Best Use For Pumkin

The air is turning colder.  I hate cold… and I live in Nebraska :)  The one redeeming quality of the cold (besides Christmas and Thanksgiving) is the excuse for more fancy coffee drinks.

A friend sent me this link a few weeks ago… and I have fully tested it :)  Here is the original link. (lots more fancy pictures with her post)

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup milk (soy, almond, rice, .. I tried coconut because it was all we had once and it wasn’t good)
  • 1/4 cup or more canned pumpkin*
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice or to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • sweetener – sugar etc.  I used honey.  At least 2 tbsp :)
  • optional gara masala or ginger (super good, I would recommend)

*get the real thing, cut it in half, clean out the seeds and bake cut side down in a casserole dish with some water on the bottom.  After baking it is much easier to peel and work with.  I didn’t do it this year, but have in the past.  Freeze the extra… for more coffee drinks next month.

This batch turned out a bit spicy, so if yours doesn’t look this spiced it is probably fine too.

Ok, blend all these up in the blender.  Pour half of it into a cup (the cup should be about half full).  Warm the mixture for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave.  Pour coffee over the mixture until cup is full.  You can sprinkle cinnamon or add a cinnamon stick to really make it feel fancy :)

The recipe serves 2 people (or you twice)

 Here is Brenda trying it out.  It is good to have brave friends :) 

The Cheapest, Simplest, Substance to Get Past My Lips

I wanted to start out with the simplest and foundational substance–Water. Most people have heard that humans need to drink ‘8 glass a day’. It is clearly the cheapest, simplest and undeniably the healthiest liquid ,we can find.

The body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs.” Source

Why do we need to drink water?

Instead of addressing the need for water in more detail, I wanted to write about why is it so hard to get our water and how to get more? I believe a big reason is because we have so many other drinks. If someone already has drinks with most meals and drinks between meals they aren’t near as thirsty and don’t think of drinking water. So, I would propose drinking only water. With drinking only water, one not only gets the health benefits they also benefit from the following:

1. It is the best drink for kids! What other drink can they get for themselves, drink all they want, drink from old cups (ever found sippy cups of milk under the couch… not healthy), drink anywhere in the house or car or while wearing their best cloths, cleans their teeth and doesn‘t make them hyper? Speaks for itself. If given the choice most kids don’t choose water, but if it is the only choice they soon get used to it. If you are only drinking water and there isn’t other options around they can probably get used to it even faster than most adults.

2. Avoiding hidden calories-Depending on the drink there can be 10 to 1000+ calories per cup. Even if you are only getting 100 calories from drinks per day that adds up to more than 10 pounds a year! Not only that, it often has no nutritional value. I think this is a major cause of weight issues.

For example: a cup of apple juice (from frozen concentrate) is 112 calories (source) where 1 cup (or about 1 whole) raw apple is only 65 calories (source) and fills the stomach and lasts longer.

3. Avoiding added ‘non-foods’-drinks are a crazy place for added colors, heavily processed sugars, flavorings… I could go on but you get the idea. Even  fruit juices have preservatives that your body doesn’t need.

Should it be bottled?

There is arguments all over the place with bottled or not. The truth is that lots (I have heard up to 2/3rds) of bottled water is just tap water put into bottles and then sold for an incredible mark up. There might be an argument for higher end bottled water, but for the most part, bottled water isn’t any healthier than my own tap water. If I get stuck thirsty somewhere, and don’t have my refillable bottles with me, I buy water because it is the healthiest choice to buy. If I can get tap water… I don’t spend for bottled. There is also a very real argument against all the bottles creating a strain in production and disposal on the environment.

However, tap water isn’t always perfect and a good filter system hooked to the tap or filter pitchers are the best!

What if water just doesn’t taste good?

Fresh lemon juice is great to add to water. Or as I read in ‘The Cure Heal Your Body, Save Your Life’ by Dr. Timothy Brantley add fresh lemon, some sea salt, some real maple syrup and a bit of cayenne pepper to your water. These all (in small doses) help hydrate the cells even better. (in his book there is lots more water information and recommendations)