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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

I love  Sunwarrior Products  and they post amazing recipes.  These yummy cookies are easy to make and perfect for holiday gatherings. The recipe calls for simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.


Vegan Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles



  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin pie mix (canned)**
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • ¼ cup cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

**Pumpkin pie mix can be substituted for pumpkin puree (canned). Make sure to add ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice if substituted.

Total Time

Prep Time

10 min


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat cooking sheets with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking powder, salt. (*Combine pumpkin pie spice if substituting.)
  3. In a separate small mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil, pumpkin pie mix/pumpkin puree, syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Mix together until fully combined. It should be a bit wet and sticky. Place mixture in the refrigerator and allow it to settle for about ten minutes.
  5. While you wait, combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and cane sugar together to make the coating. Place ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Once dough as settled, form balls about 1.5 inches thick in diameter and roll into coating mixture. Place onto sprayed cooking sheets. Push down cookies to make them flat, about ½ inch thick.
  7. Bake cookies for about twelve minutes. Time may vary depending on cookie thickness and your oven. Cookies should be firm on top and soft in the center. Allow cookies to cool for about five minutes – they will harden up just a bit while they cool.
  8. Cool, share, enjoy!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

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Things Will Only Change When I Change



We all struggle with making peace with our food choices, finding time to exercise and balancing family life. So learn to enjoy each day with a goal to do the best you can by making healthy food choices and increasing your activity during the day. Lose the guilt when you can’t find time for your workout or if you slip up and cave in to that piece of pizza or doughnut.


Life is a roller coaster ride; learn to find balance and peace by losing the “all or nothing” attitude and always picking yourself back up and getting back on track. Fuel your body with what it needs to stay healthy and active most of the time but learn to enjoy, splurge and celebrate life’s special moments without the guilt.

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How Food Sensitivities Can Lead To Disease

Great article by Dr. Jockers on the damaging effects of food sensitivites:

You may be familiar to the idea of a food allergy. This is when someone has an outright and obvious negative reaction to a certain food. We all know someone who has an allergy to peanuts or dairy for example.

A food sensitivity however is an inflammatory reaction that can occur on a systemic level over time without you knowing it. Left unaddressed, it can eventually develop into an outright allergy due to leaky gut and possibly even auto-immunity.

Article link below:


7 Ways to Reduce Food Sensitivities

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Back On Track- Eat Clean,Workout, Repeat

At age 57 you definitely have to stay on top of your workouts and watch your nutritional intake.  I’ve been out of town for a week and struggled to find good food choices and cook meals.

As a fitness instructor, I generally stay pretty active during the week with my classes and my workouts.  However this week, I only got two workouts in and could feel the energy drain from my body.  Although I tried to make decent food choices, I was sure I packed on a few pounds with some of the fast food and lack of activity.  However, once I got back discovered I had actually lost a few pounds. It probably was the recovery period and change in my schedule that may have been a factor in the weight loss.

I work hard to practice mental toughness to keep me committed to my health and fitness goals.  Once you get to your goal weight and begin to increase your lean muscle mass through weight training, it becomes easier to maintain your weight.  You have to stay committed and learn to find foods and workouts that you enjoy.


I’ve found that yoga is an amazing workout to help define your abs and build core strength.  It builds strength, flexibility, and improves balance with regular practice.  Yoga combined with total body weight training and cardio interval work is the key to developing lean muscle.

Nutrition is imperative to maintain your health and fuel your workouts.  Until you learn to consistently make good food choices, you will continue to struggle with your health and fitness goals.

Here’s a workout that combines weights, cardio, and core for total body training:

Jessie's Friday WOD



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Comparison, Aging, and Perfection




Competition is exhausting and you will eventually discover, you will never be completely  satisfied with your performance, your looks, your body. There will always be someone better,  stronger, faster, better looking.

So how do you move on and become more at peace with yourself? How do we pass this on to our children?

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Mindful Eating- 10 Simple Ways To Celebrate Your Meals


Photo Credit Adriana Woodward

Food is a large part of our lives. It should be enjoyed and celebrated. How often do you grab a doughnut or go through the drive- thru and scarf down a burger and fries before you get home. Do you find yourself at work eating doughnuts at your desk and before you know it, you’ve eaten more calories than you should be eating for the entire day.. It’s no wonder we have issues with food. We eat way too fast before our brain has time to register what going on… and we wonder why we walk away still hungry and unsatisfied.

Learn to slow down and enjoy each meal with these 10 simple tips:

  1. Plan your meals– Search for recipes and make a grocery list- explore new foods, herbs, spices.
  2. Make your plate beautiful- Prepare lots of colorful fruits and veggies. Use your best…

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