Disclaimer: Don't worry, I am not wishing summer away, but sometimes we need the taste of fall to warm the soul.
Tune into what your body is craving, sometimes it isn't really what you think. Pumpkin for instance is a superfood, it is high in vitamin A and C which can help to boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well. Perhaps when I began craving pumpkin it was my body attempting to fight something off, like a cold of some sort. Other examples of cravings such as, red meat, could mean that you need more iron in your diet. Healthier options to help subside those cravings and obtain that iron your body is potentially needing are, legumes, pumpkin seeds, turkey, quinoa and spinach (if you thrive eating red meat, then by all means go for it, but keep quality & quantity in mind). Chocolate cravings could mean that you are genuinely hungry. Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar, perhaps try eating a healthier snack like fresh fruit or homemade granola to help with those cravings and aid that hunger.
Your body is communicating with you all day everyday, it tells you what it needs to thrive! Before giving into those fried food cravings, think about what your body is actually trying to tell you. Are you dehydrated?
Below I've included a delicious breakfast muffin recipe that helps with my sweets cravings, but is also packed with nutrients! These muffins are great for breakfast or a healthy mid-day snack, enjoy!
Gather your ingredients:
15.5 oz. 100% Pumpkin Puree
1/3 c. Organic Melted Coconut Oil (apple sauce is also an option)
1/2 c. Original Unsweetened Almond Milk
3/4 c. Organic Brown Sugar
1 3/4 c. Organic Whole Grain Millet Flour (good for baking as it has a sweeter taste)
1 tbsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Pumpkin Spice Seasoning (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
1/4 c. Unsweetened Original Craisins (organic if you can find them)
1/4 c. Crushed Walnuts (I bet pecans would be good too)
2 tbsp. Organic Flax Meal (I usually buy Bob's Red Mill)
Step by Step:
Pre-heat oven for 375 degrees F
Whisk together wet ingredients
Sift together dry ingredients (don't skip this)
Slowly incorporate dry ingredients with the wet ingredients
Lightly grease muffin tin (you could use a cake pan, but I've honestly never tried it)
Fill muffin tin with the batter about 3/4 of the way
Bake for 24 minutes (I prefer them dense and doughy, if you aren't the doughy type, keep an eye on them and cook for a few extra minutes)
Note: If you prefer sweeter muffins you could add a little more brown sugar. I also sprinkled pumpkin seeds on top of mine, so freaking good.
Create good intentions for yourself & remember to breathe deep, you are worthy.
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