The Roundup – Signs of Fall, Better sleep and my first guest blogging
It’s my birthday and I’ll blog if I want to.
Hey everyone. I hope y’all had a good full first week of fall. Yup, it’s my birthday this week. How old am I? For a flower I am ancient, for a mountain I have not yet begun, for a man, I am just right.
How can you tell fall is here? Pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin.
If you look around the web for recipes this time of year, you’ll see a plethora of pumpkin recipes. That’s not a bad thing at all. Pumpkin is a delicious gourd, when raw it has no fat, low sugar and one cup has a full day’s supply of vitamin A. So go wacky on pumpkin if you want. Here are three recipes to get you started.
For breakfast: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups
From Eating Bird Food: Holy cow, tell me these don’t look delicious and I’ll know you’re looking at a different picture. Oatmeal, flax seed, almond milk and pumpkin? A good healthy recipe for a quick tasty fall breakfast.
For dinner: Lentil Loaf with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce
From The Beautiful Balance: Christina gets two big points for originality here, both for a lentil loaf and for the pumpkin BBQ sauce. The likelihood of me ever thinking of an idea like this is close to zero. Try out this healthy recipe next time you have a fall pot luck with friends.
And a healthy snack: Pumpkin Smoothie
From Rose & Lea: Just in case you can’t make it from breakfast to lunch without pumpkin, here is a smoothie to tide you over. I like the idea of using the frozen bananas.
The change of seasons can affect your sleep patterns. And so can your computer.
This isn’t technically blog related but it is about those of us who spend a lot of time in front of our computers. Apparently the blue light given off by computer, tablet and smart phone screens has a negative impact on your ability to fall asleep. It seems blue lighting close to your bed time suppresses your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone which regulates sleeping and waking cycles. So the more blue light your eyes take in before bed, the longer it can take to fall asleep and the more inconsistent your sleep can be.
The free downloadable program available here, f.lux, gently shifts the color spectrum of your computer/tablet/smart phone toward the red wavelengths, making the screen “warmer” and reducing the effect blue light has on your melatonin production. For those who have Android phones, go to the Play Store and download “Twilight” which is the version for Android.
My first guest posting!
I’m really excited about this. If you recall from my post about needing better equipment, I mentioned the blog Joyful Healthy Eats and how her site was the inspiration for me to get a new camera. Well Krista and I stayed in touch and have decided to do cross blogging. This month I wrote a post for her site and next month she’ll be contributing a recipe for this site.
I definitely look forward to having more opportunities to write for other people’s sites and also to have different viewpoints on my own.
So please head over to Krista’s site and check out my delicious Italian Seasoned Tofu & Sweet Potato Stir Fry.
And have an excellent weekend. Get outside and MOVE!
Have a great weekend. Get outside and MOVE YOUR BODIES!