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The following post was originally featured on Peanut Butter Fingers and written by Julie Fagan, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

I love quinoa. Ryan, on the other hand, is not 100 percent sold. He says it has a weird “earthy” flavor which is probably what I like most about it! Well, that and the fact that it’s a complete protein, offering all of the essential amino acids!

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Since both of us agree that the quinoa is a great thing to include in our diet from a nutritional standpoint, we still eat it a fair amount in our house. Earlier this month, I took some time in the kitchen to prepare a quinoa-based dinner that I thought Ryan would actually enjoy quite a bit since the quinoa flavor was all but hidden thanks to the delicious cheesy flavor from a handful of Swiss cheese wedges.

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We ended up enjoying this dish so much that I’ve made it two times since: Once as a side dish and I made another batch to have on hand in the refrigerator so I could scoop some out for lunch or as an easy snack option that’s a little more substantial and yummy than my typical snack fare.

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

Serves two as an entree, four as a side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 wedges of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring constantly until the onion is soft and translucent. Add quinoa to pot and toast for 90 seconds, stirring quickly and regularly.
2. Add broccoli and broth to pot and bring temperature up to a medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow everything to simmer, stirring every other minute or so, until most of the broth is absorbed.
3. Add The Laughing Cow creamy Swiss light cheese wedges, and stir until the cheese is melted and the quinoa and broccoli are coated.

This recipe is rather versatile when it comes to what veggies you wish to incorporate. If you aren’t the biggest broccoli fan, perhaps spinach or cauliflower might be a better fit? Play around and change it up a bit! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do in our house!

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What is one of your favorite ways to enjoy quinoa?

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What’s so bad about refined sugars? The list just keeps getting longer. For one, studies have shown what anyone who’s fallen hard into a deep doughnut-filled hole knows all too well: the more refined sugar we eat, the more we crave it. Sugar addiction is real; when we eat sugary foods, the same feel-good parts in the brains as for drugs, alcohol, and smoking light up. In addition, studies have found that sugar actually ages you; the newest, published this month, found that sugary drinks like soda speed up the body’s aging process by shortening the length of your chromosomes. Translation: downing a can of soda sends a sugar shock to the system that makes you older, faster.

It’s no secret that a sugar habit is the culprit for many health-related conditions. Eating too much refined sugar has been linked to cancer, liver damage, heart failure, and other serious conditions. “Excess sugar is killing us – we’re hooked and we don’t even know it,” says nutritionist Kathie Dolgin, author of Sugar Savvy Solution. She notes that many of us eat four times the amount of added sugar we are supposed to, often without even knowing it, thanks to hidden, added sugars in common food products. “Sugar hides in surprising foods – not just candy or sweets – that we consume every day and all have in our kitchen,” Kathie says. So even if you’re doing your best to resist cookie cravings, filling your diet with processed foods probably means you’re still eating too much of the sweet stuff.

So, what can you do to cut sugar cravings to feel and look your best? Here are some tips that can help you enjoy refined sugar in moderation (which, according to American Heart Association guidelines, is 24 grams or six teaspoons of sugar a day):

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As if you thought you made every healthy pumpkin recipe you could possibly make this Fall, here’s another one to blow your Autumn-recipe-loving mind. These protein balls have all the warm spices you adore from a pumpkin pie, but with 77 calories per bite, you can satisfy your cravings without succumbing to that ever-annoying holiday weight gain.

This recipe offers a healthy dose of protein and fiber, but since these cookie-dough-like balls are rolled in chopped chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds, this snack feels more like a treat. You can whip up a batch and store them in your fridge to enjoy whether you need to refuel after a tough workout (two balls equal 148 calories and offer 6.8 grams of protein and 3.4 grams of fiber) or to quench your insatiable sweet tooth. Plus it’s dairy and gluten free!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

Notes

This recipe can easily be made gluten free as long as your oats and protein powder are also gluten free.

Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup rolled oats


1/2 cup dates, pitted (about 6)


7 ounces pumpkin puree


1 serving vanilla-plant-based protein powder (about 35 grams)


1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


1/8 teaspoon cloves


4 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds


2 tablespoons mini dairy-free chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Add the almonds, oats, dates, pumpkin puree, protein powder, and spices to the food processor. Turn on until a choppy dough forms, several minutes.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the raw pumpkin seeds, and pulse until combined so the pumpkin seeds remain a little coarse. The dough will be slightly sticky.
  3. In a small food processor or NutriBullet, quickly chop the remaining 2 tablespoons of pumpkins seeds with the chocolate chips – this only takes 1 second; you want it chopped, not powdery. Pour mixture into a small bowl.
  4. Roll dough into 20 balls, roll each in the pumpkin seed and chocolate chip topping, and place on a clean cookie sheet.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to set. Store uneaten balls in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Nutrition

Calories per serving
77

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When it comes to solo workouts, many women tend to focus on working their legs and core but forget all about their upper body. However, if you’re going for that allover toned look (and well, aren’t we all?), it’s time to stop ignoring your arms! Expert trainer and KIND spokesperson Jennifer Cohen created a fun and effective arm workout using moves from her new book Strong Is the New Skinny to help you build strength and sculpt the defined arms you’re pining after. Repeat this seven-move circuit three times for a complete arm workout.

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The following post was originally featured on Fitnessista and written by Gina H., who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Another thing on the Fall-is-awesome list: the slow cooker. This is one of my most beloved kitchen appliances, and something I’ve used frequently since receiving it as a wedding gift, years ago. The slow cooker makes amazing soups, curries, and chilis, but some of my favorite uses are more unconventional: cooking butternut squash with a some water, making Mexican hot chocolate, chocolate cake, corn bread, and lasagna. Something I had yet to make successfully in the slow cooker: oatmeal.

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I think the water-to-oats ratio eluded me, as I was often left with a crusty, burnt, oaty abomination. I called it quits until a kind reader-friend told me the magic secret. (Thank you again, Sandra!)

Part 1: Use steel-cut oats. In the past, I’d always used old-fashioned, and it didn’t usually turn out well.

Part 2: 4 cups water to 1 cup steel-cut oats.

The end.

It actually worked!!

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Since I didn’t know what was going to happen, I added some of my favorite Fall ingredients to somehow soften the blow if the oats were charbroiled. (Looking back, it makes no sense at all, but totally did in the mad Frankenstein delirium I felt while putting this together.)

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In the slow cooker:
2 cups steel-cut oats
8 cups water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
2 apples, peeled and sliced
A few long strands of lemon zest (to remove after cooking)
1/4 cup brown sugar

This cooked overnight, on low, for about 8-10 hours.

This is perfect for Sunday meal prep, as you can store portions in the fridge or freezer, ready to go. In the morning, all you have to do is add a little milk, if you like, along with some chia seeds, coconut, nut butter, or slivered almonds.

For me, it was an awesome breakfast number two after teaching Bodypump, along with a side of scrambled eggs.

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Let me know if you give it a try! Have you made oats in the slow cooker? What’s one of your favorite or more unique slow-cooker uses? I’m always looking for more ideas to enjoy this Fall.

I say Fall, but it’s really, like, 80 degrees here. Just gonna roll with it.

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