tune-up? It’s all about shrinking arterial plaque, improving circulation, and strengthening your heart-beat.”

An important message I got from this book is that medicine may help us live longer, but it doesn’t stop the underlying cause of elevated blood pressure or cholesterol that leads to being prescribed medication in the first place.  So if we rely on medications alone, our bodies will very likely still be forming deadly arterial plaque. Continue reading Book Review~The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

 

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I love this stuff!  So easy to throw together, simple and delicious.  My friend Holly and I whipped this up during our recent visit to her house and we all eagerly devoured it.  She discovers the best recipes! … (including the Vegetarian Quinoa Chili here on the blog.)

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It tastes so fresh and summery with the crisp, cool cucumber and sweet, tangy orange. Black beans provide protein and heart healthy fiber, magnesium and potassium, plus a variety of healthy phytonutrients.  And creamy, buttery avocado contributes beneficial, heart healthy fats. Continue reading Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip