Pumpkin Spice Granola (Gluten Free)

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I don’t know about you but I am all aboard the pumpkin spice train and I’m not hiding it! ‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything. It’s not basic, it’s festive!

I’ve been experimenting with different pumpkin recipes and this granola is definitely my fav!

I like to make granola at home (when I can’t find Purly Elizabeth)because I know exactly what goes into it. You think you’re being all “healthy” but the ingredients kinda defeat the purpose… Too many store bought brands have added sugar and weird ingredients that make it unhealthy! Plus, it’s super easy to just make yourself.

Anyways, here’s my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 3 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • A dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon ( I like a lot!)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a small pot, heat vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin and almond butter on the stove until smooth
  3. Combine oats, flax seeds, pecans
  4. Remove mixture from the stove and combine with dry ingredients
  5. Lay granola flat on the baking sheet and try to keep the mixture in large chunks
  6. Bake for 20 mins, checking 1/2 way through
  7. Remove and cool before serving.
  8. Store in an air tight container

This granola is super pumpkin-y and I LOVE it!!

 

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Tag me in any pic of your recreation or fav pumpkin spice treats on Insta @ADashOfnutMegg, I’d love to see!

ILY,

nutMeg

Golden Milk Latte Recipe+ A Review

What’s the deal with turmeric?

I know you’ve heard of it and probably seen beautiful golden milk lattes on your Instagram feed, but what’s the big deal?

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I recently connected with Saara from GoldynGlow and she gave me the inside scoop of what all the chatter is about!

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One of the biggest benefits to turmeric is that it is naturally anti-inflammatory. Now in “normal people terms” what does that mean? The body’s natural response to injury/something being wrong is inflammation and chronic inflammation can go unnoticed for quite sometime. It is best to try and incorporate anti-inflammatory foods because of this and let our bodies relax as much as they can. Turmeric also provides a boost in immunity (hello flu season) and is a natural detoxifier.

Saara was so gracious to let me try her GoldynGlow powders and try to make my own golden milk lattes!

 

 

 

Here’s my recipe:

  • 1 tsp of GoldynGlow (I used “Happy” with cacao)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • A lot of cinnamon
  • 1 stevia packet
  • A pinch of black pepper

    *To activate the turmeric and give you all the yummy benefits

Directions:

  1. Warm milk on the stove
  2. Slowly add GoldynGlow, cinnamon and stevia. Wisk.
  3. Add a pinch of black pepper and serve!

 

I made the mistake of adding 1 Tbsp of the powder in my first attempt. It was WAY too much. It definitely wasn’t sweet enough and just tasted like a cup full of spices…no good. So be careful about adding too much.

Because of my cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue, mentioned here, I am *trying to* reduce my caffeine intake to see if that helps in any way. Turmeric lattes are going to help me on that journey. I think I’m just slightly addicted to just the feeling of a warm drink in the morning, so this will be a great substitute to coffee.

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Check out the whole GoldynGlow line! The website has the products available (with some awesome new packaging), recipes and more info on why turmeric is so good for you!

Let me know if you’re into turmeric drinks or have any other fav coffee substitutes in the comments.

 

ILY,

nutMeg

What I’ve Been Loving Lately

I cannot believe that September is over–scratch that–I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by. Cliché, I know. September was a whirl wind month, but was also filled with some new things and favorites that I HAVE to share.

It’s officially fall and I want to say I’m all aboard the pumpkin spice train, but I just can’t get into it yet! It’s still 90 degrees outside so I’ll be taking my pumpkin spice lattes on ice until further notice. I’ve actually been loving making my own healthy version of the classic PSL at home.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 8 oz iced coffee
  • 4 oz of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of organic canned pumpkin
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg 😉
  • Ice

Blend it up and you’ve got a healthier & WAY cheaper PSL!

*And if you want to make it a protein shake, add a 1/2 of a frozen banana and only 4 oz of iced coffee.

My next fav is Athleta! They have great community events in each store where you can meet fun and like minded people, plus get a little shopping in too. I went to a Piloboxing (Pilates +Boxing) class at the Avalon location hosted by local fitness influencer, @FitLifeWithFran. I wasn’t expecting to get a real workout because it was a free event, but, girl, I was SWEATING!

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The best part was I got put on their email list and was invited to shop their fall sale early!

Here’s what I got at the sale:

 

This month I got my hormones tested (post coming soon) and I found out my adrenals get very fatigued and my cortisol levels, the stress hormone, could use some work. And a lot of this stems from me doing too many intense workouts with not enough time to rest.

So, I’ve been trying to practice what I preach and listen to my body. For example, I took a HIIT class at the UFC gym by my house the other day and my body was the sorest I think I’ve legit ever been! I had all of my workouts planned out for the rest of the week and usually I would have just pushed through and suffered even more, but my body was screaming “No, no, no!” It’s hard for me to do this because I feel guilty about not working out multiple days in a row, but I know it’s better for me in the long run to give my body rest.

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Also, I finally gave in and tried Purely Elizabeth granola. I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty pricey, but I do think it’s worth it. Knowing how expensive it is honestly helps with the portion control aspect! The granola I tried is infused with probiotics and all of their products are gluten free and free from artificial sugars. Investing in good quality products will be worth it in the long run! You can order it here.

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My last latest obsession lately is organic and toxic free skin care! I’m taking the whole “non-toxic life” transition slow. So far I’ve only replaced the products I have run out of. It’s ok to take it slow and not jump right into something. All of these products are very affordable, which was a nice surprise…see being healthy and using good products doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here’s what I’ve been loving:

If you’re curious how “clean” your beauty products are check this website. 

 

Hit me up in the comments on what you’ve been loving this month and what I should try next!

ILY,

nutMeg

My Favorite Podcasts & Why They Should Be Yours Too

If you’re thinking, ‘what the heck is a podcast?’ you need to get with the program! Podcasts are blowing up right now and have so much free info, they’re a great resource. If you know me at all, I’m constant listening to podcasts, some for fun and some that are more informational.

My subscription list is full of health, wellness and beauty shows and some that are just for fun! If you’ve never listened for yourself or want some new suggestions, here is a list of my 7 favorites (in no particular order):

The Balanced Blonde Podcast//Soul On Fire

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I am compliantly obsessed with anything Jordan Younger AKA, The Balanced Blonde. On the pod she openly discusses her yoga, spirituality and health journeys and how she tries to maintain the most balanced life she can. Jordan also has some primo guests like the CEO of Primal Kitchen, Jeannette Oldgen (@Shutthekaleup), Gabby Bernstein and Rachel Mansfield (@Rachlmansfield). If you don’t know these health/wellness gurus, no worries, Jordan dives deep with them and gets their whole story. I love all of the positivity this podcast brings me and I have definitely begun my own spiritual journey thanks to Jordan!

Juicy Scoop

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Heather McDonald brings ALL of the Hollywood juicy gossip! She’s got awesome celebrity guests who bring exclusive scoop in every episode. Plus, she recaps all of the Housewives drama and is bffs with some, talk about getting the juicy scoop! If you love Bravo, celeb gossip and juicy dating stories, Juicy Scoop is for you!

How I Built This

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Ever wonder how some of the biggest businesses got their start? Guy Raz interviews those business owners and they dish on how they literally built it! You can find Kendra Scott, Airbnb, Instagram and other HUGE company stories here. It’s totally inspiring and reassuring that these people had a ton of failures at first too.

That’s So Retrograde

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I love this podcast because it’s 2 bffs living in California talking about their regular lives and how they try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They keep it real and make health/spirituality/wellness very approachable, as it can be overwhelming to understand.

The LadyGang

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Ugh, what a trio! Becca Tobin, Keltie Knight and Jac Vanek are #GirlBosses in their own right and they host fabulous celebrity guests along with health & fitness practitioners to give us some bomb insider advice. I recently got my hormones tested from a  doctor who was on the show…post coming soon about that.

These girls keep it real and aren’t afraid to ask the experts your burning questions! They do a great job of incorporating their community (The Lady Gang) into each episode.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her

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Lauren Everts and her serial entrepreneur hubby, Michael, host this show! Lauren runs the blog The Skinny Confidential (my obsession). Her goal is to make celebrity beauty, fitness and health trends available to anyone. Along with Michael, they discuss how to start your own business and go into depth about marketing/branding, which personally I love. Whether you’re looking for some advice on how to start your own business or want to know the latest celebrity skin secret, check out this pod!

Straight Up With Stassi

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What can I say? I’m obsessed with Vanderpump Rules and Stassi Schroeder. Every time I listen I feel like I’m listening to best friend chat about her life. She keeps it real and isn’t afraid to discuss her very personal life. This is the podcast I turn on when I just need a good time!

 

Let me know if you listen to any of these and which I should check out next!

 

ILY,

nutMeg

 

 

P.S. If you don’t know how to listen, search “Podcasts” on your iPhone and the app should come up! All are free to download and you can listen online as well, check out the links above.

Misery Loves Company, But So Does Everything Else

We’ve all heard the phrase “misery loves company.” Dang is this true. When ever I put out negative energy, that is all I seem to get back and those are the people I attract as well. When you really think about it, when you’re sad or down why would you want more of that in your life?

I heard the phrase “Misery loves company, but so does everything else” on a podcast recently and it really resonated with me, especially in this new phase in my life.

A couple of months ago I got engaged, graduated from college, moved to Atlanta and started a new job all in the span of about 2 months. Talk about huge changes! And so fast!

With all of that, right now it’s so important to me to only have people in my life that make me better & I genuinely want to be around.

Happiness loves company.

Encouragement loves company.

Genuine people & honest friends love company.

See what I mean?

So in building new friendships and meeting people in this new phase in my life it’s so important to remember what you put out is what you get back.

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Yes, misery loves company but so does everything else. Your vibe attracts your tribe.

 

ILY,

nutMeg