Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It’s that time of year! And I really can’t believe it. November and December are by far my most favorite months of the year, the weather, the festivities, the clothes, and of course, the food! But this year I’m just really not ready yet. I’ve been known to break out the Christmas music mid-October when I’m in my car by myself, but not so much this year. In fact I haven’t even listened to a holiday tune yet! I did get a really decadent cinnamon-y candle though. I can’t figure it out, but maybe this chilly morning is finally what I needed to get my holiday spirit in full gear.

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So if you’re like me and not quiet ready for the holiday-palooza, this smoothie will help us all make an easy transition into holiday food. This pumpkin spice smoothie isn’t overly sweet and the pumpkin packs plenty of fiber helping you stay fuller longer. Always a bonus this season when a few extra pieces of pie seem inevitable. Best of all, this recipe is vegan, aka no dairy, so everybody can rejoice and enjoy!

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For the full tutorial and recipe, check out my post here on Brit+Co.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie_ 4Do you have any healthy twists on holiday favorites? Tell me below!

Strawberry Lemon Mint Fat Flush Water

I have been seeing all these pretty fresh fruit waters and thought hey I want some! Then I realized it’s all part of this fat flush water trend. Thanks Dr.Oz.

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I still really wanted to try the waters, so I grabbed the fresh stuff I had in the fridge and decide to try my own! Plus, I had just gotten these blue ball jars and really needed something to show them off with. I mean, hello, blue glass, so pretty. Ok maybe I’m just a total sucker for unnecessary kitchen items. Especially if they are of the copper or blue variety 😉

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strawberry, lemon and mint in mine! After doing a little more research, it looks like cucumber, grapefruit and celery are also very popular for fat flush waters. The combos are really just up to you and your taste buds! And I happen to be having a romantic love affair with lemons right now. I buy them by the bag full and even keep some at my desk. So lemons were an obvious choice for my water.

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Another thing I love about these ball jars, other than their utter cuteness, is how useful they are for storing the fat flush water.

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Just add water, all the freshies, screw the top back on and boom! Water for the week. Perfect for taking to the office or wherever else you might be off too!

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Enjoy!

What are your fav fruit water combos?

Quick & Easy Pasta Lunch

First off, thanks everyone for bearing with me the past month as things slowed down here on the blog a little bit. I switched jobs, so was a little busy distracted adjusting to a new routine. Needless to say, loving the new gig but happy to be settling into a new groove and ready to get back to blogging!

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Since I’ve written a lot about breakfasts lately, I decided to do a few lunch posts! Today it’s chicken pasta salad! And I even made it the super easy cheater way. This is one of those perfect make it on Sunday or Monday and eat it a few times throughout the week!

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