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Thought I’d switch things up and post one of my favorite recipes! Here’s a tasty seasonal change up from your regular bread/biscuit!
- 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/3 cup fat-free buttermilk
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Chill 10 minutes.
- Combine buttermilk and honey, stirring with a whisk until well blended; add canned pumpkin. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moist.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times. Roll dough into a (1/2-inch-thick) 9 x 5–inch rectangle; dust top of dough with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds (as if folding a piece of paper to fit into an envelope). Reroll dough into a (1/2-inch-thick) 9 x 5–inch rectangle; dust top of dough with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds; gently roll or pat to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 1 3/4-inch biscuit cutter to form 14 dough rounds. Place dough rounds, 1 inch apart, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400° for 14 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan; cool 2 minutes on wire racks. Serve warm.
I tried this recipe yesterday and it was delicious, you really get the strong pumpkin flavors and it’s a great seasonal side dish!
If you’d like to make this a bit healthier, you can substitute the flour with some whole wheat pastry flour. Enjoy!
*Courtesy of myrecipes.com*
MSG stands for monosodium glutamate and is added to foods to provide flavor. It’s a form of sodium and is commonly added to canned soups, canned vegetables, different processed meats and some types of Chinese food.
The FDA has recognized MSG as a generally safe ingredient. However, MSG still remains a topic that is highly debated. For this reason, it is mandated that companies let consumers know right on the packaging if the product contains MSG.
Over the past few decades, the FDA has received several reports of people suffering adverse effects due to eating food that contains MSG. This is known as MSG symptom complex and contains side effects such as headache, chest pain, nausea, weakness and numbness or tingling in the face and neck regions (this may also be accompanied by a hot sensation).
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much convincing research that can link MSG with these symptoms. Scientists do acknowledge however, that a very small percentage of people will have negative reactions to MSG. These are mild and don’t usually require any special treatment.
My opinion on MSG is the same as when I’m talking about processed foods, keep it to a minimum! Personally, I think it’s kind of funny that they have to add MSG to food. This is because it’s basically like saying, “Oh, our food product tastes like crap so we need to add this into it.”
MSG pretty much tricks your brain (taste sense specifically) into thinking that the food actually tastes good, when it really doesn’t. It’s similar to the artificial sweeteners in terms of long-term studies (or lack there of) done on it to see what effects that have on people.
Ramen noodles are cheap, but think twice next time you buy the jumbo economy pack at the store.
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While it may work at first, more than likely it is not healthy in the long run and you’ll end up putting the weight right back on after you stop the diet.
I think we live in a day and age of instant gratification (i.e. text messages, status updates, tweets). Not to mention many people have internet access on their smartphones. If we need to know any information about anything, we are just seconds away from knowing.
If we want something, we can usually get it pretty quickly with no problem.
So does this apply to losing weight?
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Fiber’s main job is to regulate your digestive system so that everything runs smoothly. Fiber also provides you with that “fullness” feeling. This is important because this helps you to not feel hungry all the time when you’re dieting.
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