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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip

We approve of eating apples and celery alone, but combining them with this dip will give you a major vitamin-A boost. And let’s be real, if a snack is healthy and tastes like dessert, we’re going to eat it again (and again and again!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour (or PB2)
  • 1/4 cup baking stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until smooth and creamy. Keep refrigerated and serve chilled. Serve with apple slices or eat alone.

 

Recipe courtesy of: https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/snacks/healthy/fall-snack-recipes/

Back To School Immune Boosting Tips

Back to School can mean opening ourselves up to colds, the flu, and feeling run down. It’s important to keep our immune systems boosted as we head into the colder months. The following tips will help you stay healthy and combat upcoming flu season.

  1. Boost your immune system by adding nutrient-rich foods such as citrus fruits, garlic, ginger, chicken noodle soup, sweet potatoes, yams, tea, and mushrooms.
  2. The changing seasons calls for changes in our sleep patterns as well. Increase the number of hours of sleep you get per night to strengthen your immune system.
  3. Decrease caffeine intake to avoid insomnia, nervousness, irritability, and digestive issues. Caffeine also affects the adrenal glands production of cortisol, and increased cortisol can lead to a compromised immune system.
  4. Take Vitamin-C, a common immune-booster, which will help fight off infection and speed up recovery.
  5. Drink herbal teas infused with Echinacea Root or Elderberry to help ward off colds.
  6. Use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser or add a few drops to coconut oil and rub into the back and front of chest. Eucalyptus helps with chest and sinus congestion.
  7. Remember proper hand-washing for effective cold prevention!

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