Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and 15 Tips for Dealing with Stress

Fall is upon us and this has been a fall like no other around our house. Suffice it to say it has brought me to my knees in gratitude for my loved ones and for God’s protection of us all in the midst of some chaos and a series of very stressful events. We all experience stress.  There’s no avoiding it, but it doesn’t have to wipe you out physically.

Here are some tips I’ve been utilizing to stay healthy when the going gets rough (followed by a nourishing fall smoothie recipe!)

 

15 tips to keep you healthy when times are tough

  • Prayer and journaling.
  • Be grateful. No matter how bad things are try to find at least three things a day to be grateful for.
  • Breathe deeply. I find myself instinctively doing Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing exercise when I need to relax. Try it!!
  • Go outside and get some fresh air. Take a walk and fill up your lungs.
  • Get. Enough. Sleep. ’nuff said.
  • Simplify to only essential tasks. Most things can wait.
  • Connect with loved ones. Remember what is important. Share your feelings. BE REAL. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Everyone suffers and has problems. The more real we can be with each other, the better. Look around. I guarantee you’re not the only one having a hard time.
  • Consider utilizing supplements more diligently than usual to counteract stress and probable nutritional lapses. Check with your doctor first to see what is right for you. I take multi-vitamins, lots of vitamin D, mega doses of vitamin C, B complex, flax oil/seeds, probiotics, fermented foods – not all the time, but definitely when my system is feeling taxed.
  • Drink plenty of clear beverages. Warm herbal teas encourage lymph drainage. Chamomile is a great balancing tea. Holy Basil/tulsi is a wonderful adaptogenic herb/tea which also helps to keep you in balance. Water helps to flush out toxins and keep your energy up.
  • Avoid sugar whenever possible because of its nasty habit of suppressing the immune system and robbing your body of essential nutrients, especially B vitamins which are already wiped out in times of stress.
  • Try to keep a sense of humor. Laugh. Yeah, this is hard when you are stressed out, but it can really help. Find a movie that made you laugh in the past or just try to appreciate the silliness in life.
  • Keep food simple, real, and whole.
  • Light a candle and focus on the light.
  • Use essential oils to calm and focus your mind. My hands-down favorite is lavender, but I also like lemon, orange, patchouli, and frankincense and many others.
  • Accept offers of help. Allow others to bless you and they will be blessed in return!

 

Now for a nutritious recipe!

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

Take some pumpkin goodness on the road.

 

Not only are pumpkins a quintessential symbol of fall, but they are an excellent source of vitamin A and a very good source of vitamin C, fiber, manganese, and copper!  Here’s a simple way to incorporate some of the delicious nutrition of pumpkin into a basic smoothie. I’ve also included chia in this recipe for some healthy fats and additional fiber. More about the benefits of chia can be found here.  Some would say that pumpkin is a grounding food. Who doesn’t need a little grounding???? This wholesome, nutritious drink is refreshing and is soooo much better for you than a pumpkin spice latte!

 

Creamy fall deliciousness

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

2 cups pumpkin puree (1 can)

2 cups almond milk

1-2 cups ice

5 T maple syrup (or honey or stevia)

1/2 tsp vanilla

2-3 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 heaping T chia gel

 

Blend all. Makes 2-4 servings

Top with whipped cream or coconut cream

Note: If you are watching your sugars you may want to cut back on the maple syrup or else use stevia.

Feel free to jazz up the protein levels of this smoothie by adding some hemp seeds.

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (1 can)
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1-2 cups ice
  • 5 T maple syrup (or honey or stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 heaping T chia gel

Instructions

Blend all. Makes 2-4 servings

Top with whipped cream or coconut cream

Note: If you are watching your sugars you may want to cut back on the maple syrup or else use stevia.

Feel free to jazz up the protein levels of this smoothie by adding some hemp seeds.

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