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Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins Recipe

Try this simple 3-ingredient recipe for a quick, semi-homemade dessert that will satisfy any sweet craving. Plus, it features our highlight ingredient of the season—pumpkin!

Ingredients:

15 oz. canned (or homemade) pumpkin puree

18.25 oz. boxed chocolate cake mix

Optional: 2/3 cups chocolate chips

It couldn’t get any easier. Just mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and fill a greased or lined muffin pan with the batter. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into a muffin and comes out clean.

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Coconut Pumpkin Soup Recipe

During the winter months, pumpkin is in season which means they are the best during this time of year. But what are some other ways to utilize this delicious (and nutritious) ingredient besides just making pumpkin pie? How about making a coconut pumpkin soup to warm our bellies? Plus we’ll get a dose of vitamin A and magnesium, which promote eye and bone health, respectively. Check out this recipe!

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Ingredients:

2 ½ cups pumpkin puree (from 2-3 small sugar pumpkins)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp curry powder

1 14-oz can of unsweetened coconut milk

2 ½ cups vegetable stock

1 medium onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

Salt, pepper

  • To make pumpkin puree, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Cut the tops of the pumpkins and then cut them in half, removing all of the seeds (save these to roast and use as a garnish for later)
  • Cut the pumpkins into large pieces and place them onto the baking sheet with the flesh side down and the skin still on
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes until the pumpkin is tender and then let cool completely
  • When the pumpkin is cooled, peel away the skin and then puree the flesh in a food processor until smooth
  • This puree can be used right away or frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months
  • To start the soup, add the olive oil to a pan over medium heat and saute the onions, garlic, and curry powder until the onions are translucent
  • Transfer the onions to a blender along with the pumpkin puree and vegetable stock and blend until smooth
  • Pour the soup into a pot over medium heat and then whisk in the coconut milk, reserving a couple tablespoons for garnish
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • When serving, garnish with a swirl of coconut milk and roasted pumpkin seeds on top
  • Enjoy!
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Eating With the Seasons

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Have you ever wondered why peaches taste so much better in the summer than in the winter? Well, during different parts of the year, certain produce items are at their peak in terms of flavor and quality. This is what we term “in season.” There are many other reasons why we should eat fruits and vegetables while they are in season; here are some of them!

  1. Produce that is harvested when they are in season actually tastes better than when they are out of season because they are more fresh and have been ripened and picked at the right time.
  2. In-season produce is cheaper. Because of the abundance of produce when in season, prices will usually decrease at the market. It costs more to import produce from other places when it is out of season, so that causes prices to go up.
  3. Eating seasonally supports local farmers and reduces the demand for out-of-season produce from other sources. Farmer’s markets are a great place to know what’s in season and who is growing your food. It’s also the perfect way to bring the community together.
  4. Nature knows what our bodies need. Citrus is packed with vitamin C which is known to help fight and prevent the common cold and flu. Luckily, during the cold winter months is when citrus is at its best and in season. What perfect timing to keep those nasty infections away.

Pumpkin is one ingredient that is in season right now. In fact, many people associate pumpkin with this time of year in particular. But what other ways can we use pumpkin besides just making pies and spiced lattes? Well we want to give you three delicious and easy recipes to try in the next few weeks here on Happi World, so stay tuned!

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Benefits of Going Meatless

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Welcome to Happi World! Here at Happi Belly, our main objective is to help people be the healthiest version of themselves, but we also understand that a 100% plant-based diet isn’t for everyone. Many people struggle with the idea of giving up their favorite meals that contain meat. However, going meatless, even for just a couple meals a week, can make a big impact in many ways for your health, the environment, and the animals. And with the many whole-grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables available, feeling restricted won’t be a problem. With that said, let’s jump into some of the advantages of going meatless!

Animal fat and cholesterol come solely from animal products. Eating excessive amounts can increase risk of heart disease. Those who follow a plant-based diet are less likely to develop heart disease because they consume little to no cholesterol and more fiber and anti-oxidants from fruits and vegetables.

Following a vegetarian diet can help you lose weight, as long as you are eating nutrient-dense whole foods. Many fresh fruits and vegetables contain a lot of nutrients but few calories, which is the key to shedding or maintaining weight in a healthy way. Nevertheless, becoming vegetarian isn’t just a way to cheat your way to your goal weight. For example, while potato chips are technically vegetarian, they still aren’t the best choice if you are trying to improve your diet. Instead, try baking thinly sliced sweet potato in the oven with some olive oil, salt, and pepper for a healthy and satisfying snack!

Good nutrition generates more usable energy and won’t give you that sluggish feeling after a heavy meal that is high in fat and cholesterol. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are high in simple and complex carbohydrates—the body’s preferred source of energy.

Many rivers and streams become polluted due to chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms. This has a major effect of the environment and water quality. By eating less meat, you can help reduce the impact that meat production has on our planet.

Eating a vegetarian diet can also help reduce world hunger. About 70 percent of all grain produced in the US is fed to animals that are raised as food, which consume five times more grain than the American population. That grain could be fed directly to millions of people, helping solve world hunger and also boosting the US trade balance by billions per year.

Becoming vegetarian for ethical reasons is among the most common reasons why people make the switch. Many people switch to a vegetarian diet because they are concerned for animal rights.

Whatever your reason for going meatless is, you ARE making a difference for yourself, your planet, and the animals. Happi Belly respects everyone’s personal choices, but we still encourage open minds and bellies. Every effort counts. Try a meatless meal today!