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A November Favorite! Spicy Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

Looking for a spicy, fun, appetizer for one of your November get-togethers?

We found this delicious recipe, tried it and LOVED it, and just had to share it with you!
Give it a try and tell us what YOU think!

Step 1:

Place garlic and 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over low heat. Cook until garlic begins to sizzle, about 30 seconds; transfer to a food processor.

Step 2:

Add chickpeas, pumpkin, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, harissa, honey, and 2 tablespoons oil to food processor. Process until smooth, about 10 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (Add additional harissa for more heat, if desired.)

Step 3:

Transfer to a bowl; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to develop. To serve, drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with pepitas and paprika, if desired.



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Eat for Your Heart


Are you eating for your heart, or eating for your taste buds?

Eating a heart healthy diet will help your cholesterol, blood pressure, and help you lose weight.
You may also be surprised when you learn that your taste buds enjoy eating good!

Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on all of the delicious things that you can eat!

  • Cut back on salt: This will help you control blood pressure and help you enjoy the true taste of your food.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables: The fiber will keep you feeling fuller longer and plant foods are an incredible way to fight heart disease.
  • Eat a variety of healthy proteins: Select lean meat cuts, fish, poultry and chicken (without the skin), low fat dairy, tofu, nuts, and beans. These will all give you needed protein and keep your heart pumping.
  • Limit saturated fats: Read labels and know how much saturated fat is your salad dressing, fried foods, butter, and other favorite foods.
  • Avoid trans fats: You will find these in many snack foods, popcorn, fast food, sweets/desserts, read and know your nutrition labels.
  • Eat plenty of fish: Fish is an excellent source of nutrients and protein. Salmon and tuna also give you omega 3 fatty acids which can cut your risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Drink more water and keep your system flushed.

Follow these steps for a happy, healthy, heart!
If you have more suggestions, comment below! We would love to have you share them with our community!


Simple Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy & Fit

As parents we put so much love and time into making sure their kids grow up happy and productive. So doesn’t it make sense to want your children to develop life long, healthy habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives?

What’s the best way  to encourage our children to make healthy choices on their own – without being too pushy and be overly focused on our children’s body images, weight, and what they are or are not eating.

Here are some simple tips to help your kids get healthy or stay healthy!

  • Create choices (good ones)! Kids (and adults) don’t like to be told what they can and cannot do. Give your children options when it comes to their health and make sure you are praising them for their successes. For example: Would you rather have apples or carrots and celery with your lunch?  Do you feel like going for a bike ride or playing a little basketball at the park?

  • Stock your refrigerator. Out of sight-out of mind. When your stock the fridge and pantry with fruits and vegetables, flavored rice cakes, air-popped popcorn, or nuts you make good choices simple. Now the cookies or unhealthy snacks just aren’t there to grab. If buying canned fruit, make sure they’re packed with real fruit juice not sugar syrup.
  • Be a good role model.  When your children see you eating healthy and moving your body, it sends a message to them that health is important to you and for your family. Example a love of healthy movement!

  • Limit television and video games. We all enjoy relaxing after a long day – but make sure your kids are getting outside and being kids BEFORE they sink into the sofa and don’t move again for the rest of the evening.

  • Get the entire family involved.  Dust off your bicycle, put on your walking shoes, go swimming, or play tag with your children. Make exercise fun for your kids and everyone will benefit from the extra family time together and health benefits.

  • Let your child be creative. Let your child experience difference activities until they find something they truly love doing! They’ll stick to it longer if they enjoy doing it!

Remember, being healthy and having healthy kids starts with you!

Want the REAL “Skinny”?

The real skinny about how to be naturally thin, fit, and healthy!

Are you ready to change the story of your life? Through her Skinny Life® program, life coach Crystal Hansen has been changing lives around the world with the bottom-line truth about weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. It’s not a diet-diets don’t work. It’s not a workout-exercise regimes fall by the wayside. The real key to changing your body-and your life–is changing your mind.

With practical tools, solid research, and focused affirmations, Crystal guides you to:

    • Get honest about self-defeating thoughts and habits
    • Replace guilt and shame with a mindset of freedom, self-care, and self-respect
    • Nourish your body with foods that energize and protect it from disease
    • Learn what kind of movement brings you joy and integrate it into your daily life
    • Make weight issues a think of the past

With your new Skinny Life® lifestyle, you will uproot destructive beliefs that sabotage weight loss and replace them with positive tools that improve your total health and well-being. Get started now on becoming lean, healthy, and happy-for life!

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7 Nutrition Tips for Health and Weightloss

Trying to lose weight or stay healthy? Make it a priority with some simple health tips!

  1. Limit Eating Out: Not only will this help you shave off extra fat, sodium, and sugar, it will also give your wallet some weight gain.
  2. If you have a place and the weather to grow it, do the planting of your healthy fruits and vegetables yourself. This doesn’t allow you to use the excuse that “it’s too expensive to eat healthy . . . “
  3. If you can’t grow it, buy your fresh produce at a farmers market.
  4. Cut out sugar. Sugar has absolutely no nutrition and is high in calories and addicting!
  5. Exercise. No level of nutrition can make up for your lack of exercise and vice versa! Find ways to move your body! Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Wake up 10 minutes early and lift small hand weights. Take a quick walk and get your heart pumping. Do something, do anything, just move, move, move.
  6. Eat smaller portions by eating on smaller plates.
  7. Start drinking WATER and put down your soft drinks and high calorie fruit juices.

Remember, it only takes 21 days of doing something to make it a habit.  So start making these small changes in your routine and diet and watch the results work like magic.


Green Healthy Living Apple Illustration on white background.

Green Healthy Living Apple Illustration on white background.

Simple Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The joys of the holiday season are upon us! It’s the time of year for good friends, good times, and good food. Food is an important part of what makes the holidays special. However, if you are watching your weight, all of the delicious goodies can equal weight gain, real quick.

The holidays don’t have to mean you gain the typical 5-12 pounds. With a few simple tips, you won’t find your jeans snug, or using a different loophole on your belt.

  • When mingling at parties and standing near the snack table, remember; all food is not created equal. Instead of reaching for deep fried dishes, or high-fat dips, reach for vegetables, fruits, and protein rich foods.
  • When the hors d’oeuvres pass you by, resist the temptation to partake every time the tray is passed around. Limit yourself to reaching for that tray to one time.
  • If you’re going to be drinking, limit yourself to 1-2 drinks. Alcohol and eggnog are high in calories and stimulates your appetite. An even better option is reaching for a glass of water or spritzer.
  • Keep exercising and get your body moving! It is easy to fall out of your fitness routine with all of the hustle and bustle during the holidays. Make sure your physical fitness is one of your priorities – not only will it help you keep the weight off, it will also help you manage holiday stress.
  • If you slip and find yourself eating unhealthy, don’t throw in the towel until after the holidays. Be easy on yourself and take it one meal, one party, and one cookie at a time.

What are some of your favorite holiday weight gain tips? Do you have something special you do to keep extra weight from creeping on? We would love to hear them – just comment below!

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Yummy Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

Bright orange colors, beautiful red and gold leaves, and cravings for pumpkin fill the air during the Autumn months. In our search for delicious, healthy, lowfat recipes to share with you, Skinny Life stumbled across this delicious Southwestern Pumpkin Burger Recipe and we had to share it with you! Colorful, spicy and fragrant, these delicious burgers are right in style with the contemporary fondness for Southwestern foods, especially when served with Fresh Tomato Salsa. Let us know if you love them as much as we do! Bon appe-pumpkin!


  • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Tomato Salsa, optional (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 8-inch flour tortillas, (soft-taco size)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, corn, garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare Tomato Salsa, if using.
  3. Add pumpkin, cheese, wheat germ, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper to the onion mixture; mix well. With dampened hands, form the vegetable mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Stack tortillas and wrap in aluminum foil. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes to heat through. (Alternatively, stack tortillas between two damp paper towels; microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds, or until heated through.)
  5. Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 2 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary for even browning. Wrap the patties in tortillas and serve immediately, garnished with lettuce and Fresh Tomato Salsa, if desired.



  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Wrap patties individually and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.


Per serving: 331 calories; 13 g fat (4 g sat, 7 g mono); 8 mg cholesterol; 45 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 6 g fiber; 638 mg sodium; 407 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (100% daily value), Vitamin C (45% dv), Folate 34% dv), Selenium (30% dv), Calcium & Iron (20% dv), Magnesium & Zinc (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1 fat


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Low Calorie Breakfast Smoothie

Jump start your mornings with this high-fiber, low-calorie breakfast smoothie!

Makes 3-4 servings (about 28-30 oz)


  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 head of celery
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 3 carrots

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Feel free to add water to get desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!

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Want to lose weight? It begins in your mind.

Everyone knows how to lose weight. Right? All you have to do is eat less and exercise more — or is that right?

Truth is, people who lose the most weight know that making a lifestyle change is much more than a new gym membership and counting calories. In order to be successful in your weight loss journey, you also need to rewire your thinking. You’re going to need a mind makeover before you can experience a long lasting, permanent, body makeover.

Find a support group; either online, or in-person meetings. Learn and grow from others who are going through the same challenges as you. Learn from them. Teach them. Really inspire and help one another.

Love yourself. Realize your body houses a beautiful soul and heart full of love. Your body simply holds the most important parts of you. However, a healthy body is able to do more and make us feel better. Giving us the energy we need to serve and help others.

Get to the root of your food addiction. Sometimes we use food as a way to soothe the pain of past trauma or to “protect” us from being hurt again. Learn what it is that is mentally keeping the weight on and let it go.

As you lose weight, you may find that you are inspiring and empowering others. Use this as a means to help motivate your mind, inspire you, and keep up the momentum.


Want to Lose Weight? Change Your Thinking.

Our mindset is a very powerful tool and has a tremendous impact on our physical health and well being. You probably are already aware that what we think and what we say about ourselves becomes our reality. So it is fair to say that our mindset can make a monumental impact on your health and wellness.

Do you ever get nervous in stressful situations? Do you ever stop to think about how your body is reacting to your stress / nerves? Does your heart begin to race, stomach tighten, or find yourself spending more time in the ladies room? Your mind has the same power over your body when it comes to your weight. If you are telling yourself negative thoughts, the body will react accordingly.

So remember; your attitude about your health and weight can determine how much you way. Sounds silly, but that is the power of your thinking and mindset. People with a positive and healthier mindest are healthier than those who criticize themselves or set up unrealistic expectations.

If you want to lose weight, permanently, change your thinking.

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