Maple Butternut Squash & Figs

Squash season is upon us! Butternut has always been my favorite, and I love finding creative ways to enhance its sweetness. Great for bones, eye health, blood pressure, this fall vegetable is chock full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Just one cup of it provides you with 6.5 grams of fiber, 19% daily value magnesium, 12% daily value potassium, 41% daily value vitamin C, up to 20% daily value for most of your b vitamins, 163% daily value beta carotene, and more. Try this easy, nutritious dessert (or snack) with just 5 simple ingredients.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 butternut squash (others like acorn squash work fine too!)
  • real maple syrup
  • cinnamon powder
  • hemp seeds
  • dried figs

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Directions:

  • Half or quarter your squash, remove seeds and fibrous pulp, and place it in a baking dish. Pour water in the dish.
  • Bake the squash in the oven at 350 until it is easily pierced with a fork. Depending upon its size, this may take anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
  • When it’s fully cooked, peel the skin off and transfer to a bowl. Mash slightly.
  • Drizzle lightly with your maple syrup and sprinkle with desired amounts of cinnamon and hemp seeds.
  • Slice your figs and arrange on top. Serve warm. Enjoy!

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Warmly,

Megan Normansell, CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutrition/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Heal your Heart with Hemp

Heal your Heart with Hemp

Hemp seeds (aka hemp hearts) may be one of the most underappreciated super food on earth. Compared to flax seeds, hemp contains more omega 3’s and double the protein. Not only that, but hemp is a COMPLETE protein, which is rare in the plant world (all amino acids are present). When you factor in the incredible amounts of iron, vitamin E, B-vitamins, potassium, fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, and manganese, hemp seeds become a far superior protein source than meat. Hemp seeds are more digestible than meat, dairy, or eggs.

Get this:
1 oz beef ………………. 5 grams of complete protein
1 oz hemp seeds ……. 10 grams of complete protein

Hemp seeds increase energy, increase metabolism, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improve circulation, strengthen immune system, reduce PMS symptoms, reduce inflammation, improve arthritis, improve muscle recovery after exercise, improve ADD & ADHD, treat skin conditions, & improve hair quality. Hemp has a phytochemical called calcineurin, which according to the University of Michigan, improves memory and promotes learning.

*Note: Hemp is NOT the same strain as marijuana. Hemp products are virtually THC-free.

Did you know? Hemp’s fibers are incredibly strong, and it can be used to make long-lasting rope, oil, paper, jewelry, animal bedding, clean up radiactive waste, clothing, biofuel, wax, fiberglass for automobiles, clothing, and concrete-like breathable blocks.

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Powerful Pregnancy & Post-workout Smoothie

Super-delicious Superfood Post-workout Smoothie

<Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie

This superfood vegan smoothie has 12 grams of raw protein per serving, balanced with 9 grams of fiber. Combine that with 20% your daily value of potassium and 55% DV of magnesium and it becomes an ideal recovery smoothie after a hot summer day or workout at the gym.

This smoothie is also ideal for expecting mothers. Bananas & hemp supply an abundance of minerals that are necessary for your baby’s bones, teeth, connective tissue and cartilage to form. The high magnesium content in particular makes this an excellent way to prevent preeclampsia and muscle cramping. This ideal ratio of clean protein to fiber will not only help with tissue growth of your baby, but will keep your digestive system regular and help prevent hemorrhoids. And what mama doesn’t want that?

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
2 tbsp raw hemp seeds
½ cup almond milk
2 ripe bananas
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ice cubes

Directions:
In a blender, combine the seeds, milk, and one of the bananas. Mix on high until the seeds are well-integrated. Add the protein powder, vanilla, ice cubes, and remaining banana and mix well. Serve cold.