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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Smoothie


Looks good, right?  Believe it or not, it's got protein, fiber and calcium.  Cocoa and cinnamon are anti-imflammatory, pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and fiber.  And the whole thing has 150 calories, no dairy (if you discount the little dollop of fat-free Readi-whip on top - add about 10 calories for that if you want it.)

Smoothies have become very popular for breakfast. Everybody's in a hurry, nobody gets enough vegetables, and we all get too much sugar.  If you want your smoothie to taste like pumpkin pie, leave out the cocoa, the cinnamon and the stevia and just add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.

Whip it all up in the blender and away you go.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Steva liquid
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 or 3 ice cubes


  1. Prepare pumpkin by freezing 1/2 cup portions in muffin tins and storing in freezer bag.
  2. Place all ingredients into blender container and process until smooth, stopping periodically to scrape down sides of container.
  3. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 40
Calories 150
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 4.5g7%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 532mg22%
Potassium 420mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g6%
Dietary Fiber 9g36%
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 310%Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 47%Iron 12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Classic White Shirts - All the Ghouls Love Them!

I love a crisp white shirt with jeans. I always feel instantly pulled together, whatever the day brings. The "v" neckline elongates the face and neck. Scarves are fun and stylish but too much bulk around a woman's neckline may not always be flattering. That said, sometimes the shape of a basic shirt adds visual pounds to the body, especially around the middle. So notice that this shirt has darts that run up and down the front and back similar to princess seaming. Instant hourglass shaping! This one is a few years old and it's by Coldwater Creek. They still make these no-iron shirts with shaping but the sleeves are either long or roll-up with buttons. I've worn and washed this one many times and it still looks as good as the day I bought it. It still looked fresh after a "wicked good day" in Salem Mass last week.