Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie!

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This is actually a super simple recipe–if you don’t mind roasting your own pumpkin, that is. I opted for a graham cracker crust so I could have a gluten-free crust. It makes for a much richer pie!

Gluten -free Pumpkin Pie

Gluten -free Pumpkin Pie

Instructions

Crust

1. 2 cups of gluten-free graham cracker crumbs (I like  Schar Honeygrams™ Gluten Free, I buy them from Safeway, so they should be found at most grocery stores in the baking aisle. I didn’t see crumbs though, so you’ll have to process the crackers into crumbs.)

2. 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter

3. 1/3 cup brown sugar (organic cane sugar is good too!)

Instructions

1.As you let the butter cool, you can process the graham crackers in a food processor or, I  just use, a coffee grinder. It may stick to the sides in a paste, but just scrape it off and fluff it up in the bowl with the rest of the crumbs, you’ll see it’s still dry, it just compacted together as it’s so finely ground. OR, you can crush and pound them with your hands while still in the packets.

2. Combine the butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs together, mixing with a fork until a crumbly.

3. Pour onto (approx.) nine-inch pie plate. Use the bottom of a cup or glass, or large spoon, to press the mix over the bottom and up the sides of the plate. 

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Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie dressed with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream by Haagen-Dazs.

4. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. (Don’t go over time!!)

Pie Filling

1. One half of a roasted pie pumpkin. You could use canned pumpkin (15 oz), but make sure it has one ingredient: pumpkin. Nothing is more rewarding, however, than roasting your own pumpkin! It’s so fresh, healthy and delicious.

2. 3/4 cup of brown sugar (organic cane sugar is good too!)

3. 2 1/2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice (OR 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 ground cloves, 1/4 nutmeg)

4. 1/2 teaspoon salt

5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6. two eggs, beaten

7. 1 cup half and half (or 2% milk), soured with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. (no evaporated milk needed!)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425.

2. Peel the skin off your roasted pumpkin and plop half of it in a blender.

3. Before blending, add cream, eggs and vanilla. Blend until smooth.

4. Pour mixed ingredients into mixing bowl, and add sugar, salt and spices. Stir with rubber spatula.

5. Pour final mixture over pie crust slowly (you don’t want it to overflow!), you can also use a big ladle for more control.

6. Bake for 15 minutes at 425, then reduce heat to 350, and back for another 40-50 minutes until knife or fork comes out clean (if it isn’t quite clean, that’s okay!).

7. Let chill in the open air for an hour or so before serving. Or, I like to refrigerate overnight. Serve with some vanilla ice cream! I like Haagen-Dazs’s Vanilla Bean because they use the simplest ingredients.

Happy Thanksgiving! ~Namaste

Why I started jogging again!

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It has been just over one year since I fractured my patella (kneecap). One year and roughly four months ago, actually. My kneecap is completely heeled and has been for a year, but my leg was still showing signs of atrophy and would sometimes buckle randomly. So, I thought, it’s time, time for me to really get moving again.

I used to run, a lot. I began running in high school, continued to run in university, and even ran during my time living abroad in Korea. I practiced yoga and ran. I am starting to see, however, how much I took it for granted– how easy it was to slap on a pair of running shoes and trot my way out the door. Over the past year, since my injury, the thought of having to trot lightly across the street made me wince in pain.

Everyday, I surf in the morning and practice yoga at least five times a week in the afternoon. I also bicycle, but only to run errands (as I work from home). These activities have made me the fittest I’ve ever been in my life, but they aren’t exactly the leg strengthening exercises I need. So, I began doing thigh strengthening exercises with an exercise ball in addition to jogging!

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I started jogging again about two weeks ago. The first time I went, I began as though both knees–or leg muscles, rather–were perfectly capable of going for a run. Nope, was I ever wrong. It didn’t take long for the pain to hit. I had started too hard, too fast. I ended up walking most of the five kilometers I’d set out to jog. I thought to myself, “Either, this is not going to be easy or it’s going to be impossible to ‘run’ again.”

Luckily, I took the “it’s not going to be easy” route. Upon my second jog a day or two later, I ran double the length I did the first time. I decided to skip a day or two between jogs to allow my muscles and knee to recover and heal, and hopefully become stronger and ready for the second attempt–and, clearly, it worked!

Upon my third jog, a day or two later, I ran three fourths of the (approximate) five kilometers. I really surprised myself! On the fourth attempt, I ran the whole thing with a rest and stretch midway. The route is uphill halfway and downhill halfway. Going downhill with my sore knee was not something I’d think I’d be capable of this early on, so I’m very, very impressed with the improvement and recovery!!

IMG_2119Lesson learned: Rest is the KEY to getting better at any physical activity. If you are tired from a long day of surfing, hiking, swimming, bicycling, yoga, etc. maybe it’s a good idea to take the day off tomorrow. I promise it’s the best thing you can do for your body.

Lesson #2 learned: Never give up after an injury, your body is very resilient, it just takes time. ~Namaste~

Yoga and Bicycles Will Save the World

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Sarah Moore:

Can Yoga and Bicycles save the world? Perhaps.

Originally posted on Holly Troy ~ Sacred Folly:

I’d say this about sums up my life for the last two decades – and I’ve loved bicycles since I was first brave enough to ride.

Freedom!

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I don’t know who created this graphic, but I love it!

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Orange and Date Oat Flour Loaf

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This recipe is fun because you can be as creative as you like. The more orange zest you add, plus juice, the orangier! You can add nuts for a more crumbly texture. I recommend making the loaf over the muffins, as it holds together better. The muffins don’t seem to rise as well as the loaf.

Ingredients
Dry:

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2 cups rolled oats ground into oat flour (see: make your own oat flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs (or 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds, let sit in 1 tbls of water)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

*2 ½ tablespoons grated orange peel (approx two large oranges, the more the orangier)

(Optional) ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Wet:
½ cup or a stick of butter (or 1/2 cup applesauce)

¼ cup chopped dates (or raisins)

(Optional) 1/4 coconut

½ cup orange juice (from 1 orange)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup almond milk (soy or coconut, okay too)

(Optional) 1/2 cup sour milk (1/2 tbls lemon juice into half & half)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 F, bake for 15 minutes, then bring temperature down to 375 F and back for 30-40 minutes, (this is important with oat flour).  Prepare loaf pan (use non-stick pans or use parchment paper to line loaf pan).

2. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a blender, combine wet ingredients and mix on high for two minutes, until dates are not visible. Fold together wet and dry mixtures. Fold in orange peel and nuts (optional).

3. Pour batter into pan. Bake 1 hour if using a loaf pan or bake for 25 minutes if making muffins. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

Morning Yoga in Bed

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As a follow up to Bedtime Yoga Poses, here are some more gentle poses that can be done before you crawl out of bed in the morning! These poses can be especially helpful if you’ve been or are traveling, if you hiked a mountain the day before, had a long day of surfing yesterday, or if you had a long day at work and want to start today better. I finished with a heart-opening sequence to help you begin your day on a positive note.  If you feel like your bed may not be up to snuff for ‘yoga in bed’ check out Casper Mattresses. Namaste. (Click any photo for a slideshow, or open in a ‘new tab’ to view a larger image with details).

Bedtime Yoga Poses

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We practice yoga to awaken the spirit and to reenergize the bodyWe also practice yoga to rest the spirit and restore the body. Of course, sleep is the #1 best way to restore the mind, body and soul, but sometimes we don’t always have a good night sleep or we simply can’t get to sleep. Here, I have compiled a few very simple poses to help you wind down for a good night sleep. (Click any photo for a slideshow, or open in a ‘new tab’ to view a larger image with details). 

I’ve chosen these simple poses over others, because a lot of yoga poses are meant to wake us up, not put us to sleep. Also, as you can see, these poses can be done in bed, so you don’t want to be doing anything that requires balance or any degree of difficulty. Make sure you’ve brushed your teeth and washed your face, because you can literally crawl under the covers as soon as you’re done! If you feel like your bed may not be up to snuff for ‘yoga in bed’ check out Casper Mattresses. (Stay tuned for Morning Yoga in Bed!)