Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogourt

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogourt

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

This delicious yet simple Plain Greek Yogurt has less carbs and sugar that regular yoghurt and almost twice the protein (24 grams compared to 13 grams in regular plain yogurt) making it a much healthier option for weight management.

Greek yoghurt has less of the sugar lactose making it easier for people that are lactose intolerance to digest.

Pumpkin is super nutritious. One cup of cooked pumpkin (245 grams) contains 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 245% of RDA (recommended daily intake) for vitamin A and 19% of the RDI for vitamin C. It is also low in calories as 94% of pumpkin is make up of water.

Pumpkins contain antioxidants, such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. These can neutralize free radicals, stopping them from damaging your cells and can reduce your risk of cancer. (1,2) Because of it’s high Vitamin A levels it helps support healthy eyes and boost the immune system.

Maple Syrup contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Studies indicate that maple syrup contains 24 different antioxidants (3). The darker syrups are made from sap extracted later in the harvest season and they are higher in the antioxidants. When buying maple syrup, make sure to read food labels carefully. This way, you’ll get real maple syrup — not just maple-flavored syrup, which can be loaded with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

For another great recipe containing maple syrup, check out our turmeric latte recipe.

With this yoghurt recipe you can make a batch of this and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

References

1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308814697001969

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12134711/

3. https://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/publications?id=28297

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogourt

Love pumpkin pie but don't love all the calories that come with it? This pumpkin pie yogourt is what you're looking for!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogourt
  • 1/3 cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions
 

  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 253 
Iron 2mg
Fat 4g
Vitamin D 75IU
Carbs 37g
Vitamin E 1mg
Fiber 3g
Sugar 26g
Riboflavin 0.4mg
Protein 18g
Cholesterol 25mg
Vitamin B6 0.1mg
Sodium 704mg
Folate 10μg
Potassium 246mg
Vitamin A 13652IU
Magnesium 28mg
Vitamin C 15mg
Zinc 1mg
Calcium 438mg
Selenium 1μg

Grain-Free Mediterranean Mackerel Pasta

Grain-Free Mediterranean Mackerel Pasta

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

This Mediterranean Mackerel Pasta recipe is definitely a level-up to your regular pasta dish.

Taking only 20 minutes to prepare, it is the perfect way to spice up a busy evening! 

Plus, it’s full of health benefits!

 

Mackerel is a super-fish, containing many ingredients to support your mental health. Firstly, because it is an oily fish, it is high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids play an important role in supporting the function of your brain cells. By providing a protective coating for the brain cells, they protect the cell membrane and improve communication between cells (1). When our brain cells are protected and functioning efficiently, it has a positive impact on our mood. In fact, research shows that lower dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression (2).

Mackerel is also a high source of vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. When used as a supplement, vitamin D has been shown to significantly decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety, suggesting that it is effective at improving mood (3). Therefore, because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D, mackerel is a fantastic ingredient for protecting against mood challenges. 

This recipe uses extra virgin olive oil to prepare the mackerel, which is regarded as one of the healthiest fats to consume. This is because of number of antioxidants it contains, which fight against oxidative stress in the body (4). Protection against oxidative stress is important to prevent cell damage and subsequent disease and other health problems including mood disorders.

Plus, instead of regular refined wheat pasta, we’ve used chickpea pasta! This increases the amount of protein in the meal, contains more fibre as compared to wheat pasta, and as a result, helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels – keeping you feeling fuller for longer!

References:

  1. Dyall, S. (2015). Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and the brain: a review of the independent and shared effects of EPA, DPA, and DHA. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7, 52. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00052
  2. Müller, C. P., Reichel, M., Mühle, C., Rhein, C., Gulbins, E., & Kornhuber, J. (2015). Brain membrane lipids in major depression and anxiety disorders. Biochemical Journal, 1851, 1052–1065. doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2014.12.014
  3. Byrn, M., Adams, W., Emanuele, M., Mumby, P., Kouba, J., & Wallis, D. (2017). Vitamin D Supplementation Improves Mood in Women with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Research, 2017, 1-11. doi: 10.1155/2017/823863. 
  4. Beauchamp, G., Keast, R., Morel, D., Lin, J., Pika, J., Han, Q., … & Breslin, P. (2005). Phytochemistry: ibuprofen-like activity in extra-virgin olive oil. Nature, 437(7055), 45-46. doi: 10.1038/437045a

Grain-Free Mediterranean Mackerel Pasta

This recipe is definitely a level-up to your regular pasta dish. Taking only 20 minutes to prepare, it is the perfect way to spice up a busy evening! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 9 ozs Chickpea Pasta
  • 8 cups Water
  • 2 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic sliced thin
  • pinch Cayenne
  • 4 ozs Canned Mackerel skinless, boneless
  • ½ cup Green Olives
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Pine Nuts
  • Chili Flakes to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest to garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot over high heat, bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Once the pot of water is boiling, add the pasta (we used linguine). Cook according to the package directions.
  • While keeping an eye on your pasta, in a large pan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Once warmed, add garlic and cook, stirring often, for one to two minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the mackerel and cayenne to the pan with the garlic. Stir until the mackerel is warmed through and well-coated. Add the olives to the pan to warm through, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Strain the pasta and rinse. Add the pasta to the pan. Mix to combine.
  • Divide onto plates and top with parsley and pine nuts. Garnish with chili flakes and lemon zest, if using. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 253
Carbs: 15g
Fibre: 3g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 13g
Fat: 16g