Instead of loading on ranch dressing on your dinner salad tonight, make your own! It's an easy way to control your caloric intake while adding a fun taste to your greens. It’s an easy way to monitor your caloric intake; You control what goes in your salad and your body.
1. Pick your oil.
2. Pick your acid (vinegar, lemon, lime, etc.),
3. Pick your flavoring (herbs, garlic, or fruits).
4. Mix together until smooth and pour over your salad.
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It’s officially pumpkin season!
Nothing spruces up a recipe better than the flavor of pumpkin. Did you know that pumpkin puree is low in calories and fat, not to mention it also contains vitamins and antioxidants? You will be in heaven with this recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes. They are full of great flavor, and super moist. Top these cakes with your favorite hot maple syrup, pecans, or a dollop of butter.
1 cup all-purpose gluten-free baking flour
1 cup almond milk
¾ cup pureed pumpkin
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Mix together the egg, sugar and vanilla until foamy. Add melted butter and pureed pumpkin and combine well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine gluten-free flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder and the spices. Add the combined dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture.
3. Add milk and stir until the batter is smooth.
4. Heat a frying pan and use a 1/3 measuring cup to pour the batter on the heated frying pan. Once the top of the pancake starts to bubble, flip the pancake and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully.
5. Serve warm with maple syrup or your desired topping, enjoy!
Summer is winding down, and that means it’s time for back to school! With the change of season also comes change in routine; you might find yourself with less free time due to busy schedules. Cooling temperatures can also make it hard to convince yourself to get out of the house to work out. Don’t worry! Sticking to your fitness goals in the fall is easier than you think. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tricks to stay on track during this back to school season!
Snack around the clock – While it might sound counterintuitive, eating small snacks throughout the day is actually better for your body. It keeps your metabolism running and it helps you avoid overeating. Mini-meals are also much more convenient on those days when you can’t even find time to sit down and breathe, let alone eat a full meal!
Work out efficiently – Less free time in your day unfortunately means less time to work out. However, a lack of time doesn’t equal a lack of effectiveness when it comes to your workout! Choose activities like Tabata training or HIIT that allow you to get your heart rate up in a short amount of time.
Menu planning – Plan out your menu for the entire week, and decide on which days you want to cook meals. Choosing 2-3 meals for the week and spacing them out every few days will make it easy for you to serve healthy meals every night!
Become a morning person – Learn to love the mornings (if you don’t already)! Getting up even 30 minutes earlier allows you to get a quick workout in before the craziness of your day sets in.
Turn TV time into exercise time – If you find that your need for relaxation at the end of a long day is fighting with your desire to work out, combine them! Create a TV show workout that consists of doing exercises every time a certain event happens in the show. Not hooked on one show at the moment? Use commercial breaks to fit in small intervals of strength training!
Whatever your schedule is this fall just remember: you can do it!!