Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Given that it is the first day of fall, I figured I'd make a blog comeback with a delicious pumpkin recipe. I know there are some pumpkin haters out there, and I admit that the pumpkin pie spice trend has gone a little far. That said, it's a warm and comforting flavor that has a time and place, especially in a nourishing and delicious breakfast in the fall! 

Beautiful pumpkins at the Grand Army Farmer's Market in Brooklyn.

Beautiful pumpkins at the Grand Army Farmer's Market in Brooklyn.

Let's not forget, too, that pumpkin (not the spice) is a nutritious fruit, high in beta carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), which is an antioxidant that may reduce our risk for cancer. Pumpkin is also a good source of fiber; one cup of mashed pumpkin puree has only 49 calories and 3 grams of fiber! It's a very versatile fruit and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. 

Today, I managed to get some pumpkin in at breakfast with overnight oats. Overnight oats are the bombdotcom, especially if you are pressed for time in the morning (which I almost always am). Basically, you combine whole rolled oats (not steel cut or quick oats), with equalish parts liquid and whatever else you want, and let it sit in a container in the fridge overnight. Then you add your desired fixin's in the morning and you eat it. Super easy to make and clean up.

These are basically the things I combined last night in a mason jar to make the oats.

Then I shook it all up.

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In the morning, I poured it into a bowl and added some of my favorite toppings.

Hemp seeds, sliced banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, shredded coconut.

Hemp seeds, sliced banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, shredded coconut.

Please see the full recipe below!

Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup hemp milk (you can use almond, regular, rice, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup whole rolled oats (I use these)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée (you can use canned, just make sure there are no other added ingredients or sugars, or you can make it yourself)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • Topping ideas (optional): shredded coconut, sliced banana/other fruit, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, almond/nut butter, sunflower seeds, goji berries

Preparation

  1. In a mason jar or other resealable glass container, combine hemp milk, oats, pumpkin purée, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
  2. Seal the jar/container and shake shake shake it up! Make sure you shake well so the chia seeds don't stick together.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 hours).
  4. In the morning, add toppings of your choice and enjoy the delicious flavors of fall!

Orange is the New Green (Smoothie)

In honor of today's release of Season 2 of Orange is the New Black (eeee Crazy Eyes!), I present to you a delicious orange smoothie (no oranges, though) that I made this week.

This smoothie is not only replete with vitamins A & C (hello, antioxidants) and fiber (hello...digestion hehe), but also has ginger, which is a great anti-inflammatory and debloater. Not to mention all the electrolytes from the coconut water. It's a great energizing way to start the day.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am ALL about me some green smoothies (Reens Greens, duh), but we gotta change it up once in a while, amiright? 

I love my smoothies to be slushy, so I chopped the carrot and apple, and peeled the grapefruit the night before I made this, and put them in a bag in the freezer, but you don't have to freeze beforehand. You could just add some ice, or not. Totes your preference. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium apple, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 tsp raw honey (optional)
  • 6 oz coconut water
  • 6 oz plain water

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. If you don't have a fancy shmancy blender, that's fine too; it might just take some extra liquids and a few whirls to get it to a good consistency.

Note: *If you freeze your ingredients the night before, you may need to add additional water to get things going.

I hope you try this one out for yourself, and feel free to kick up a notch, maybe with some cayenne (metabolism booster) or turmeric (another anti-inflammatory spice). Too bad my sleepy brain didn't think of those sooner! I had this after a workout and paired it with a hard boiled egg for a little boost of protein. 

And omg this day needs to end so I can binge watch Netflix in my PJ's already. Any other #OITNB fans out there?!