At the first sign of fall I am all over my two favorite things: pumpkin anything/everything, and tea. A cup of hot tea on a crisp morning is one of those things that makes me genuinely smile, and feel like I can take on anything that day.
I am actually not really a morning person. Somehow, for the majority of my adult life (am I really an adult though? I am still kind of in denial about that. I think my brain is still stuck on teenager, but I digress..) I have had jobs that require me to be up suuuper early. So early, in fact, that in college my roommates would be getting home from a night out when I would be leaving for work.
The thing is I love sleep. It is one of my favorite things. Sleep and chocolate. And pumpkin things. And Disney World. Ok, maybe I have a lot of favorite things…
But as much as I love sleep, and the whole getting out of bed thing has never been easy, one of my absolute favorite times of the day is the morning. It is so quiet and serene. I don’t think it is possible to be stressed out early in the morning. And whether it is winter or summer or anywhere in between, being outside for a few minutes with the brand new day sun on your face and the birds chirping, is a beautiful thing. The only thing that makes it better is a cup of hot tea (or coffee) to enjoy while you sit.
Health highlight of almonds: “Heart healthy” and “healthy fats” are terms often used when describing the health benefits of almonds. These are both very true! Almonds contain monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to decrease the risk for heart disease. Studies show people who eat 5 ounces (about 1 cup) of almonds per week are reduce their risk of heart attack by 1/3. Almonds are also a good source of magnesium, which can help people with migraines and chronic headaches because it helps relax blood vessels. Magnesium is also a mineral that is protective of the heart and brain. Almonds are also a very good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin, and could be helpful in digestion. And, it was recently discovered that almonds contain 30 less calories per ounce than previously thought!!
- 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
- 2 cups Water
- 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground Clove
- ⅛ teaspoon ground Ginger
- 2 tablespoons Pumpkin
- Maple to taste (start with 1 tablespoon, adjust up as desired)
- Add all ingredients to a blender
- Blend until smooth, and creamy