(Pumpkin) Blond(ies) Have More Fun

Oct 16, 2019

You know what they say, blondes have more fun!

Any doubters of that may experience a change of heart after trying these gut friendly blondies. For this week's Friday Fuel we bring you one of our favorite recipes, inspired by a few of our favorite chefs!

 

 

Maca Pumpkin Blondies

Ingredients:

1 can white beans
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup gluten free quick oats
1/4 cup almond butter
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (add a dash of cinnamon, too!)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp maca root powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chocolate chips

Directions:

Line an 8-inch pan with parchment or grease well. Preheat oven to 350 F. Drain and rinse the beans very well. Process all ingredients except chocolate chips in a high-quality food processor until completely smooth. Stir in the chocolate 

chips. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, press a few chocolate chips into the top if desired, and bake on the...

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Protein Muffin MOVE.s

May 08, 2019

We confess- we don't do a whole lot of baking because measuring and attention to detail isn't our zone of genius. At all. But we will certainly make an exception for these... anytime. 

 
We adapted these muffins from a couple of different recipes- one was a dessert we really liked from Chocolate Covered Katie (follow her if you don't!) and the other an energy muffin from Shalene Flanagan (again, follow if you don't!). The goal was to have a performance based muffin that is light enough to have before a workout yet nourishing enough to get through the workout. 
 
We sampled them in the kitchen all last week. Over and over... just to be safe, for all of you. Then we really put them to the test when Mel headed to Salem, MA for a 20-mile road race. One muffin pre-run and she was good to go! 
 
 
These fuse together protein and anti-oxidants from almonds, with the electrolytes, potassium and natural sweetness of bananas, combined...
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4 Season Pumpkin Smoothie

Sep 24, 2018

I get it... it's July. Pumpkin craze starts in September. But if you know me, you know that I know what I like and seasons need not apply. I drink red wine on hot days, eat nachos on Thanksgiving and am driving my third Nissan. Add pumpkin to my list of "un-seasonal love." 

 

When I first made this pumpkin smoothie recipe, I was training for my fifth marathon and focusing on my fuel and nutrition as I was looking to improve my performance without significantly altering my training program. My admiration (read: runner crush) for Shalene Flanagan led me to follow many of her tips. One of her go-to pre and post foods includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium, all of which support energy. 

 

But back to pumpkin. Since I was out of sweet potatoes, I opted to substitute canned pumpkin in my post workout smoothie. Because our bodies work hard at recovering and repairing muscles,...

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6 Strategies for Life Changing Gut Health

Jun 20, 2018
 Melissa Dlugolecki
 
 

I have struggled with gut health for over a decade but it wasn’t until until recent years that I understood it was the root of many of my physical and emotional struggles. I treated acne with skin product, anxiety with medication, poor digestion with a cabinet full of “fixes,” weight gain with yo-yo dieting/calorie counting and low energy with many large coffees. I was overweight, undernourished, exhausted and frustrated as heck. Any of that sound familiar to you? If so, it’s probably time to stop running in circles; wasting time and wasting money treating symptoms instead of addressing the underlying issue. Thing is, skin care, coffee, and health care companies don’t want you to stop treating the symptoms… cause they want your business. And they LOVE it when you run in circles.

 

Me? I don’t think circles are good for anyone. I want to keep you moving forward.

 

I began studying gut...

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