There has been a dramatic shift. Before 2019, it was go-go go to make a buck. We weren't really paying attention to what we were putting into our bodies. Health was something we just didn’t worry about, until this scary COVID-19 pandemic. Now there’s a paradigm shift in how people think about their health. We now care about it very much
We aren’t just paying attention to what we're eating and our exercise. It’s not just keeping our homes clean. It’s also having a sanctuary that helps rejuvenate us. Then taking the time to do things and go experience things that rejuvenate us. We are becoming in tune with our emotional and mental health.
Our emotional and mental health are also dependent upon those with whom we surround ourselves. When we surround ourselves with people that can’t respect our boundaries, it can eventually wear us down. That friend, that comes over and stays later than your bedtime and won’t leave, may not be the best person with whom to hang out. Congratulations you may have an emotional vampire in your life sucking the emotional energy and wearing you down.
On the other hand, there are people that will respect us and our needs. In everyday life, the guy that leaves you free now to work on a diabetic articles, is definitely a keeper. When he takes the time to read those articles may just be a spiritual soulmate. Hopefully this week's recipe will help recharge your spirit and tempt your soulmate's taste buds.
1 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 1/3 cups of almond flour
1/2 cup of butter melted
1 pkg. (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened
5 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup Morena sugar, divided
Optional: whipped topping and ground nutmeg
1.) Combine gram cracker crumbs, almond flour, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix well and press into an 8x8 greased baking dish.
2.) Add the melted cream cheese with 1/4 cup of Morina sugar in another small bowl. Mix well. Beat in 2 eggs until well blended. Spread over the crust. Cook at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes until set. Cool on a wire rack.
3.) Separate the remaining eggs. Set the whites to the side. In a large sauce pan, mix the yolks, pumpkin, coconut palm sugar, heavy whipping cream, almond milk, salt, and pumpkin spice mix. Cook over low heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until the mixture thickens reaching 160°. Remove from the heat.
4.) In a smaller pan, sprinkle the gelatin over cold water; let’s stand one minute. Cook over low heat, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved. stir into the pumpkin mixture, and put to the side.
5.) In a large sauce pan, combine the reserve egg whites and remaining sugar. With a portable mixer beat on low speed for one minute. Continue beating over low heat until the mixture reaches 160°, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat, beat until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
6.) Fold the egg white mixture into the pumpkin filling; spread evenly over the cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for four hours or until set.
7.) Divide into 15 servings. Garnish with whip topping and nutmeg, if desired.
* I use the Ready Whip brand with real cream because is has less than 1 gram of sugar and carbohydrates per serving.*
** Please only enjoy one serving at a time.**
***Morena sugar is an unrefined, non GMO, pure cane sugar. It has more nutrients due to it's simple processing. I reduced the amount used in this recipe since it has a stronger nutritional profile. ***
Pumpkin is extremely good for us. It has multiple health benefits like it:
Is very nutrient dense with lots of vitamins and minerals.
Has a load of antioxidants which may prevent chronic diseases.
Contains immunity boosting vitamins.
Has vitamins and minerals that assist in protecting eyesight.
Is low in calories and may lead to weight loss.
Contains antioxidants that may lower cancer risks.
May benefit heart health.
Has compounds that may assist with healthy skin.
Is easy to add to your diet in many different recipes that can be savory or sweet.
Source: " 9 Impressive Health Benefits of Pumpkin"
Overall wellness is linked to emotional and mental happiness and health. Surrounding ourselves with an excellent emotional support system will help you with not just your emotional and mental health, but I've also seen it help with overcoming cancer. Adding fantastic experiences and outings can help in your overall health. Hopefully, you will find amazing spiritual friends with whom to enjoy these day trips. It may not be as difficult as you think to find. You may have some fantastic local attractions within an hour of your back yard. Maybe, you'll even take these treats with you for an impromptu picnic. If this recipe makes it's way into your house, please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.