Gluten-Free Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Just because you are trying to eat a healthy diet, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the yummy pumpkin treats this fall. Check out this delicious gluten-free healthy pumpkin chocolate brownie muffins. They are amazing!

 

Yields: 8 muffins

Prep: 5 minutes | Bake: 21-24 minutes | Total: 29 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup pumpkin puree
1 avocado
2 eggs
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons butter, melted (or coconut oil, melted)
3 tablespoons coconut flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips + extra for sprinkling on top

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add baking cups to muffin tin and spray with a light coat of cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a blender. Blend the ingredients on high until smooth.

  3. Add chocolate chips to the mixture and gently stir to incorporate.
  4. Fill each baking cup to the top with the mixture. Sprinkle the tops with a few chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 21-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Allow muffins to cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving.

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Is Synthetic Oil a Better Choice for Your Vehicle?

When you call your dealership to schedule an oil change most likely they will ask you a few simple questions – including, “do you want synthetic or regular oil?” Most people will answer that question with one of their own ‘which is cheaper?’ But you may want to think twice before you decide based on saving a few bucks.

Yes, conventional and synthetic oils begin in the ground, but that’s where the similarities end. Synthetic is not only refined but also distilled, purified and broken down. It removed more impurities from the crude oil and enables molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern motors. Synthetic oil is better than conventional oil when it comes to form and function, in fact, conventional oil could never stand up to synthetic when it  comes to longevity, and ability to handle extreme high temperatures without breaking down and gives higher levels of protection and performance than your basic conventional oil.

As I mentioned, synthetic oil usually outperforms conventional motor oils in providing protection for your vehicle; and here’s how:

KEEPS YOUR ENGINE CLEANER
When oil circulates through your engine, it can pick up icky deposits. Over time regular conventional oil can sometimes form sludge (gross) which can reduce your engines efficiency and reduce the life of your engine. Synthetic oils contain fewer impurities compared to the basic oil and can better resist the sludge and help prevent deposits from forming in your engine (thus extending the life of your engine).

 

FLOWS BETTER WHEN IT’S COLD OUT
When your vehicle is sitting for awhile, the oil settles. So when you start your car it begins flowing through the engine to protect against friction. With conventional oils it takes more time to be able to flow smoothly through. During the winter or colder months, the flow takes even longer. Synthetic oils however are engineered to flow quickly even in cold temps so that it starts protecting your engine as soon as you fire it up.

 

PROTECTS BETTER WHEN IT’S HOTTTT
As you know when your engine is running it gets really, really hot. Like really hot. So over time the high temps in your engine can cause the conventional oils to break down or even evaporate exposing your engine to a lot of wear and tear. Synthetic oils are engineered to resist these higher temps.

 

OFFERS ENGINE WEAR PROTECTION
As you know, engine parts are constantly working together and moving at high speeds. In extreme environments the engine components can wear and break down. The motor oil is the protective barrier in these components. As the conventional oil breaks down, the ability to prevent engine wear – well it starts to diminish. Synthetic oils retain their wear protection properties for a much longer time, therefore again, increasing engine life.

 

While synthetic oil is a better option for protection for your vehicle, not all synthetics are created equal. Be sure to speak with your mechanic or service manager to review your options and find the best choice for your vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Tricks To Take The Stress Out Of Flying

Everybody loves to travel, it’s just a shame you’ve got to deal with the hassle of going through an airport first. The massive crowds, the endless queuing, and the searches can be incredibly stressful and it’s easy to forget why you’re putting yourself through it in the first place. When you arrive, of course, it’ll all be worth it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just skip that bit and get straight to the fun parts of traveling? Unfortunately, you can’t do that but you can make life easier for yourself if you follow these simple tips to take the hassle out of flying.

Take A Private Jet

This is the easiest way to take the hassle out of flying, just be aware that it’s going to cost you a lot so it’s not always a viable option. If you take your own private jet, you don’t have to bother with all of the queues, you’ll be on the plane a lot quicker than you would if you took a commercial flight. Speed is the other major bonus of taking your own private jet; Cessna Citation X+ is the fastest airplane in the world so your flight times will be a lot shorter than they would on a standard flight. That’s a big plus if you hate flying and you’re going somewhere far away.

It’s a nice thought but most people can’t afford to splash out on a private jet when they’re going away with the family, so here are some more affordable ways to make flying stress free.

Delete Cookies And Search History

When you’re buying flights, does it always seem like the price is creeping up every time you look? That’s very deliberate. Airlines will up the price on flights that they know you’ve already searched for so you’re more likely to panic and buy them now before the price goes up any more. But there is a simple way around this. If you delete the cookies and search history on your browser before you go onto the website, the prices won’t change and you’ll be able to get a better deal. Not having that extra pressure also gives you more time to shop around for better deals. Always use flight comparison sites when you’re looking for flights rather than going direct to the airline, you’ll always get a cheaper price that way.

Choose One Way Flights

Why bother booking separate one way flights when you could just book a return trip? You might not realize it but booking 2 separate flights can often be cheaper than booking a return trip and, more importantly, you can be more flexible on the times. This is especially important if you’re traveling with young children. If you’ve got flights that are very early in the morning or late at night, you’re going to have some tired, grumpy kids on your hands which will make the flight a lot more difficult than it has to be. But by booking separate flights, you can make sure you’re going at a more practical time of day.

Download The Airline App

Losing your boarding pass in amongst all of your luggage is every travelers worst nightmare, but you can avoid all of that trouble by downloading the airline app. You can check in early on the app and keep all of your flight documents on there in digital form. You’ll also be able to get real time updates about the flight so you’ll know which gate you’re going to and whether there are any delays. It’s a lot easier getting it all on there rather than trying to listen to the announcements over all of the commotion.

Ask For An Upgrade

Paying for first class seats is out of the question for most families, but sometimes, you don’t have to pay. Sometimes, when there are seats available, the airline will offer people a free upgrade. But you won’t get anything without asking for it. When you’re booking a ticket, just ask for an upgrade. You won’t always get one but if there are some seats available you might get lucky. You’ve got nothing to lose by asking.

Offer To Be Bumped

There has been a lot of controversy recently about flights being overbooked and people having to be bumped and wait for the next flight. But you can make that work in your favour sometimes if you volunteer. You’ll usually get some cash back, flight vouchers or free meals. Sometimes, the next flight is only an hour or two later so it’s worth waiting.

Flying can be a real pain but if you use these simple tricks, you can make it a lot easier for yourself.

 

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Fall Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow is one of the yummiest snacks ever (the homemade is definitely much better than the store bought in my opinion). You can pretty much make puppy chow to go with any season or holiday -but fall puppy chow is my favorite!
Ingredients:
-2 Cups Chex Cereal
-1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
-1/2 cup Peanut Butter
-1 Tblspoon Butter
-1-1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
-Reese’s Pieces
Directions:
-Put your 2 cups of Chex Cereal in a gallon size ziploc bag
-In a microwave safe bowl, mix together you chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter and melt in microwave in 15 second intervals until smooth and creamy
-Pour the mixture over your chex cereal and seal bag and shake to cover the cereal completely
-Open the bag up and slowly add in your powdered sugar, shaking as you go to completely cover the cereal
-Finally mix in the Reese’s Pieces
-Pour your puppy chow out onto wax paper and allow to cool completely
-ENJOY!
puppy chow
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Low Carb Foods You Should Avoid on Keto

I know that when we talk about the Keto diet, we always insist that you limit your intake of carbs and increase the intake of high-fat content. Because of this reason, there is a lot of misconception where people think that every low –carb food can be used in the Keto diet.

I am afraid you might have been stuffing junk in your body all in the name of low-carbs. This can really derail your progress on Keto and limit the extent to which you lose weight. This article will look at the low carb food that you should avoid if you want to hit your goals in the Keto diet.

Sugar alcohols

Unlike what many people think, low-calorie sugar alcohols are not good to use in the Keto diet. They might seem natural but the body reacts to them differently. They are too concentrated and hence are not absorbed properly into the body.

Most of these sugars find themselves in the intestines forming clots because they were not absorbed by the body. Examples of these sugar alcohols to avoid include glycerol, isomalt, and lactitol.

Dairy products

We love products from our animals but we should take these products in moderation if we want to keep ourselves in the Ketosis state. Some of the most common dairy products that you need to avoid include milk, cheese, cream and even butter. These products contain lactose which can easily cause digestive issues. If you cannot avoid these products, just eat them in moderation.

Diet Sodas

Even though regular soda is the worst as it packs too many calories and sugars, diet soda is not healthy either. Diet soda may be sugar-free but it contains too many sweeteners which make it a candidate on things to avoid on keto. These sweeteners bring a lot of digestive issues and your metabolism will not handle them well. Avoid them completely if you can.

Processed foods

Anything that is factory-processed is probably containing something that has the potential to create havoc in your digestive system. Sometimes we might not be able to avoid everything when we go shopping but keep a look out on processed vegetable and seed oils. The most common ones include corn oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil and other vegetable oils.

One of the major reasons why you should avoid these oils mentioned here is because these oils contain unstable fats. Unstable fats are not well processed or absorbed by your metabolic system. There is a chance that they will just lie there on the intestinal walls, lumping up. The possibility of having other digestive related issues is real. Some of these oils have also been noted as having too much Omega 6 that has been linked to cases of Obesity in the USA. Some Omega is good but it becomes harmful when it is too much.

The Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet but just because something is labeled low-calorie it does not necessarily mean it can help you achieve your goals on Keto. You have to be on the lookout so that you do not put yourself in harm’s way as you try to hit your Keto goals.

 

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