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Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

It is time to bust out the PUMPKIN RECIPES! I was starting to think how I haven’t had pumpkin Shakeology yet this year but as I was making it, I started wondering what container pumpkin actually counts as? So as I was searching for the answer, I found a video that Autumn Calabrese made that explained the containers for pumpkin and I wanted to share that with you. You can watch that video here.

When you eat pumpkin in cubes, that counts as a green container. It would be a vegetable. But if you were to buy the pureed pumpkin, it actually counts as a purple. I get the kind that is all-natural with no preservatives – literally the only ingredient in the can is pumpkin!!

Why does it count this way? Autumn said that when you have a pumpkin and its cubed up, it fits less in the container because there are big chunks and there is space between them. When it’s pureed and it’s more of a liquid consistency, you can fit more into the container and it’s more nutrient-dense, so you use a smaller container. This also explains why peanuts and peanut butter aren’t measured in the same containers – peanuts are an orange and peanut butter is a spoon.

If you followed me way back when, you know I’ve always spoken to the high heavens about how much I love Shakeology and what it does for me. I love pumpkin everything and I remember when I started my transformation that I was OBSESSED with pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. I literally got them three times a week! I never looked at the sugar content or the calories because I just didn’t care. As I got older and had children and my body chemistry changed, I had to start thinking about what I was eating and drinking because it would stick to me and the weight wouldn’t come off as fast.

So I started to look up the nutrition facts of what was in a pumpkin spice latte, and it will literally BLOW YOUR MIND when you see how much crap is in ONE drink from Starbucks. And not even the venti, it’s in the tall or the grande!! As much as I loved them, I had to get rid of my sugar cravings and I wanted to change more than I wanted to stay the same. I decided, as sad as it was, that I was going to throw in the towel on pumpkin spice lattes.

I went looking for alternatives and I found this recipe that I’ve been making for six years! I usually make it with chocolate Shakeology, but the Vegan Vanilla is my new love lately so I decided to try it out with this recipe. Is it the same as drinking a pumpkin spice latte? Definitely not. But this recipe has sweetness, it’s good for you, and as you’re drinking it you know you are not ruining your progress. To me, that makes it worth it!!!

I know some of you just won’t be able to give up your pumpkin spice lattes, and that’s okay!! We all have different priorities. For me, the more I feed my sugar demons, the harder it is for me to conquer them. So I’ve found that this pumpkin Shakeology gives me a good meal, it staves off my cravings for a few hours, it builds up my immune system, and I get that sweet pumpkin flavor.

So to all you sugar addicts out there – we can get through this together!!!

Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread

I always enjoy Jamie Eason’s Protein Bar recipes!  So this week I decided to give this one a try because I love cinnamon and I really needed to switch things up a bit!  So this is now my afternoon or morning snack with my cup of tea!  Guilt free and complete because it has my complex carb and my protein in one meal!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!

Chocolate Shakeology Yogurt Treat

Sweet Treats!  Who doesn’t love a sweet treat every once in awhile!  But seriously we don’t want to sabotage our hard work either.  So this morning a fellow coach posted this amazing recipe for Shakeology yogurt!

I made it for my kids and they loved it!  Seriously if you need something creamy and sweet like ice cream reach for this dessert and save yourself the calories!!!  Plus it will keep you full because Greek yogurt is high in protein and the Shakeology gives you nutrition plus berries have lots of antioxidants and it’s an all around good snack!

Pumpkin No-Bake Power Bites

I found this recipe while surfing some new clean eating sites and it just might be one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted!  I love fall and I love oatmeal and these little bites are just the ticket to a clean healthy snack!!!  I’m in heaven!  Now, to not eat them all in one sitting!

Baked Apples

This time of year we sometimes just want something warm and comforting!  Especially when apple pies and pumpkin pie is everywhere!!!  This is the perfect time to bust out this easy recipe!!!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Believe it or not my healthy cookie recipe actually only has 3 tablespoons of sugar (but they still taste sweet!) The rest of the sweetness comes from all-natural dried apricots. By the way, sometimes I’ll use prunes as a sweetener but because I wanted the peanut butter cookies to look like “regular” colored peanut butter cookies I decided to use sun-colored dried apricots instead of purplish-brown prunes.

Dried apricots are a favorite “health food” among the natural food crowd because they offer a concentrated source of natural fruit sweetness that comes packaged with anti-inflammatory plant-based phytonutrients, tons of antioxidants including vitamin A and beta-carotene plus potassium and phytosterols too.

When using dried apricots as a sweetener for cookies you want to stew them first. You can stew apricots stove top or just do what I do and put the apricots in a cup of water in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for about 2 1/2 minutes. Then let the apricots sit in the super hot water for about 5 minutes to soften. Drain the water and the dried apricots are ready to be pureed with the wet ingredients you use in your cookie batter.

Peanut Butter Fudge Power Bars

Oh my heavens is this one of my favorites!!! Who here is just about dying for something sweet. Honestly I am the biggest sweet junkie there is so this is sooo very hard for me! When Nicole shared this at our Dream team leadership retreat I just knew it was going to become a family favorite. So here I am sharing it with you now as well. This is of course a treat but it’s also a great replacement for a cookie when you just can’t resist!!!!

Sea Salt Caramel Shakeology

I have a slight addiction to a new recipe that I found and am totally in love with.

Lets be honest for a moment.  I am completely and totally a SWEETS addict!  Just because I have been clean eating for 3 years doesn’t mean I don’t want to pull a U-turn into the nearest bakery or eat a donut when I see one!  I am just wired to love a sweet treat!  But, like any other woman out there sweet treats don’t like my hips or my stomach!  So I have to find ways to feel like I get the sweet fix without the crappy, calorie loaded, body bloating ingredients.  Also, it has to taste decadent, it cannot be fake or imitation. The real deal is the way to go!  So when I cam across Shakeology I won’t lie, I was skeptical that it was really truly going to curb my cravings.  Much to my surprise it did that and more!
Depending on the mood I am in, the type of drink I want, I can tweak Shakeology to meet my needs.
If I want a milkshake then I make my shake in a blender with ice, peanut butter a banana, almond milk and water for thickness.

If I want it like a chocolate milk then I shake it up, use water and almond milk and no ice!  It is all a personal preference but you can work with it to find what fits you best! There is no right or wrong way to make Shakeology.  The only exception is that you cannot heat it because it loses the good properties!

So a little bit of salty and a little sweat is the perfect combination to my morning breakfast!

Oatmeal Cookie Shakeology

Lets just be honest!  Who wouldn’t want to eat cookies for breakfast?!?! I have by far the BIGGEST sweet tooth ever! I could eat donuts, cookies, cakes and pastries at any time of the day!  It still takes hard work and dedication to not want to eat it all.

In the past I would eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast or grab a junk filled protein bar or a sub out and about but not the new me!

The old me would of crashed and burned an hour later because my blood sugar would of dipped to low and I would of been holding my eyes open with tooth picks. But the new me, is full of energy because I had a great breakfast that was packed with all the good stuff my body needs to stay hydrated, healthy and nutritious.

I of course have that sweet food tendency so when I saw this recipe I couldn’t pass it up!  You have to try it  It’s seriously going in rotation along with the Salted caramel!!!