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My name is Gabby.  

I lost half my body weight through exercise and eating right.

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PUMPKIN PIE PUDDING

PUMPKIN PIE PUDDING

Warning: Adult language

Please do not read any further if you are offended by adult language.

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Today I am presenting you with an absolutely scrumptious Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding! Yes, I know I just posted a recipe for chia seed pudding a few weeks ago. But that was Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Pudding... this is very different! You wanna know why it's so different. I'll tell ya why.

BECAUSE PUMPKIN SPICE! That's why!

I look forward all year to when there's pumpkin spice everything! Oh hell yeah. Mama can't get enough. I know there's enough of you pumpkin freaks out there to feel me on this. My husband thinks I'm insane. He doesn't jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon in the Fall, or ever. He won't turn down a piece of pumpkin pie, I'll say that, but anything else? Nope. He's not a fan. I know, I don't understand it either. It's a huge flaw in an otherwise perfect husband. It's a good thing I love him so much and that he scores mostly A's in the spousal department. Because his big fat F minus with the No-Love-For-Pumpkin-Stuff could really eff up his GPA if I wasn't so forgiving.

So let me tell you why my pumpkin spice naysayer of a husband loves my newest chia seed recipe. It tastes like the one and only pumpkin food that he loves!

PUMPKIN PIE, BITCHES!

Oh that's right. You heard me. This pudding is like eating the inside of a pumpkin pie. The best part? It's healthy! Actually, wait... if I really think about it, that's a lie. The best part is that it's really friggin good. But it's a bonus that it's healthy too. And I'm not talkin' a little bit healthy. I'm talkin' a whole lot healthy! 

My friends always ask me how I can come up with such yummy recipes that are still healthy. The answer is simple. I always have been and always will be a foodie at heart. I love food and I love sweets. I love it all. Believe me, this caused me problems for many years. I failed at losing weight for over a decade because of it. I would try to go on diets eating bird food and rice cakes and that's just no damn way to live. I can't do it. I won't do it. I need to eat delicious food. And guess what? I need dessert. Maybe not every single day and definitely not every single meal, but I'm not going to deprive myself. Depriving yourself for long periods of time causes mad lengthy binges to happen. I've lived it too many times to think otherwise.

I found success when I started making healthy versions of the unhealthy foods that I craved all the time. I did lots of research on health foods and superfoods (like the chia seed) and I started incorporating them into my recipes. Let me tell you something else, spices and herbs are your friends. I never really cooked or baked too much before with spices and herbs before my journey. I let saturated fats, sugar, and salt season most of my food. This pumpkin pie pudding I'm sharing with you today is delicious because of the spices. They make it scrumptious! 

Both of my daughters love pumpkin spice anything just like their mama. Papa bear really is the odd man out in our house. My youngest, Jossy, has discovered a new way to eat the pumpkin pie pudding. She spreads hers on Ezekiel toast! I know, I was skeptical too... until I tasted it! I asked her what made her even try that and she said she wanted to have 'crust' with her pumpkin pie. Yup, she's my kid. No doubt about it. I prefer to eat this pudding with a big, giant spoon but hey however way my kid wants to eat this healthy snack is fine by me.

If you're not familiar with Ezekiel bread, it's a wonderful alternative to traditional bread. The Food For Life Baking Company has many Ezekiel products on the market. All of which are completely flourless and made with only freshly sprouted certified organic grains. They actually use the bread recipe that is in the bible, "Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel..." Ezekiel 4:9. This is the earth's bread that we were always meant to eat, NOT the processed junk that is stocked on the bread shelves today. Today's breads are stripped of their natural goodness because of the harsh processing. I also want to mention that even though I have a sensitivity to gluten, Ezekiel products do not bother my system whatsoever! Food For Life does in fact offer gluten-free Ezekiel breads but the regular products don't cause me any problems. 

If your local store carries Ezekiel breads, you'll find them in the frozen section (usually either in the frozen organic section or the frozen bread section). I recommend that you keep them in the freezer at home as well and only take out bread as you use it. Ezekiel bread is completely preservative-free. Just a few days on your counter and it will start getting yucky. However, if you keep it in your freezer, it will last a very long time!

This is my youngest daughter's favorite Ezekiel bread. My favorites are the Ezekiel English muffins, both the plain and the cinnamon raisin. Yum!

 

I will also take this opportunity to declare that this pumpkin pie pudding was in fact approved by the Pumpkin Spice Police. 

I really need to straighten out my picture frames! WTH? How do I walk past that every day and not see it?

It may take another 17 years together but at some point I'm going to convert this son of a bitch. He will become a member of the Pumpkin Spice Cult if it kills me! I will make it my life's work! Okay okay, you got me. I really just want to keep making pumpkin shit so I can eat it all and then occasionally maybe ask him if he wants to try it. I really don't care if he's in the cult or not. There's enough of us psychotic pumpkin spice lunatics out there already. Quite frankly, I scare myself. We should be trying to thin out the pumpkin herd, not recruit more of us crazy bitches. Besides, what if there gets to be too many of us Scary Spice Girls and the world can't supply us with enough pumpkin products? Omg, let's not even go there.

I have to take a mini break from the article to share something. I'm always doing impromptu photo shoots for my blog. My family has come to accept it. They go along with it because, well... because I make life hard for them if they don't. Hehe. So as I was snapping pics of the hubs while he was trying to peacefully eat his pumpkin pie pudding, I made a comment that his hand looked like a mutant hand that didn't belong on his arm. 

You can see by his reaction that he didn't quite think it was as funny as I did. While he was trying to eat his pudding in peace, I continued to make fun of him and his King Kong hand. 

I reminded him that I'm adorable and that he loves me a whole bunch. He completely agreed that he'd be lost without me and that he could never love anything more. I have proof that he actually uttered those exact words in this next pic...

Yup. He loves me.

Okay, before I give you pumpkin psychos this recipe, I want to talk about the amazing health benefits of cinnamon. Not many people know just how incredibly healthy it is for you. I know, you're probably wondering why I don't want to talk about chia seeds. Well I just recently talked all about the benefits of chia seeds in my Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding post a few weeks ago, so I'm going to pick a different lesson for today. If you missed my chia seed post, you can read it here. And if you have no interest in learning about chia seeds, hop over there anyway to get the pudding recipe. It's delicious!

I went to a conference at the beginning of this year called, "Spices As Natural Medicines" and it was presented by Merrily Kuhn, RN, CCRN(r), Ph.D., ND, Ph.D. It was absolutely phenomenal! If you ever have an opportunity to attend one of her classes and hear her speak, do so! I learned so much in just one day. I refer to my class materials all the time. Dr. Kuhn is such a wealth of information. I learned so much about spices and their healing abilities. I love learning about all of the natural medicines that the earth provides for us. 

Cinnamon not only makes food and drinks yummy, it is soooo good for us! Did you ever hear of Ceylon Cinnamon? Neither did I before my conference. Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) is what is also called 'True Cinnamon'. It is the finest quality of cinnamon and it has the most health benefits. If you can, I would recommend trying it. I thought it would be exactly the same as regular ground cinnamon (Cassia cinnamon) but it has a sweeter taste and it even smells bolder. I can taste the difference but even if I couldn't, it's healthier for you so you win either way.

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This is the Ceylon cinnamon that I use. I ordered mine off of Amazon. I keep this container right out on my counter. I even put a teaspoon of cinnamon in my cups of coffee! Hey, don't knock it.

As far back as 4,000 years ago, cinnamon was considered a very rare and valuable spice that was reserved only for royalty as gifts of devotion. It was revered like the finest of gold. Cinnamon has been used medicinally for centuries. Here's just a few of the reasons why!

BENEFITS OF CINNAMON

1. A natural anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon lowers both swelling and inflammation. It also helps relieve sore muscles. If you suffer from ANY kind of pain, whether temporary or chronic, cinnamon can offer much relief! You probably have some in your pantry right now. Get on that!

2. Controls blood sugar.

Cinnamon is excellent for diabetics! Cinnamon blocks alanines, which are enzymes that facilitate sugar to be absorbed into the bloodstream. When you eat cinnamon with a meal, your body actually absorbs less sugar. This is wonderful news for everybody, but especially for diabetics or those of you who are dealing with insulin resistance.

{I had a lot of issues with insulin resistance in the beginning of my journey and had a very difficult time losing weight because of it. In addition to ingesting cinnamon every day, find out how I beat my insulin resistance and started losing weight by reading my article, "IN THE VERY BEGINNING, IT WAS TOUGH AS HELL".}

Note:

If you take diabetes medicine, please consult your doctor before taking therapeutic doses of cinnamon. Because cinnamon is so effective in lowering blood sugar, you don't want to end up bringing your sugar down too low. 

3. A natural anti-bacterial.

Studies have shown that cinnamon is one of the strongest natural anti-bacterials on the planet. Cinnamon will kill all of the bacteria in your stomach. Cinnamon can also alleviate nausea in minutes.

*If you have high amounts of bacteria in your stomach and drink cinnamon tea, you will find yourself burping. This is how you know the bacteria is being killed! That's just amazing to me!

Here's an easy recipe for cinnamon tea:

Cinnamon Tea

Whatchu Need:

  • 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick or regular cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 black tea bag (reg or decaf)
  • Stevia or other natural sweetener (optional)

Whatchu Do:

  1. Put cinnamon stick in a mug
  2. Add boiling water and steep for 10-12 minutes
  3. Add your tea bag and steep for 3 more minutes
  4. Add sweetener (optional)

 

4. High amounts of antioxidants.

Antioxidants reduce free radical damage. Studies suggest that free radicals can play a part in causing cancer.  So reducing these suckers is definitely something that sounds good to me! Antioxidants also slow down our aging process. Uh, sign me up for that shit, please.

Antioxidants play a big part in brain health as well. They help cognitive function and protect brain cells from mutating. Research shows it's because of this that cinnamon can protect us from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Cinnamon is one of the top seven antioxidants in the world. Antioxidants help heal our body from wear and tear. They help repair every last part of that bod of yours. Everything from skin to organs. 

5. Improves heart health.

Cinnamon not only lowers your bad cholesterol (LDL), but it raises your good cholesterol (HDL). That's not all it does for your ticker. It also helps lower blood pressure. Cinnamon has been proven to increase blood circulation and help thin the blood.

Note:

Cinnamon actually helps thin the blood so much that you need to be very careful not to mix high doses of cinnamon with blood thinning medication. Please talk to your doctor about ingesting cinnamon daily if you are taking any kind of blood thinner.

6. Treats PMS.

Uh, hello? If I can be less of a raging bitch before Shark Week, hell to the yes. It seems the older I get, the more my periods do a number on me. Aaaaaand I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but I'm guessing my hubs would agree with me.

7. Enhances mood.

Here's a fun study (yes, they do exist). Wheeling Jesuit University did a study on road rage. Yup, you read that right! In this study, it was found that just by sniffing cinnamon, drivers had less frustration and irritability. They also found that smelling cinnamon kept you more alert and awake. No wonder I love burning my cinnamon candles every Fall! They keep the rage away! There's several local stores that I frequent who line their entrances with giant bins of cinnamon scented acorns.

I took this pick right outside of Giant Eagle, a grocery store I frequent.

It smells so heavenly. No wonder they do this! They want you to be in a great mood walking in their store so you buy all kinds of shit you don't need! What a marketing ploy!

Btw, in this same study, it was discovered that smelling peppermint had the same effect as cinnamon.

I have to say though, I am so curious as to how they got the drivers in their study to get pissed off. I mean did they have someone sitting in the passenger side calling them names and making fun of their mamas? "Your mama is so ugly when she tried to join an ugly contest they said, sorry, no professionals.... oh you mad, bro? Yeah? Good, hurry up and sniff this cinnamon stick!" Haha. Seriously though, I wanna know!

8. Weight loss.

Cinnamon boosts your metabolism. Always a good thing for dropping the pounds!

9. Lowers cancer risk.

Studies have shown that cinnamon stops cancer tumor growth while at the same time it encourages cancer cells to commit suicide (a process called apoptosis). In addition to treating people with cinnamon who currently have cancer, even more research has been approved to look into supplementing those who are at high risk for cancer with cinnamon to prevent the cancer from ever forming in the first place. Isn't that just amazing?!

10. This could go on forever!

Okay, I gotta throw a slew of benefits all into this last one or else we could be here all day! I'm closing it out with this down and dirty quick list:

  • Treats ADHD symptoms
  • Prevents and cures Candida
  • Reduces Irritable Bowel symptoms
  • Improves teeth and gum health
  • Fights allergies
  • Treats sore throats and coughs
  • Natural bug repellent 
  • Treats toe fungus
  • Preserves food naturally
  • Sweetens foods without added sugar

Dem some weighty facts there, eh?  I don't know about you but my mind is just completely blown away by what cinnamon can do for us. I mean, we should all be downing this stuff. Well actually... yours truly already does :)

Maybe that's why bugs don't come near me. I never get bit. I haven't had a mosquito bite in over five years. I could be sitting with a sea of people all getting eaten alive and I never get even one bite. With all that cinnamon I eat, my blood probably smells and tastes like a cinnamon stick which bugs hate!

So now that you basically want to go roll around naked in cinnamon while sucking on cinnamon sticks, would you like for me to actually give you the friggin recipe for my pumpkin pie pudding?? I know, I've made you wait so long for it. I'm sorry (not really). I'm also sorry about the naked cinnamon rolling image (not really). I gotta get this shit engrained in your brain somehow, don't I? You can give the people volumes of incredible information and you'll still get a yawn here and there. But say the word naked and everyone is front and center. You see, I gots my own marketing ploy going on. Some people line their walkways with yummy smelling cinnamon acorns. I on the other hand, just say the word naked. Whatevs.

Let's get to this deliciousness, shall we? I'm tellin' you. You want to eat this. 

PUMPKIN PIE CHIA SEED PUDDING

Makes four 1/2 cup servings.

Printable Recipe

WHATCHU NEED:

WHATCHU DO:

1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds and puree in blender.

Puree until well blended.

2. Stir in chia seeds

The chia seeds will expand up to 10x their size once the pudding is done. This will make the pudding thicker.

3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until set and enjoy!

 

Note:

Never eat plain, dry chia seeds. Make sure they have been mixed with food or liquid before consuming. Chia seeds expand 10x their size and if you consume a large amount dry (not sure why anyone would), they can expand in your esophagus or belly and cause discomfort.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serving size = 1/2 cup

Pumpkin Pie Pudding w/ Stevia:

  • 104 Calories
  •     4g Fat
  •   13g Carbohydrates
  •     6g Fiber
  •     5g Sugar
  •     4g Protein

Pumpkin Pie Pudding w/ Honey:

  • 149 Calories
  •     4g Fat
  •   25g Carbohydrates
  •     6g Fiber
  •   17g Sugar
  •    4g Protein

 

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