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Recipe of the Month

Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls

For the Bowls:
4 small baking pumpkins (such as hooligan or sugar pie), acorn squash or sweet dumpling squash
2 teaspoons sugar
Kosher salt
For the Soup:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 small onion, chopped
Kosher salt
2 sprigs thyme
1 medium butternut or kuri squash (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons
heavy cream (optional)
Freshly ground pepper
For the Toppings:
Pepitas (hulled green pumpkin seeds)
Sourdough and/or pumpernickel croutons
Paprika, chili powder or Spanish pimenton
Crisp prosciutto, serrano ham or bacon
Fried onions
Fried sage or parsley leaves
Make the bowls: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Use a paring knife to cut a large circle around the stem of each pumpkin (make a zigzag cut, if desired). Remove the lid and scoop out the seeds and fibers. Sprinkle the inside of each with 1/2 teaspoon each sugar and salt. Place the pumpkins and lids on a baking sheet; roast until tender, 20 to 35 minutes, depending on their size.

Meanwhile, make the soup: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Strip the thyme leaves into the pot, increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and sugar and cook, stirring, until glazed, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the squash is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender, crack the lid to let steam escape and puree until smooth; return to the saucepan (or puree directly in the pan with an immersion blender). Stir in the heavy cream, if desired. Season with salt and pepper, and top as desired.

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4 Fall Fitness Tips

This is a great time of year to enjoy exercise outside. The sun, mild weather, and cooler evenings are perfect for a walk, run, or bike ride. Soon, we will start to lose sunlight and warm days, which means many people will find it hard to squeeze in a workout.

Follow these simple steps to avoid the time change blues:

1 - Plan Ahead

Decide on your indoor or outdoor exercise in advance. Decide which time of day is best for you and plan accordingly. If morning is when you want to exercise, for the morning have your clothes ready to go. For evening workouts, bring a change of clothes with you.
2 - Willingness to Change
Be willing to change your routine depending on the seasons. Changing your routine can help the body burn more calories and avoid boredom.

3- Workout DVD
Have an efficient and effective DVD at home, like the 3-Step Toning DVD. This can come in handy if the day got away from you,  it's dark or you have no desire to go to the gym.

4 - Fuel Your Body

Lots of fruits, vegetables, and water will help your body stay energized longer.

You don't have to let your fitness go through the winter. Start planning today and maintain your fit body.

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Lose Weight WITHOUT Dieting?

   Maybe the key to a healthier lifestyle isn't what we can cut OUT of our diets, but what we can fit in. That's what doctors Chris and Kara Mohr are suggesting in their article as they highlight a few key parts of our diet that can be easy to overlook.
   First of all, we all need to start our day with a good, healthy breakfast that is full of nutrients so we can fuel our bodies and be ready for the day ahead. It's also always a good idea to include a vegetable with every meal--veggies with your eggs in the morning, carrot sticks with your lunch,
some fresh chopped cucumbers and tomatoes with dinner. It's actually a lot easier than you thought!
   Another thing to keep in mind: eat a serving of protein with every meal. The doctors say that spacing out your protein consumption is necessary in a healthy diet, and that being sure to include protein every time you plan a meal or snack is more important than simply counting your total daily protein intake.
   And lastly, find healthier options to replace soda in your diet. It's loaded with sugar and there are more healthful ways to consume your daily calories! Need an alternative to plain water? Try fresh-brewed tea, which is packed with nutrients, served hot or cold.

Article by Dr. Chris Mohr and Dr. Kara Mohr. "Lose Weight Without "Dieting." August 31, 2011.

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