Pumpkin, Pumpkin and More Pumpkin!

Well here we are, back to September again. I’m not entirely sure where the summer went; between working and enjoying the hot weather it seemed to disappear in a millisecond! In any case, I am ready for fall. Fall is my absolute favourite season – beautiful crisp mornings, the colours of the changing trees….and pumpkin of course!

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Now I know we aren’t into fall yet, but something about coming back to school makes me feel like we’re almost there. As soon as I got back to my apartment after summer break I started craving fall meals – more specifically, pumpkin! With fall just around the corner, I couldn’t help but jump in and start making all things pumpkin!

Today I will spill the beans (or make that pumpkin seeds 😉 ) on two of the new recipes I’ve tried.

For all of you who, like me, are waiting for fall to begin – enjoy!

 Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet maple instant oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste

Directions: In a bowl mix almond milk and oatmeal and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix in chia seeds, pumpkin, protein powder and spice. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.

Garnish with Nature Valley Pumpkin Raisin cereal.

Note: this oatmeal was creamy and not very thick – just the way I like it – but if you like your oatmeal to be thick use less milk.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

-1/3 cup pumpkin puree

-1/2 frozen banana, chopped

-1.5 cups of milk (I used almond milk)

-Pumpkin pie spice to taste

-1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

-Splenda to taste

Mix all ingredients in a blender and serve!

Hopefully these pumpkin pie inspired dishes will keep your pumpkin cravings perfectly satisfied – if not stay tuned as I continue my quest for more pumpkin recipes!

For those of you who are tired of all of the pumpkin talk, tune in next time for a brand new dessert recipe that I promise has nothing to do with pumpkins!

-Sam

Be Bright. Be Bold. Be You.

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From Google Images

Jumping on the Overnight Oats Bandwagon…

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather! I have been having a great day and I must say it had a great start – with Overnight Oats!

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to jump on the overnight oats band wagon (or to try Chia seeds for that matter)! I have been a little bit slow on this foodie trend, but I finally decided to see what all the fuss is about! So, in this post I will tell you all about the awesome Overnight Oats I had for breakfast this morning and about my experience with Chia seeds! The Overnight Oats were super easy to make – and I must say it reminded me a lot of ice cream (can you believe it?)!

I decided to start out on a fairly tame note with this dish since I had never tried overnight oats or Chia seeds (yes, I am a bit of a wimp), so I made a simple strawberry flavoured breakfast – because just about anything strawberry works for me.

Just a warning – this makes a BIG serving!

For this recipe you will need:

½ cup of rolled oats

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

2/3 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

1 tbsp of chia seeds

Strawberries (about ½ cup or to taste)

2 tbsp no sugar added strawberry jam

½ scoop vanilla protein powder

Mix the rolled oats, Greek yogurt, milk and Chia seeds in a bowl then cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge until morning.

In the morning, mix in your toppings (strawberry jam, protein powder and strawberries) then eat your way to glory with this scrumptious breakfast!

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I told you it was easy!

I was pleasantly surprised with the chia seeds; I wasn’t sure what to expect but the texture was perfect for the recipe. Considering all of the health benefits of Chia seeds (fibre and omega-3s to name a few) I am so excited at how easily they can be incorporated into recipes!

I can’t wait to try more variations of this recipe and experiment with my Chia seeds

Until next time – Stay Bright, Stay Bold, Stay Beautiful!

– Sam xo

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