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Superfood Maca powder is derived from the Peruvian Maca root. Maca contains twenty amino acids, most importantly glucosinates (found in broccoli and cruciferous vegetables). This wonder powder should be a staple in everyone’s diet. Mostly known for it’s libido and fertility boosting abilities (for both male and female), this powder is also effective against menstrual cramps and hot flashes during and before menopause. Maca also helps to balance hormone levels and thus with mood swings, increases physical and mental energy and may even be responsible for decreasing skin sensitivity in extreme climates.

Maca powder looks similar to cinnamon and has a cocoa nutty taste. We recommend blending it into your morning smoothie, adding it to a acai bowl or mixing it in with tea. Just in time for Valentine’s day, try this dessert to get your love’s juices flowing!

Maca Love Jar

2 cups chocolate coconut milk

1 cup frozen pureed acai

1 frozen banana

¼ cup of cocoa nibs

2 tablespoons of Maca powder

Blend milk, fruit and maca together until creamy

Pour into two separate mason jars and place in the freezer for a few hours

Remove jars and top one side with cocoa nibs and the other side with coconut

Sick a straw in and enjoy !

Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween and during thanksgiving week, I am seeing them everywhere. If you’re like me and love pumpkin or bought so many for the Fall, that you feel like you are living in a pumpkin patch, then have no fear. Pumpkin can be used in a plethora of ways. Not only is this magical squash incredibly effective on the skin it is also delicious and can be incorporated into a many everyday recipes.

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Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and AHA which brighten, smooth and aid in cell turnover. High levels of vitamin A and vitamin C boost collagen and zinc helps with acne by controlling oil production. A DIY pumpkin mask is a perfect and easy way to try pumpkin on your skin. All you need is 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, tablespoon of honey and 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin(canned is fine-preferably organic). Mix together in a bowl and apply a thick coating to the face for 20 mins. rinse with warm water. Bring on the glow!

Eating pumpkin also proves to be very healthy as it contains very high levels of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Pumpkin Butter:

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

Directions:

Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Makes 3 3/4 cups.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Burgers:

for the patties:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or sweet potato puree)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder (or 2 garlic cloves)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup cooked and cooled brown rice

1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (or about 2 cups cooked black beans)

2 tbsp flaxmeal

about 1/3 cup oat flour

coconut oil to cook the patties

Combine the pumpkin, oil, spices, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth.  Add the brown rice, flax-meal, oat flour, and half of the beans and pulse until the mixture is thick and chunky (not smooth).  Add the rest of the beans and pulse a few times just to break them up.  The mixture should be tacky with some texture to it, not smooth.  Divide the mixture into 4 or 5 patties about 1/2 inch thick.  Place the patties in the freezer for no more than 5 minutes just to firm them up a bit.  Heat a thin layer of coconut oil in a skillet over medium.  Cook the patties for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until a golden crust forms.  Wrap and refrigerate (or freeze) leftovers.  Makes 4 or 5 patties.

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Whether you wear it or eat it pumpkin can be delicious, nutritious and beneficial for a holiday glow.

Written by Angela of Eat Spin Run Repeat

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Add some colour to your summer patio parties with this healthy appetizer!

Patio season is here, and along with that comes plenty of opportunities to dine al fresco. I don’t know about you, but I love entertaining and creating a menu is my favourite part of the preparation process. Since it’s summer, I tend to choose dishes that use plenty of fresh produce and are full of colour. Case in point:

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These shrimp cocktails are really easy to throw together, only require about 15 minutes of prep. Serve them in small cocktail glasses, or in a larger bowl that guests can dip into with nachos. Enjoy!

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Pico de Gallo Shrimp Cocktails

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Makes: 6 appetizer-sized servings

Ingredients

  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grated or finely minced ginger
  • 12 large raw shrimp, tails removed
  • 1/3 cup lime juice, divided
  • 1 cup seeded, diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup diced avocado
  • 1 cup mixed sweet bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and very finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • a few pinches of dried chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro, plus more to garnish

Instructions:

  • In a small non-stick skillet, heat the garlic, ginger and half of the lime juice for 1 minute on high. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until completely opaque. Remove from heat.
  • Chop all vegetables and combine in a bowl with the remaining lime juice, cumin, chili flakes, and cilantro. Toss to coat.
  • When the shrimp are cool enough to touch, chop them into small pieces. Mix into the bowl. Allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between cocktail cups and serve garnished with additional cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

Angela is an avid runner, fitness instructor, foodie, healthy living blogger, and owner of her business, Spin 360 Health Coaching. Having been overweight, unhappy and insecure as a teenager, Angela took control, changed her unhealthy habits, and adopted a clean eating lifestyle that she continues to maintain today. Her goal is to support, inspire, and motivate others to improve their health and be their best. You can learn more about her on her blog, Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat.com.

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