Fall Infused Agua Fresca

Fall Infused Agua Fresca

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Fall Infused Agua Fresca

Fall is here which means sweets, savory meals, and celebrations. We’re getting full just thinking about it! It’s okay to indulge a little here and there, but don’t fall into poor eating habits this holiday season. We’ve got a fall infused agua fresca to keep you satisfied (and hydrated) with the flavors of the season without overindulging.  Pair this easy recipe with our Pumpkin Powered Workout and keep your fitness and health goals in check until the New Year!

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Ingredients: 

Preparation:

  1. Hydrate your tablespoon of chia seeds in a cup of room temperature water for about 10-15 minutes. This will help keep your chia seeds suspended in the beverage.
  2. Place the fruit and cinnamon into a large pitcher of ice water.
  3. Transfer the hydrated chia seeds into the pitcher and place infused water into the refrigerator.
  4. Let water chill for at least 2 hours. Feel free to add more water to the pitcher as it starts to get low.
  5. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Pumpkin Powered Workout

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Pumpkin Powered Workout

Put down those Halloween sweets and get up on your feet! Earn that PSL you can’t resist and change up your workout routine turning your fitness game into a festive sweat sesh. The only equipment needed is a pumpkin (size of your choice) and enough space to get your muscles working. This full body workout burns so good it’s almost scary!

ARMS

Pumpkin Push-Ups

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Begin in a plank position with pumpkin directly below your chest. Feet are hip distance apart. Slowly lower yourself down, hugging your elbows in towards your torso. Stop once your shoulders are in line with your elbows. Press into your palms as your body rises back up into plank position. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Trick-or-Treat Triceps

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Place feet hip distance apart with one foot staggered slightly behind the other. Lift pumpkin over head, bending at the elbows so that they point towards the sky, while lowering the pumpkin behind your head. Start to straighten back through your arms as the pumpkin comes back overhead. Do three sets of 10 reps.

LEGS

Twisted Reverse Lunge

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Begin standing with feet together and extend your arms away from your body holding the pumpkin out in front of your chest. Step back with one foot, bending both knees until your front leg reaches a 90 degree angle. Make sure your back heel is lifted as you sink down into your legs.  Engage your core to protect your spine by drawing your ribs down and pulling your belly button in towards your spine. Turn your body away from the leg in the back (i.e. step your right leg back and twist to the left). Bring your leg back to center and switch. Repeat this movement on the opposite side, and once both sides are complete that counts as one rep. Do two sets of 15 reps.

Pumpkin Push Squats

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Stand with feet wider than your shoulders, pumpkin is held at sternum height. Start to sit back pushing hips out behind you as if you were about to sit in a low chair. Chest stays lifted and weight is in your heels. Be mindful that your knees are not passing over your ankles. Push down through your heels as you rise back up, while pushing your pumpkin overhead simultaneously. Do three sets of 15 reps.

Spooky Sumo Squats

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Begin standing feet out wide, in a straddle position. Heels are turned in as your toes face out with the pumpkin resting on the ground beneath you. Bend your knees and get low for your pumpkin! Shoulders should be stacked over hips to create on long line down your spine. Weight is in your heels as you reach down for your pumpkin with straight arms. Rise back up as you straighten through your legs as you lift your pumpkin up overhead. Do three sets of 15 reps.

Scary Side Squats

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Stand with feet touching and holding your pumpkin at your chest. Step one foot out to the side and lunge down into a low squat. Chest is lifted while lowering pumpkin to the floor, protecting your low back. Also, be mindful of your knee passing over your ankle while lunging. Push off the side to which you lunged, bringing yourself back to center. Repeat on the other side. Once both sides are complete that counts as one rep. Do three sets of 15 reps.

CORE

Boo-tiful Obliques

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Take a seat on the ground, holding  your pumpkin up at chest height with bent elbows. Slowly begin to lean back onto your sitting bones avoiding any rounding in your back. Engage your core by drawing your belly button in towards your spine. You can keep your feet placed on the ground or lift them up to a hover with shins parallel to the sky for an added challenge. Gently twist your core and pumpkin to one side, then slowly alternate to the opposite side. Do two sets of 20 reps.

Wicked Sit-Ups

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Lay down onto your back with your knees bent and feet placed on the floor. Arms should be extend overhead holding your pumpkin. Inhale deeply and as you exhale start to sit up using your core muscles to lift first your head, then shoulders with the pumpkin to follow. Hold at the top for a second and gently release back down to the ground one vertebrae at a time. Do two sets of 25 reps.

Fang-tastic Toe Sit-Ups

Pumpkin Powered Workout

Stay laying down, but with your arms extended above your shoulders like you’re pushing the pumpkin towards the sky. Lift legs so your feet are above your hips. Take a deep breath in, exhale lifting your upper back off the ground and pushing the pumpkin towards your toes. Inhale as you lower yourself back down. Do two sets of 25 reps.

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! You bet we are indulging in pumpkin now that fall is here. This spin on pumpkin flavored goodness is a tasty way to blend summer indulgences with the flavors of the season. Trick-or-treat chia-self and whip up a batch of this vegan-friendly ice cream featuring everyone’s favorite fall flavor!

*Ice cream maker is needed to create recipe.

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups full fat coconut milk (or any other dairy-free alternative)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground ginger
  • 1 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Mamma Chia Cinnamon Pecan Chia Granola Clusters (garnish)

*Ice cream maker is needed to create recipe

Directions: 

  1. First add coconut milk and pumpkin puree in a medium size bowl. Stir ingredients together.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, except the granola.
  3.  Transfer mixture into your ice cream maker.
  4. Let ice cream churn for 15-20 minutes or follow the manufacturers instructions that were included with your ice cream maker.
  5. Serve in a small bowl or cone and garnish with Mamma Chia Cinnamon Pecan Chia Granola Clusters.
  6. Transfer remaining ice cream into a freezer safe container and store in freezer.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces

Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces

April 14, 2016
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Hello Fall! With all the festivities in full swing, here’s a fun and festive DIY project that will be sure to add a magical touch to your Thanksgiving table!

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These fall-bulous pumpkin succulent centerpieces are a delightful way to turn these popular desert plants into a fall favorite! These petite arrangements are wonderful table decor for any anticipated holiday dinner party, but do feel free to make your arrangement in any size pumpkin! You can find instructions on how to create these Magical inspirations at Luxe Happens.

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Supplies:

  • Pumpkins (small or big)
  • Succulents (we got ours from our local farmer’s market)
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Soil (we just used the soil from our succulents since our pumpkins were small)
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Scissors
  • Spanish Moss