Pumpkin Chai Latte!

Unlike most pumpkin beverages you’ll undoubtedly be tempted by this season, this treat actually contains pumpkin (always make sure what you are eating/drinking contains what it says it is…label reading 101!) I made 2 of these lattes today and was tempted to make a third, but cleaning the blender 4 times in a day (I had a smoothie for breakfast) just seemed ridiculous (although we all know its been done before…)! Enjoy life, fall, family, friends, and treat your body and soul right with this yummy, creamy pumpkin chai latte!

Pumpkin Chai Latte!
 
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Recipe type: Hot Beverage
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 chai tea bags (any type- I use organic tea whenever possible)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (organic dairy milk is okay too)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Maple Syrup (or other sweetener of choice: honey, stevia, etc; amount used depends on your preference)
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger
Instructions
  1. Boil your cup of water and steep the tea bags for about 7 minutes (less time if you don't want it as strong). Heat up almond milk until almost at a boil. Pour hot steeped tea, hot milk, and all other ingredients into your blender or magic bullet. Blend for 2 minutes on high or until mixture is frothy when blender is stopped. Start with a small amount of sweetener and adjust until desired sweetness is found. Dust top with cinnamon, nutmeg and dash of the sweetened you choose. Enjoy the comfort and warmth of this yummy, must have seasonal beverage without all the extra additives and sugar you will find else where!

As always, stay well, eat well, and have a beautiful week!

Ana Elisabeth

Healthy Halloween: Practical Alternative to Sugar Blues

Kids look forward to Halloween all year, and parents maybe not so much (unless they are looking forward to the sweet treats just as much/if not more than their kids!). Creating rules and regulations around your child’s candy consumption at Halloween, or any food for that matter, usually leads to kids feeling a sense of urgency to eat as much of that candy or food as possible when it is in front of them, not knowing the next time they will get it will be.  A practical alternative might be to fill your kids up with the healthy stuff before hand. Creating an environment which promotes healthy food in a fun way is crucial step in empowering your child to make healthy choices on their own by listening to their own body. Try serving up some of these fun recipes before the kids head out for the treats, or as a dish to contribute to a Halloween party!

 

 
Creepy Crawlers

Ingredients:
5 Dates (pitted)
5 Tbsp. sunflower seed/almond/cashew butter
10 whole-wheat pretzel sticks
1 Tbsp. granola

Directions:
Cut each date in half and smear 1 Tbsp. nut butter in between the two halves. Stick 2 pretzel sticks on top of the nut butter, and place 2nd halfback on top. Stick 2 pieces of oats from granola onto top of “bug” as eyes.

Boo-Nanas

Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas (cut in half)
4 Tbsp. organic shredded coconut flakes
¼ cup orange juice
8 chocolate chips

Directions:
Cut bananas in half before freezing. Remove from freezer, dip each half in orange juice, and roll in coconut flakes. Poke 1 chocolate chip through top of each banana half as “ghost eyes.”

Mummy Pizzas

Ingredients:
10 “Mary’s Gone” Gluten Free crackers (any variety)
5 Tbsp. shredded organic, whole milk mozzarella cheese
30 black beans
Salsa for dipping (optional)

Directions:
Place strands of cheese over each cracker in “mummy” pattern (criss-crossed). Place 2 black beans for eyes, and leave an oval shape without cheese near the mouth. Place cracker with cheese in microwave for 15 seconds of until just melted. Serve with salsa!

Brains and Bugs

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash (to cook: poke holes throughout, and cook in microwave on high for 7-10 minutes or until soft on outside)
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup chia seeds

Directions:
Slice off top of the spaghetti squash, and scrape out the seeds and flesh with a fork into spaghetti-like strands. Separate seeds from flesh and place the strands of the squash into bowl. Mix the strands with the syrup, chia seeds, and walnuts, leaving a few Tbsp. of each to “garnish” the brains. Put the squash mixture back into the empty squash and garnish with remaining walnuts and chia seeds. Serve with top of squash slightly ajar.

Ghost Eggs

Ingredients:
5 hardboiled eggs
20 black beans
Small handful of spinach

Directions:
Cut ½ inch off of the bottom of each egg to create a flat and stable bottom.  Carve tiny wedges into the egg white for eyes and a mouth on each egg, varying the placement to allow for the appearance of different shaped mouths. Squeeze a black bean or two into the mouth and eyes of each egg; serve on top of pieces of baby spinach.

Witches Fingers

Ingredients:
5 whole milk, organic mozzarella cheese sticks
4 Tbsp. hummus (any variety)
1 small green and red bell pepper, cut into 1″ squares for “finger nails”

Directions:
Cut each mozzarella stick in half. With a small and sharp knife, make small, careful divots about 2″ below the top of each stick and about 3″ down, representing the knuckle indents of fingers. Carve out a nail shaped “U” on the top of each stick, fill with a dab of hummus and stick a bell pepper on top as a fingernail!

Monster Mash

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
Sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, 1 tsp. lemon juice
1 whole tomato (optional); chopped

Directions:
Combine avocados, sat, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice until smooth. Add tomato chunks. Stick “witches fingers”, celery, and carrot sticks out of Monster Mash.

 

Remember, these are great snacks for your kids all year round! The key to a healthy snack is combining a protein (egg, cheese stick, etc.) with a bit of carb (fruit, cracker, etc.) and some healthy fat (but butter, olive oil, avocado, etc.).