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Cheers to the Weekend: Autumn Cider Recipe

Autumn cider recipeMost of us are going to be locked up with our loved ones this weekend as Joaquin passes through the East Coast. I’ve recently given up wine because of how the sugar and alcohol make me feel, but I do love a cocktail on a Friday evening while cooking dinner and lounging to watch a movie while we listen to the rain on our roof. I’ve  found that ginger beer and cider (though sugary) is much better on my stomach  and has a much lower alcohol content. I have a few varieties that have no added sugar and finish with a clean, dry taste. I recommend:

– Crispin (artisinal reserve, stagger lee, and the saint) varieties
–  Woodchuck Private reserve Ginger Cider
–  ACE Pumpkin Hard Cider

Tonight, I will be mixing one of these chilled ciders in a glass with wild orange aromatic bitters, 1/2 oz. rye bourbon, and 1 sprig of rosemary or a few cloves to garnish.

Cheers to everyone trying to stay dry out there! And enjoy the FIRST weekend of October.


My 5 Favorite Healthy Pumpkin Recipes For Fall

healthy pumpkin recipesHealthy recipes are hard to come by when talking about traditional used of canned pumpkin. Canned pumpkin by nature is healthy– it is naturally sweet, fibrous, and energy-giving– and is legal on our Whole 30 challenge this month.  It is the combination of that can of pumpkin with things like evaporated milk, pastries, and sweeteners that detracts from your overall health. Check out these pumpkin recipe obsessions of mine. these are on my repertoire all fall!

5. Grain Free Pumpkin Pancakes. My age old trick is simple: Use the Against All Grain Banana Pancake Recipe, but replace the banana and chocolate chips with 1 can of pumpkin puree!! #foolproof

4. New Isagenix flavor Pumpkin Spice lean protein! Literally one of the best pumpkin spice flavors I’ve ever tasted, let alone the best protein shake I’ve ever tasted! I look SO forward to  having this every morning this fall with almond milk after a workout! Paired with a piece of fruit, it becomes the perfect 400 calories breakfast to energize your day and keep you full until lunch!

3. My Pumpkin Lemongrass Soup might be the recipe I am most proud of. It is so simple, wholesome and absolutely flavorful and delicious! Please make it this month!!

2. Massaged Tuscan Kale Salad with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and homemade Caesar dressing. I add a can of anchovies from Trader Joe’s to this beautiful Fall Salad for my lunches every day! To massage the kale, you just want to pre-dress it with your dressing of choice and lemon juice and massage the leaves to soften them. You can also shake it up in a tupperware.

1.My Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte is pretty famous for being delicious, healthy and low in calories. A Starbucks PSL contains some dangerously unnecessary additives and packs about 400 calories. Mine is more like 120 and contains only canned pumpkin, fall spices, maple syrup, coffee,  and light coconut milk.