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Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

  • Pumpkin Hummus recipe

Has the fall season officially started if pumpkin isn’t involved? This recipe is not only tasty, it’s healthy as well. It is not overly pumpkiny, but has just enough to give it a faint cinnamon sweet flavor with a little heat from the cayenne. Hummus is already naturally gluten-free, vegan and nutritious.  And topping it off with pumpkin will enhance the flavors!

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste as desired
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to taste as desired
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender. Process or blend until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl or pitcher.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over the top and serve with raw veggies, chips and/or crackers. Also, wonderful as a topping for sweet potatoes, salads and wraps.

 

Happy Hummus Halloween!

Are Butter, Cheese and Steak Really Bad for You?

  • Are Butter, Cheese and Steak Really Bad for You?

For generations, dietary advice has been to avoid butter, cheese and steak because they have saturated fats which clog arteries. However, a new study has shown that there has never been clear evidence that these fats cause disease. Unfortunately, cutting way back on saturated fat has caused harmful consequences for women, such as increasing the risk of having a heart attack. Saturated fats are needed for certain critical bodily processes, and for many people, cutting back has resulted in replacement of those calories in the form of carbohydrate. This leads to a surge of higher blood-sugar-related consequences in our population.

 

In the end, it’s probably fine to eat butter, cheese and steak in moderation. And, it may even be dangerous to rid them from your diet altogether. The caveat to this is new discoveries in genetic and gastrointestinal medicine. Certain people may still have negative consequences from eating a lot of saturated fat or a lot of meat in their diets, depending on their genetic makeup and their microbiome (what types of bacteria are growing in the gut). It’s important to keep in mind, the safest thing to do is have the proper testing done in these areas with your doctor before embarking on a new type of diet. Just remember, moderation.

Acid Reflux? Try Going Vegetarian

  • Acid Reflux? Try Going Vegetarian

If you’ve fallen victim to acid reflux, you’re not alone. Although a majority of people “treat” this issue with over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions, studies have shown that these approaches are not as effective or as safe as thought. Here is how you can fix this:

  • Create a diet high in beans, vegetables and nuts, not pasta and bagels
  • You should aim to eat more plants and fewer processed foods
  • It’s important for people to make healthy changes for the long run
  • Any time you can avoid taking prescription drugs is a plus
  • Choose to have a healthier diet to see better results!

Enjoy those veggies!

How to Combat Wrinkles While You Sleep

  • Combat Wrinkles While You Sleep

Is your sleep aging you? The worst damage to your skin might be happening during non-waking hours. While getting enough sleep is imperative to stress-reduction, it’s key in minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

 

Here are some tips to make sure your sleep quality is working for you.

  1. Listen to your dentist, don’t grind your teeth.
  2. Sleep on your back to remove pressure on your face.
  3. Try a silk pillowcase to wake up creaseless and ease puffiness.
  4. Use a humidifier for glowing skin in the am.

Learn more here.

 

Get that beauty sleep!

A+ For Apricots

  • Apricots

What’s not to love about apricots? They’re sweet, they’re juicy, and they look and smell great. Like peaches, their pretty orange-yellow color provides a clue as to their nutrient content. They’re a good source of beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C and more. And while they’re on the sweet side, they’re a far cry from sugary breakfast cereals. From sweet to savory dishes, check them out in these apricot bars, apricot and basil pesto chicken, and apricot chicken tajine.

Learn more here.

They’re more than just a snack!

Detox Diet

  • Detox Diet

It’s time to forget your notion of what a cleanse is. Cleansing can be as easy as eating foods that help filter gunk out of your gut and drinking enough water to keep digestion in check so it releases unwanted toxins from your system. Here’s how.

  • Eat anti-inflammatory food, like whole foods packed with nutrients
  • Drink more of the right things, like water with lemon or green tea
  • Get moving, get out there and exercise
  • Eat smaller portions – and slowly
  • Get a good night’s sleep

Happy cleansing!

Forever Young Smoothie Bowl

  • Superfood Smoothie Bowl

The perfect healthy breakfast or quick and easy afternoon snack, this smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients that will keep you energized all day long. Enjoy!

 

Acai Bowl with Berries and Banana

Serves: 2

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 frozen banana (peel before you freeze it)

1/2 an avocado

1 tbsp. unsweetened acai powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 tbsp of walnuts crumbled on top

Fresh strawberries, for topping, optional

Granola, for topping, optional

 

Pop the berries, banana, avocado, acai powder, almond milk and chia seeds into the blender and mix everything up. You might need to give it a few pulses to get the right consistency. Then pour into two bowls and top walnuts. Add the strawberries and granola, if desired.

Summer Skin Safety

  • Summer Skin Safety

While it’s always sunny in San Diego, it’s important to be mindful of skin safety this Summer. Check out these tips for protecting your skin all year-round:

  • Most sunscreen SPF ratings are done with application of the cream twice as thick as most people put it on.  Go for at least SPF 30 to 50 to be on the safe side. By the time you rub it all the way in, the SPF will be half as much as the bottle says.
  • For the amount of sunscreen to use, think as much as a shot glass to cover the body.  And don’t forget sunscreen ratings assume you will re-apply every two hours and every hour if in the water or sweating.
  • The broadest UVA protection is offered by zinc oxide.  And NO, this is NOT the zinc oxide your dad used to wear on his nose making it white when you all went to the beach as kids.  Today’s zinc oxide, in the right product, is micronized or ultra-micronized such that it rubs in and you don’t see it at all.

Keep this in mind next time you’re having fun in the sun!

Rehydration Rules

  • Rehydration Rules

Not all fluids are created equal. It’s important to think about this when workouts leave you drenched or when it’s so hot outside your clothes cling to your body. If you don’t hydrate, your body and brain can suffer. During exercise, the average person should drink about two cups of water every 30 minutes to replace the fluids you’re losing. Research shows that milk is also an ideal recovery beverage, packed with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Drink up (if you’re not intolerant of dairy)!

This Beet Smoothie Has Anti-Aging Powers

  • Beet Smoothie Anti-Aging

The ingredient that has been having a moment on social media lately, beets are superfood stars for reasons beyond their brilliant appearance. The veggie is packed with important nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and more. Plus, they are known to detox the liver, and possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making them useful for anti-aging and skincare. Click here for an anti-aging beet smoothie recipe.

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