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Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake on Red and Honey (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

I love pancakes. I love pumpkin pancakes (like these Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes), but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up. A pumpkin mug cake is the perfect single-serving, quick-cooking, little pancake!

This recipe is only a handful of real-food ingredients, as well as some aromatic pumpkin pie spice (seriously, your house will smell amazing after you make this). Plus, it’s such a quick weeknight breakfast, or a healthy dessert. A few minutes in the microwave, and you have a yummy meal or snack!

Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

As it’s made with high-fiber coconut flour, it’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and SCD-legal. It’s also sugar-free, and uses only 1/2 of a mashed banana to sweeten. 

Some of my best friends came to visit for the weekend recently, and they helped me recipe test this to get it just right for you. It was so fun! What I love about this recipe is that you can adjust the moisture and spice level easily… too dry? add a little non-dairy milk or a tiny bit more coconut oil; want more spice? add another pinch of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon! 

Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

And, the toppings. You can tell I like my toppings. From chopped apple to berries, this mug cake is the perfect base for adding on some delish toppings! 

Click here for the recipe for a Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake on Red and Honey! 

 

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MTG is back! Updates on Life, Food, Health, and What’s Coming Next

Hi, guys! It’s been while since my last blog post. I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to share some fun things up my sleeve!

The past few weeks have been quite full, and life seemed to get in the way of sitting down to write. Between weekly business trips (did you know I work full-time in health policy?), a bad cold, and trying to recover from a stomach infection, what little time I had at home was spent resting. It was a great  hard learning experience in priorities and letting go – more on that below.

But! I hope you’ve been keeping up with me on social media. I post on Instagram daily – snapshots of my day-to-day life, my latest recipes, eats, healthy living tips, pics of my pup, Kaya, and my latest gluten-free/dairy-free food finds.  

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Some of my recent eats – click on my Instagram feed to see more.

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know I’ve been even more about the food prep lately and have been also trying to focus on wellness – resting, meditation, and gentle exercise in an effort to help my body heal. I’ve been struggling the past several months with getting rid of an infection in the small intestines called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

Although I’m still trying to get used to being more open about my personal life, I have seen this condition everywhere lately, so I thought I might help others by sharing my experiences.

Along with antibiotics, treatment can include a very restrictive diet to try to starve the bad bacteria. For the last month, I’ve been trying to stick to the the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), which is free of grains, dairy, sugar, soy, legumes, starch, and limited nuts/seeds, so prepping my food is a MUST.

I’ve been gluten-free, dairy-free, and mostly sugar-free for the past eight years, but this seemed unrealistic, especially with a business trip every week. After a short freak-out session (hey, I’m human!), I got on the internet (Pinterest), for some inspiration and got to brainstorming. 

Luckily, I’m now able to add some foods in back in, but with long days at the office and travel every week, if I don’t have food ready to eat, it’s not going to be pretty. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely one to get ‘hangry’. 

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Needless to say, food prep is necessary.

Here are some of my top tips for food prep.

And, check out my featured Sunday Food Prep pictures/plans featured here and here.

Also, take a look at my Healthy Fast Food Options Part 1 and Part 2 for more ideas. 

Food prep collage

I also wanted to share some posts that have been helpful for me. Going through an illness, experiencing a flare-up of a chronic condition, or even just going through a period of feeling more tired than usual can throw you out of whack in parts of your life that you may least expect it.

Yes, your physical health may suffer, but don’t forget about your mental, spiritual, and emotional health. From having it affect your relationships, to your performance at work, to having to skip workouts, to feeling totally discouraged or angry… it’s understandable if you’re going through something and feeling ‘off’. Cut yourself some slack and do what you need to do to take care of yourself (I know, I know, easier said than done, but check out these resources for help):

Just for today, I prioritize what I need to feel healthy. It’s all about empowerment.

This spoke to me.  

Key ways to cope with an illness

When I got angry at myself for not being ‘up to par’.

These tips for self-love.

This inspirational video brings tears to my eyes every time. The power of movement, letting go, facing fear, and being vulnerable. 

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All of that said, I’m looking forward to getting back on the blogging wagon! I’ve got a 5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake recipe coming at you in a couple days, plus a pumpkin smoothie, a peak into my favorite non-toxic beauty products, a fun video, and more. Thanks for being here, friends, and have a great week.

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5 Ways to Go Green In the Kitchen Post on My Heart Beets

5 Ways to Go Green in The Kitchen on My Heart Beets

Photo credit: My Heart Beets, http://myheartbeets.com/5-ways-go-green-kitchen/

Whether you’re trying to eat cleaner food, cut out toxic chemicals in your life, or want to be friendlier to the environment, check out these 5 tips for an ecofriendly kitchen! From food to cookware to saying no to plastic bags, I’ve got you covered. And, remember, no one is perfect and every little bit helps, so don’t stress and just do what you can! 

I’m honored to post over at My Heart Beets this week – head on over to get your non-toxic living tips. Click here to see the post!

 

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Friday Favorites 9.26.14: New links, recipes, meditations, and more

Favorite Fall Recipes, Meditations, Resources, and More for Friday Favorites 9.26
 
Happy Friday! TGIF. Can you believe it’s officially fall? My husband and I snuck in one last trip to the Jersey shore last week. We took the pup and met my parents for a long weekend – it was wonderful soaking up the last days of summer. 
 
Our trip to the NJ Shore
 
I think fall might be my favorite season. When we were in Los Angeles, I definitely missed the change in seasons, and now that we’re in New Jersey, I’m excited for cooler temps, pumpkins, and boots.
 

I held onto summer as long as I could, though. After moving to Princeton smack in the middle of a brutal winter last year, I wanted to savor every second of summer with these Cinnamon Grilled Peaches, Blueberry Coconut Mini Muffins with Lemon Frosting, and this Mango Chia Pudding Parfait, but now I’m ready, and it seems like you guys are, too!

What kinds of fall recipes would you like to see on Made to Glow? 

My favorites from last year are the Chocolate Pumpkin Parfait, Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes, and the Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie (which are all also the most popular posts on MTG right now!). 
 
Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe on madetoglow.com)

I love the fall recipes floating around Pinterest lately. And, I’ve seen a ton of fall recipes with coconut flour recently – it seems like everyone’s on the coconut flour bandwagon, which I love. I like to bake with coconut flour (I like this one and this one) because it’s gluten-free, subtly sweet (so you can use less added sweetener), and high in fiber. Here are some tasty-looking treats with coconut flour that I saw this week:
 
Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes from FemFusion Fitness
Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Flour Cupcakes from The Nourishing Gourmet
Pumpkin Coffee Cake from PaleOMG
Best Apple Crisp Recipe from Wellness and Workouts 

Other favorite links from this week:

Gluten-free, Vegan Fudge Chunk and Berry Shortcake Popsicles

Fudge Chunk (left) and Berry Shortcake (right)

Did you catch this Mango Nectarine Smoothie (+ 8 Tips for the Best Smoothies) and Late Summer Loaded Veggie Salad on Red and Honey recently? I’ve just been asked to become a regular contributor! Keep your eyes out for more guest posts around the web about natural digestion aides, ways to ‘green’ your kitchen, and more.
 
Lastly, I’m delighted to announce that Alicia won the Flackers and Seedsters Giveaway! Congrats, and thanks to all for entering. If you didn’t win, you can still find a discount code here
 
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
 

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Flackers Crackers & Seedsters Review, GIVEAWAY, and Discount Code

I have an awesome review, giveaway, and discount code for you guys today! The lovely folks at Doctor in the Kitchen sent me two huge sample packs of their Flackers crackers and their newest line, Seedsters. They’re also generously sharing variety packs of both with one lucky winner!

You guys know I’m a huge fan of chia, flax, hemp, and other seeds, so you can imagine I was pretty excited to receive these variety packs! What I love about these crunchy crackers is that they use a short list of real-food ingredients – no nasty stuff – and taste yummy while adding a good amount of nutrition to your day. I’ve loved sharing my variety packs with friends and coworkers, and have gotten many of them hooked. Both are perfect for dipping and munching, and come in a variety of flavors.

See my review of both the Flackers and Seedsters, my favorite flavors and suggested uses, and a discount code for grabbing your own below! 

Seedsters & Flackers Variety Pack for the Made to Glow Review and Giveaway

Flackers

These crunchy crackers are made with organic, sprouted flax seeds, making them easier to chew, digest and be absorbed by your body. They are dehydrated at low temperatures to ensure that all the nutrients, including the omega-3’s and important enzymes remain vitalized and stable. They’re also:

  • Gluten free, raw, vegan, and nut free;
  • Contain a good amount of fiber, protein, and Omega 3’s (See Nutrition Info Here); and
  • Made of real food, organic ingredients.

The Cinnamon and Currants flavor is my favorite (pictured below), and was also the most popular among friends and colleagues. They’re delicious slathered with nut butter and sliced figs! I also like the Savory flavor covered with hummus or fresh avocado. I’m already planning to use the Rosemary Flackers with a creamy bean dip during the holidays. 

Cinnamon and Currants Flackers

Seedsters

Seedsters are a sprouted seed snack made with sunflower, flax, and chia seeds. I think I might even like them more than the Flackers – something about their small size makes them perfect for dipping, munching, or breaking up into small seed clusters to throw on salads, oatmeal, yogurt, and more. They’re also:

  • Gluten free, raw, and vegan;
  • Contain a good amount of fiber, protein, and Omega 3’s (See Nutrition Info Here); and
  • Made of real food, organic ingredients.

Again, my favorite flavor is the Cinnamon and Currants – perfect for throwing into my steel cut oats (as pictured below with peanut butter, coconut shreds, and cacao nibs) or in my fall Chocolate Pumpkin Parfait. I also love throwing the other flavors, especially the Sweet Onion and Garlic, into salads to act as ‘croutons’. The only bad part about them is they get in your teeth, so make sure to floss after to avoid a speckled smile ;) 

Seedsters giveaway on Made to Glow - get your variety pack!

Win a variety pack of Seedsters on Made to Glow

Want your own variety packs of Flackers and Seedsters?

Doctor in the Kitchen has kindly offered to gift 1 reader with a variety pack of Flackers (5 varieties) or Seedsters (4 varieties)! This giveaway will run until 11:59pm PST Thursday, September 25, 2014. I will randomly pick and announce the winner Friday, September 26th.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post letting me know you want to enter to win the Flackers and Seedsters variety packs. 

Good luck! No purchase is necessary. The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by email for a shipping address to receive the variety packs. 

BUT! In case you don’t win…

All Made to Glow readers will receive 20% off their purchases from Doctor In the Kitchen.com. Use the code madetoglow at checkout through December 31, 2014. 

Flackers and Seedsters can be found at Whole Foods Markets and various health food stores throughout the country (for locations, click here). You can also find them online in the Made to Glow Amazon Shop or through the links below (your support is sincerely appreciated) or www.drinthekitchen.com.

Purchase my favorites:

UPDATE: Alicia won this giveaway. Thank you to all who entered!

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Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary variety pack of Flackers and Seedsters, but I am under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase any products through the links in this post, Made to Glow will earn a small commission which helps to support the development of the site and is sincerely appreciated. I only recommend products that I use myself and recommend to clients. Thank you!