pumpkin bread

Fall Pumpkin Bread

Breakfast, Seasonal

Wake up this fall morning before Thanksgiving and enjoy a slice of low carb, gluten free warm pumpkin bread with a spread of jam on top! I love starting the morning with a holiday themed breakfast. It just instantly makes me happy and ready for the holiday seasons. This is great for Diabetics because of it’s gluten free, low carb, low sugar qualities. Not to mention, it will coat your mouth with strong tasteful fall spices! Yum!

pumpkin bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ cup puree pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 liquid stevia drops (optional, sweeten to taste)

pumpkin bread doughInstructions 

  1. Mix the dry ingredients (almond flour, salt, baking soda) and the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice) together in medium-large sized bowl.
  2. Then mix the wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, honey, vanilla, and stevia) together in smaller bowl.
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix together until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into 2 small greased loaf pans or 1 large greased loaf pans.
  5. Bake in 350 degrees oven for approximately 40-45 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and cool on rack.
  7. Cut into slices and enjoy warm toasted with apricot jam or butter on top!

pumpkin bread pumpkin bread

green smoothie

Freaky Green Frankenstein Superfood Smoothie

Breakfast, Drinks, Seasonal, Snacks

Green smoothies make for festive Halloween themed party snacks! Yummy for everyone and an easy way to get kids to drink some veggies and protein without them knowing it.

Superfoods improve health, boost immune system, elevates serotonin production, cleanses, lowers inflammation, and alkalizes the body.

superfood smoothie

Ingredients 

  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Scoop of protein powder (I used Vega vanilla flavor because it has greens, plant-based protein, and superfood ingredients in there as well)
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Spiralina powder: An Aztec superfood that has the highest source of complete protein (65%). It is high in many vitamins and minerals (Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Copper, Iron, Omega-6, Omega-3), trace elements, phytonutrients, and enzymes.
  • Maca powder: Comes from the Peruvian Andes. Adaptogenic superfood that increases energy, endurance, strength, libido. Contains 20 amino acids.
  • Chlorella powder: Rich in protien, Vitamins A, B2, B3, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, helps naturally detox the body from harmful metals, supports the immune system, and improves insulin sensitivity.
  • Flaxseed: Great source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, Omega-3. Helps improve glycemic control for blood sugars, lowers cholesterol, and many other benefits.
  • Honey (sweetened to taste, optional)
  • Ice

Directions 

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Take clear plastic cups and with a Sharpie permanent marker, draw on Frankenstein’s face. I even used glass mason jars and wrote on it with a grease pencil. It stays on as you use it, but can be washed off later.
  3. Fill the cups with your blended green smoothie and watch Frankenstein’s face come to life!
  4. Enjoy your freaky green Frankenstein monster!
sweet potato pumpkins

Jack-O’-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries

Seasonal, Snacks

Even your fries can scream Halloween time! This year, you can carve more than just pumpkins… 

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A which is an antioxidant powerhouse linked to anti-aging and good eyesight. They also have low sodium, fewer calories than white potatoes, and low fat. Sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index which means it releases a steady amount of energy to your body without causing any blood sugar spikes! Perfect for us diabetics watching those blood sugars!

sweet potato pumpkins

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled (or how every many you want to make)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F degrees.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes into big round sliver dollar sized fries (the thinner the better because it will be easier to cut into it as you make the pumpkin shapes). With each silver dollar sized fry, use your knife to cut and shape it into a pumpkin by adding a stem. Then cut out 2 triangles and a smile for the jack-o-lantern face. If you have a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, that would work too.
  3. Once you have all your pumpkins cut out, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Cover all the sweet potato fries with olive oil and sprinkle as much pepper and garlic salt that you would like and toss them around so that the seasoning and olive oil coats all of the fries.
    tossed seasoned uncooked fries

    tossed seasoned uncooked fries

  5. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes (depending on your thickness) until they are golden brown and tender.
  6. Take them out and allow to cool. Enjoy your pumpkins as a side dish or by themselves for a snack!

1 medium sweet potato: Total carbs 23g, Sugar 6g, Protein 2g

pumpkin spice latte

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte

Drinks, Seasonal

I love getting my traditional Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! But it is important to look up their nutritional facts for the amount of sugars and carbs that you are putting into your body. Ordering a normal medium pumpkin spice latte can seem so simple and no harm. You start drinking it and apply how a few units of insulin that you think it will cover. But your blood glucose still ends up spiking anyways! That little cup is hiding secrets from you. Its hiding its enormous amount of carbs from you! A medium with whipped cream and 2% milk has a whopping 52g carbs and 50g sugars! Just looking at that innocent cup, you would never know! So just be aware of what you are getting and it helps to do a quick search online for its nutrition facts.

Here’s a tip: Ever so often I do love to sip on a yummy PSL on a fall day, so I order one, but I ask for no whipped cream and for half the amount of pumps as usual. With half the amount of flavor pumps, you are able to cut those sugars in half and its favor is still just as strong! It’s still a lot of carbs, but every bit helps right?!

When you don’t feel like spending $4 a cup at Starbucks for a PSL and you want a healthier version with actual real pumpkin ingredients, here is a great recipe for a delicious fall morning cup!

healthy pal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 drops of Stevia (or any choice of sweeter, honey, etc)
  • 8 ounces of brewed coffee or 1-2 shots shots of expresso
  • Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Heat almond milk and pumpkin in a saucepan together.
  2. Take off heat and stir in spices, sweetener, and vanilla. Pour into coffee cup.
  3. Use a frother or a blender to make milk foam. Then add the foam on top of the coffee and then top with sprinkled cinnamon
  4. Enjoy your very own yummy fall themed homemade PSL!

Total carbs 5g

banana ghosts

Frozen Yogurt Banana Ghosts

Seasonal, Snacks

I saw these creations on Pinterest and I was totally inspired. They are a cute and festive way to prepare snacks for the Halloween season. Naturally sweet and can help curve those sugar cravings to help you not overload on Halloween candy.

Bananas contain high levels of tryptophan that naturally converts to serotonin, which increases your mood! They are also high in potassium which can protect your muscles from cramping during a workout or even in your sleep. They have many other vitamins and minerals like: iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamins A and E, folate, carotene, and choline.

Greek yogurt is a great source of protein vital for building muscle, cell growth, and preparing tissue. It is also packed with probiotics which contains microorganisms that keep your intestines healthy and happy. It also has vitamin B12 that is necessary for healthy brain function.

banana ghosts

Ingredients

  • Banana, halved
  • Greek yogurt
  • 3 dark chocolate chips
  • Honey or any kind of sweeter (optional)
  • Wooden skewer

Instructions

  1. Skewer a half of a banana. Dip it into the Greek yogurt until covered. As an optional option, add sweetener to the Greek yogurt before dipping to make it a little sweeter.
  2. Place the coated banana on a dish with parchment paper. Take 3 dark chocolate chip morsels and place on the banana for eyes and a mouth.
  3. Place the dish into the freezer and until hardened.
  4. Take out and ENJOY your spoooooky ghost friend!

Total carbs 18g, Sugar 18g