Happy Halloween! Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Halloween!

How more fitting to celebrate this super fun day then to make recipes full of pumpkins!

I absolutely LOVE pumpkins! From pie, to smoothies, to pancakes and even lattes…..I’ve been whipping up pumpkin recipes like no tomorrow!

I think I may have to stock pile cans of organic pumpkin puree just so I can continue to make delicious recipes this season!

This smoothie recipe have become a staple in my morning routine. Delicious, easy to make and nourishing!

Pumpkin is incredibly rich in beta carotene – a super nutrient that converts to vitamin A. This incredible vitamin helps boost your immune system, is heart protective and is essential for eye health.

In just 1 cup of pureed pumpkin (organic of course!), you get a whooping 7 grams of fibre and 3 grams of protein. Plus, its really low cal (if you’re into that whole calorie counting thing….me…not so much!). This makes it a perfect addition to your morning smoothies! Protein + fibre = a happy and full tummy!

I’ve added some extra key ingredients to my pumpkin smoothie, such as additional protein for the extra fullness factor, immune support and beautiful lean muscle building benefits. Can’t go wrong with a little extra protein! 🙂

Some extra fruit and blood sugar balancing cinnamon gave this smoothie the perfect sweetness!

 

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Also, take a look at the pumpkins we carved this year! Every year my boyfriend and I get together with his sisters and we have a pumpkin carving contest! I won this year! Yay! I carved BANE (villain from Batman) and it was a winner! Thought he would make the perfect Halloween Villain!

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Happy Carving!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha

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MOVEMBER Recipe! Protect Your Prostate with Antioxidant Rich MushroomTomato Sauce!

Movember is quickly coming to an end! With all the hype around prostate health I thought I would post a super delicious prostate protective tomato sauce! Now…I say hype only because we shouldn’t limit the prevention of prostate health to November. Whether it be breast cancer awareness month or prostate cancer awareness month, we should all be proactive about eating well, exercising and nourishing our bodies DAILY to avoid and prevent all disease.

This delicious immune boosting, antioxidant rich tomato sauce is chalk full of nutrients that protect and support your whole body! Let’s break down the goodness of this delicious recipe…..

TOMATOES – loaded with LYCOPENE, a carotenoid that is present in ‘red’ fruits and vegetables. A high intake of lycopene has been associated with a low risk of prostate cancer. Men with prostate cancer have ben shown to have low levels of this nutrient in their bodies. Lycopene has been shown to lower PSA scores and slow tumor growth. Studies show cooking tomatoes with a little olive oil is best for getting higher levels of lycopene.

GREENS – particularly kale, swiss chard, red chard and all other ‘bitter’ greens, contain the highest amount of VITAMIN C compared to most other greens. Studies show that men with higher dietary intake of vitamin C have greater odds of survival if diagnosed with prostate cancer. Higher blood levels of vitamin C= lower chances of getting cancer in the first place!!

MUSHROOMS – crimini, shiitake, maitake all contain BETA GLUCANS that are natural immune stimulants with anticancer, antiviral and antibacterial benefits. Crimini mushrooms, used in my tomato sauce recipe also contain high amounts of SELENIUM. This amazing antioxidant helps combat oxidative damage to cells and studies show that men with higher levels of selenium have lower chances of getting prostate cancer.

ONIONS & GARLIC – both contain anti inflammatory properties, antibacterial properties and high amounts of antioxidants.

FRESH HERBSRosemary contains substances helpful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds and has been shown to increase blood flow to the head and brain, improving concentration. Basil is a great source of vitamin A, iron, calcium, and a good source of potassium and vitamin C. All important nutrients to support immunity and overall health.

Prostate Protective Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
1 can diced organic tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
5-6 crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch rainbow chard and/or kale or swiss chard
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
extra virgin olive oil
chilli flakes
black pepper
sea salt

Directions
Sauté onion in 1-2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Once onion has slightly softened, add garlic and mushrooms, sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes, cooking at low heat. Season with sea salt, pepper and oregano. Cook until most of the liquid (water from tomatoes) has evaporated (about 12-15 minutes). Add in rosemary, chard and top with lid to lightly ‘steam’ and wilt the chard. Remove lid after 4-5 minutes and sprinkle with fresh basil and chilli flakes. Feel free to add any additional herbs/seasonings.

Serve this tomato sauce on top of quinoa pasta or brown rice. This sauce is perfect on top of fresh grilled chicken, fish or grilled tofu and tempeh. Vegetarian or not, you can make this recipe work for you! ENJOY!!

Happy Tuesday!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

 

 

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