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Triple Ginger Pumpkin Spelt Muffins (with Fresh Pumpkin)

This time of year, I love to cook fresh pumpkin and make many savory and sweet dishes, including soups, stews, chili, stuffed pumpkin, pumpkin and lentils, muffins, smoothies, and so much more. One roasted pumpkin yields so many different dishes. Pumpkin muffins are a favorite fall treat, but most that you find to buy are filled with white sugar and white flour. This easy-to-make muffin is a healthier version of your typical variety. It is made with whole grain spelt flour and uses honey as the sweetener. Topped with crunchy walnuts and a few pieces of candied ginger, they are simply delicious. At my Pumpkin Cooking Class last night, I made them with freshly baked pumpkin, one of the Blue Jaradales that we grew in our garden this summer. Read More

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8 Probiotic Foods to Include in Your Diet

Including fermented foods as part of your diet has many health benefits. There are so many delicious options to enjoy besides the most common one -- yogurt. Traditionally fermented foods are overflowing with probiotics. Regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods helps to restore a healthy balance of good vs. bad bacteria in the intestines. Did you know that you have 10 times more bacteria in your body than human cells? Feeding your good bacteria helps to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and create a strong immune system, which are all key for good health. Read More

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