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I want you to bring the dessert to Thanksgiving this year! However, put a yummy twist on the fall classic, pumpkin pie. With this recipe you can impress your friends and family and at the same time create a dessert that will significantly lower your guilt over eating a sweet treat.

The desserts at any get together can be very heavy and yet incredibly tempting. That’s why this great and delicious alternative will steal the show without destroying the hard work you’ve been putting in to get yourself healthy!
To make the homemade crust, you’re actually going to use graham crackers. It creates a nice crunch without adding too much sugar.

Crust:
• Process about 11 full graham crackers in your mixer
• Spoon in 3.5 tablespoons of melted Smart Balance butter and process this whole mix
• Press firmly onto the sides and bottom of a 9” pie pan
This crust requires no baking so go ahead straight to the filling!

Filling:
• 1 15-oz. can of 100% pumpkin
• ½ cup light coconut milk
• ¼ cup honey
• Pinch of salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
• 1 whole egg
• 2 egg whites

Process all these ingredients together until well blended and pour on top of the crust. Then bake on 350° for 35-45 minutes. You’re looking for a crispy shell and fully cooked middle. Once pulled out of the oven, chill in the fridge for at least a couple hours for the filling to fully solidify.

Now enjoy this delicious, and most important, better-for-you pumpkin pie having only 14 grams of sugar per slice compared to a traditional slice at 25 grams!! Way to go you, you don’t have to run nearly as far to burn this dessert off ;-) ! Now the important part is not to eat the whole pie, this truly destroys the fact that you made each slice a bit healthier. Seriously, don’t eat the whole thing, please.

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Recently we attended a seminar talking about how to prevent cancer by altering the way you live. Most of the advice had to do with what you put in your body to keep it healthy and was incredibly interesting. There was one snippet that I found intriguing and that I had heard quite a few times before; the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Being both very simple to add into your diet and greatly beneficial to your health made it a perfect topic to talk about. 1 -2 tablespoons mixed with water each day have these benefits:

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(Oprea Personal Fitness)

Turn on the fireplace, grab a fuzzy blanket and cozy up with this great twist on my favorite breakfast: Pumpkin Apple Crunch Oatmeal.  Developed in my kitchen to appease an after soccer appetite for my son, Hayden, I found the smell to be magically appealing.  Taking one bite warms the soul and fills the belly with Autumn delights such as apples, pumpkin and baked pecans.  Follow my recipe and adjust so it’s perfect for you!

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I think few things scare people more than the thought of eating healthy with all that readily edible Halloween candy sitting so innocently within arms reach.  Plus, who can truly avoid all those really cute looking treats at your party (rice crispy treat ghost anyone)?  However, an overindulgent night will completely ruin all that focus and hard work you have been so intently putting in day in and day out!  Before you think there’s no fun to be had living a healthy lifestyle, keep this in mind: Enjoy in moderation!  Go have one or two of your favorites on one or two nights but reign it in after that by following these simple and smart ways to Stay Healthy on Halloween.

Junk Food

Everyday you are surrounded by, let’s face it, absolutely delicious, scrumptious and massively nutrient deprived or unbelievably unhealthy food options.  Your motivation to stay on a healthy track can be seriously at a disadvantage some days.  So let’s get it down on paper what is never said but always understood by common sense.

When you walk into your favorite bakery or restaurant the overwhelming smell triggers your hunger, whether you are actually hungry or not.  Those triggers need to be reduced as much as possible.  Removing yourself from the physical location that triggered the craving can greatly increase your resolve not to eat unhealthily!

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(Maren Caruso)

For a lot of people, the idea of getting healthier sounds a lot better than the actual act of doing it!  Quite a few excuses start cropping up like; I’m too busy, I’ll start tomorrow, or Monday, or the 1st of the month, or January 1st.  However, the easiest excuse is that it’s too hard and takes too long.  Quick results are all over the TV, why can’t I have those? So for all of you out there that just can’t seem to get started, I want to give you four simple, quick ways to become a healthier person. Four things that you can do right now, today, this morning.

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