The Best Candy Crushing Workout for Halloween – Fitness Friday

Indulging in too much candy this year? Combat it with this super simple 10-minute Candy-Crushing Workout!

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Happy Halloween friends! I sure do love this time of year. All the fun and spooky decorations. The kids all dressed up in fun costumes. But one thing I’m not a fan of… all the tempting candy! Right now, in my cabinet, I have a bag full of my son’s trunk-or-treat candy from last weekend, a bag of candy I’ll be taking to work, and one that I possibly bought just for myself (oops!). [Read more...]

If It’s Important to You, You Will Find a Way – Motivational Monday

Instead of giving yourself and others excuses, start asking yourself if your goals to get healthy and fit are really important to you. If it is, you will find a way. Not an excuse.

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If It’s Important to You, You Will Find a Way. If Not, You’ll Find an Excuse.

I think I’ve heard every excuse in the book. Heck, I’ve GIVEN every excuse in the book. Reasons why I just couldn’t find the time to workout and get closer to my fitness goals. There were plenty, and I just kept them coming. Maybe you do it to. You tell yourself your family has its needs and by catering to them instead of working out, you are making an okay decision. Or you didn’t sleep well the night before, so it’s okay to sleep in and miss your workout this time. Sure, family and sleep are definitely important parts of life, but you have to really ask yourself – is getting MYSELF healthy important??

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Biscotti

 Whether it’s hot chocolate or coffee, this Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pumpkin Biscotti is the perfect dunking cookie for your cold-weather beverage this fall!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pumpkin Biscotti - Whether it's hot chocolate or coffee, this biscotti is the perfect dunking cookie for your cold-weather beverage this fall! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I’m just gonna tell ya right now. This is photo-heavy lots more than word-heavy. I’m sorry. Not sorry. You will forgive me, I’m sure of it. I’ve been leading up to this day all week. Today is FINALLY National Pumpkin Day! With all the pumpkin recipes I shared with you over the last week, I’ve definitely saved the best one for today.

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Pumpkin Medicine Ball Workout – Fitness Friday

This Pumpkin Medicine Ball Workout is a fun festive twist on your normal workout.

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Okay, I’m just gonna come right out and say it. This is the silliest workout ever. Seriously. When I came across pictures of a woman in cat ears and whiskers exercising with a pumpkin, I definitely had a few laughs. But the fact that I’m actually running with it for Fitness Friday is what makes me crazy.

I completely understand if you just want to skip over this one because it just seems too strange to you, but I totally think it gets you in the Halloween mood! [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites #PumpkinWeek

These perfectly portioned Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites are made with a healthy crust, so there shouldn’t be any excuses for why you can’t indulge in these!

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites - Perfectly portioned. A Healthy Crust. No Excuses for why you can't indulge in these! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I just can’t. There aren’t really any words for the love I fell in over the past weekend when I sunk my teeth into this gem!

That’s right – this girl fell in love with pumpkin pie. A love for a squash that I merely only tolerated to please the masses. And I also had hopes that I’d finally understand what all the hype and the craze is all about. Well, with this recipe, I think I’m finally starting to get it! After about 4 of these mini pies, it’s safe to say that I am totally getting it… [Read more...]

Homemade Pumpkin Puree in Your Blendtec #PumpkinWeek

Instead of buying PUMPKIN PUREE off the shelves at your grocery store, why don’t you start at the source with a cute little sugar pumpkin and make it yourself? It’s so simple and can be done in no time!

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So I heard something the other day. I heard that it’s possible that what you’re getting in your can of pumpkin puree may not actually be pumpkin. It could be a completely different, somewhat related squash. (source) I don’t know about you, but I found that to be a bit shocking! When I buy a can of pumpkin, I expect it to have come from an orange pumpkin. Shouldn’t be that difficult, right?!

So instead of stocking up on a ton of canned pumpkin puree this year, I thought I’d do things a bit differently. I’d make my own. And I’d show you just how easy it is to do so. [Read more...]

Top 20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Sick of seeing all the ooey-gooey pumpkin recipes that aren’t going to get you any closer to reaching your health goals? Here are a more than twenty healthier recipes that are sure to keep you on track during pumpkin season!
20+ Healthy Pumpkin Recipes - Sick of seeing all the ooey-gooey pumpkin recipes that aren't going to get you any closer to reaching your health goals? Here are a bunch of healthier recipes that are sure to keep you on track during pumpkin season! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I don’t know about you, but sometimes seeing all those pumpkin desserts it just too dang tempting all of October and November. Although I do indulge here and there, I know that I can’t do it all the time. The great thing is that there are a whole bunch of healthier options out there for you to enjoy without sacrificing your health. I’ve gathered over 20 healthier pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy from all across the internet. Some sweet. Some savory. [Read more...]

You Only Get What You Put Into It – Motivational Monday

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You only get what you put into it. This applies to pretty much anything in life. But today, I’m really focusing on how it applies to our time working out. So often, I hear from people that they just aren’t able to lose weight despite the time they put in at the gym. I’ve put a lot of thought into why it is so hard for some women to lose weight even if they are working out on a daily basis. And then it hit me. After watching a ton of people working out, it all made sense to me.

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Pumpkin Peach Smoothie #PumpkinWeek

This Pumpkin Peach Smoothie is the perfectly healthy way to get your harvest spice flavors on to start your day!

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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I haven’t really posted anything pumpkin-y at all. It’s coming towards the end of October and I’m probably the only food blogger that hasn’t posted anything pumpkin. There may possibly be something wrong with that picture. But I have good news for you. I have joined up with some great bloggers to bring you some wonderful pumpkin recipes all week long. Today I’m bringing you something basic, but one of my fall staples to get my mornings started on a healthy note. [Read more...]

Hip Hop Zumba Workout – Fitness Friday #3

Don’t like the Latin style of Zumba? How about Zumba with a hip hop spin?? Try this Hip Hop Zumba Workout for a change!

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Fitness Friday. My favorite blog-day of the week, now that we get to play and discover new fun exercises on Fridays. What are your thoughts on Fitness Friday? Like it? Don’t care for it? Think you’ll use it? I’d love to know your thoughts.

So today, we’re actually playing with one of my absolute favorite ways to workout. ZUMBA! If you’ve never tried Zumba before, you’re probably thinking a couple different things: [Read more...]