Crunchy leaves, costume shopping and apple picking. Who doesn’t love fall and all the festivities that accompany it? One trend seems to have grown more popular year after year: the pumpkin spice latte (PSL for all you trendy readers). We’ve already warned you about the pumpkin problem here.
Let’s put it in perspective: a pumpkin spice latte contains more sugar than one can of Mountain Dew. But don’t fear, my PSL lovers — there is still a way to enjoy all the pleasures of this coveted seasonal beverage without the added sugar. However, before we jump into the healthy PSL, I wanted to share some secrets I learned about the health benefits of pumpkin. This seasonal beauty packs a healthy punch.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Catching zzs — Pumpkin seeds contain an essential amino acid — tryptophan — which the body converts into melatonin. Pumpkin seed powder has been called the new glass of warm milk.
Helps maintain healthy weight — One cup of cooked pumpkin is only 49 calories. Add pumpkin to your diet to help with cravings. Pumpkin contains fiber, which also helps you feel more full.
Forget carrots — Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, substances that support eye health.
The list of health benefits from pumpkins goes on and on. Learn more about this fall super food here.
Now that we know pumpkin without the spiced latte is a vitamin-rich power punch, let’s delve into a recipe that will curb your craving and also provide a healthy breakfast option to change up your morning routine.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Latte Smoothie
½ c. fresh pumpkin puree
1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ Nutrimeal Free + 1 ½ French Vanilla Nutrimeal scoop
4 ice cubes
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. instant coffee
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
Pour into your favorite smoothie mason jar and ENJOY.
When you get a runny nose or sore throat, do you head to the store for lemon and honey? It can’t just be me right? With lemon detoxes claiming to burn your belly fat, you’ve got to wonder if there is some kind of science behind the apparent magic healing powers of lemons. Do lemon and honey drinks help you lose weight? Will it cure your sniffles? Should you start your morning with a glass of lemon honey water every day?
In case you’re not sure what I mean by lemon and honey water, I’ll explain how you make it. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a mug, then add a teaspoon of honey. Pour boiling water in and mix together until the honey is dissolved.
To understand the benefits of lemon honey water, I thought it would be easiest to break it down by its three components to understand whether it’s healing properties are myth or magic.
Not all honey is created equal. Manuka honey is a special type of honey only produced in New Zealand, created by bees who pollinate the manuka bush and then extract the nectar from the flowers to create honey. It’s a little more pricey than your regular honey, but many believe it has extra healing benefits. So how do you know which one to buy?
In addition, lemons can help you stay hydrated. They add a bit of flavour which can make your standard glass of water seem a bit more appealing!
3. The Unexpected Health Benefits of Hot Water
It’s pretty straight forward, water is necessary for human survival… However, aside from the survival aspect, drinking warm water can provide lots of additional health benefits. It can help with digestion, regulate bowel movements, prevent premature aging, relax nerves and aid in sleep.
Warm water can even prevent premature ageing. Whaaat? When the body accumulates toxins, it becomes susceptible to disease and ageing. Warm water can help flush out the unwanted toxins to keep you young and healthy!
Drinking warm water in the morning could even help you lose weight. Drinking warm water can raise body temperature, which can increase your metabolic rate, that allows the body to burn more calories.
Three’s a Charm
Separately lemon, honey and warm water have some amazing health benefits, so making a lemoney, sweet concoction with all three just makes sense, especially when they taste so good together.
Do you have your own variation of lemon honey water? Let us know your favourite way to make it in the comments!