Healthy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Drop a Dress Size in 2 Weeks!

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Let’s say someone told you that you could work out for only 8 minutes and it would be just as effective as working out for 30 minutes?

You would probably think we are nuts! We may be, but you really can cram 30 minutes of exercise into just 8 minutes.

How?

The trick is interval training. Check out these awesome routines that range from 8 to 20 minutes.

In just 2 weeks you will see a difference!

Now click the link and get started!

 Quick Calorie-Burning Interval Workouts

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10 Home Remedies You Already Have

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The only thing better than home remedies, is a home remedy you already have at home.

Here is a collection of everyday products, most people have at home right now, that can do double duty.

Many of these are really surprising – I had no idea chocolate could that!

Check them out here….

 10 Home Remedies You Already Have

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5 Snacks That Fight Heart Disease

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Even though genetics do play a major role in heart disease, your lifestyle choices are a big part of your overall heart health.

Exercise, diet, and stress levels will ultimately be the deciding factor in preventing and reversing heart disease.

But, there are things you can do, to outsmart your genetics and the following 5 snacks are just one of those ways. They are quick, powerful and easy to take with your anywhere.

Dark chocolate

Research shows that eating Dark Chocolate can lower your risk of heart disease. Which is good enough for me, but if you need more reasons to eat chocolate, and it does need to be dark chocolate here are a few more.

Dark chocolate has a very high percentage of cocoa. Cocoa is rich in flavanols, which help prevent clogged arteries, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Dark chocolate has also been shown to decrease blood pressure.

 Blueberries

Studies show eating one or 2 cups of blueberries per day can lower triglycerides, improve cholesterol levels, and protect against oxidative damage that leads to clogged blood vessels. They are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That saying really is true. Apples have been shown to to lower LDL (bad Cholesterol) levels and are chock-full of high powered antioxidants.

Garbanzo beans aka Chickpeas

Beans, Beans good for your heart the more you eat the more you….well you get the picture. But it does seem like that saying is more than true for more than just gas issue, which by the way chickpeas rarely cause gas like other legumes. But, all beans are very good for your overall heart health. Why? They are loaded with soluble fiber which does help lower cholesterol all while providing antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. From a snack point of view, they are delicious roasted or made into hummus.

 Almonds

Calorie for calorie, Almonds just have more heart protecting nutrients than just about any other nut. Walnuts came in 2nd place, so don’t feel guilty if you actually prefer them over walnuts. Almonds have fiber, potassium, Vitamin E and are full of monounsaturated fat, which is the kind you want.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting Whoopie Pies

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A decadent twist on a classic dessert snack! Mix and store the chocolate peanut butter frosting in advance, then whip up some whoopie pies the next time you deserve a special treat.

Recipe Ingredients

For the cake:
Smart Balance® Non-Stick Cooking Spray – Original
5 tbsp cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup Smart Balance® Low Fat Milk and Omega-3s
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp Smart Balance® Blended Butter Sticks
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg

 For the filling:

1 cup Smart Balance® Natural Dark Chocolate Chunky Peanut Butter Spread
1/2 cup Smart Balance® Original Buttery Spread, room temperature
1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp salt

Recipe Steps

To prepare the cakes:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

 In a small bowl or your measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla extract and set aside.

 In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until well incorporated. With your mixer on low, begin to slowly add the flour mixture and milk mixture in batches. Begin and end with the flour, scrape the side of the bowl as needed, mixing until smooth.

 Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, scoop the batter and place it on the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until the cake bounces back when touched in the center. Remove from the cookie sheet immediately and cool on a wire rack.

To prepare the filling:

Beat together the peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt on medium-low speed until smooth. Turn the speed up to high and beat until lightened in color and texture, about 1 minute. Spread roughly 1 tablespoon of filling on the bottom, flat half of one cake and sandwich with another cake half.

 Store in an airtight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days.

 Recipe note: Using room temperature ingredients will ensure that the cakes spread and puff up to the intended size.

 Nutrition Facts

Makes 30 servings. 1 whoopie pie per serving.

 Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories 172
Fat
9g
Saturated Fat
2g
Trans Fatty Acid 
0g
Poly Fat 2g
Mono Fat 4g
Cholesterol
10mg
Sodium
233mg
Carbohydrates
21g
Dietary Fiber
1g
Total Sugars
13g
Protein
3g

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