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The end of the year is approaching! I don’t know about you but 2015 has been a rough year. I have spent most of the year attempting to get a grasp on stress and weight management. My efforts seem to have been rewarded with a broken hand that just increased my difficulty in dealing with my stress and weight management. December is a time I like to reflect on my new year’s goals. I try to pick obtainable goals. 2016 is going to be the year that I get back on track! With hand surgery last week and pins in my dominant hand for 5 more weeks, I know that my usual physical activity goals are not possible. I need to find other ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Sam’s Club has become our health & wellness one-stop stop from the pharmacy to their healthy food options.
What do you do to live a healthier life when faced with obstacles?
Ways Sam’s Club helps us make healthy choices convenient:
- Free health screenings
- Over-The-Counter products
- Food & Beverages (Meal Replacements, Produce, Nuts, etc…)
- Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine
Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine features a new Superfood Spotlight each issue. I created a delicious Pistachio crusted Salmon Patty recipe for Sam’s Club Superfood Spotlight for eggs (April/May 2014).
This current issue (Nov/Dec 2015) Sam’s Club is focusing on Pumpkin for their Superfood Spotlight. Visit here to see current (and archived) healthy living articles, recipes, etc… In honor of the pumpkin Superfood Spotlight and leftover solutions, I can’t wait to share my Pumpkin Nog Rice Pudding!
According to Sam’s Club…
Canned pumpkin has a similar nutritional profile as fresh but with higher fiber and Vitamin A due to concentration as a result of the canning process.
This recipe is great to pair holiday leftovers (like egg nog and pumpkin) paired with pantry staples!
If you don’t have a rice cooker: use the crockpot. It will take about 3 hours. Place in a bowl in the crockpot so it doesnt burn!
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3 cups egg nog
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup real maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup rice
- *optional: reserve 1 cup milk during cooking process if needed.
- Mix all ingredients together in bowl except rice and (optional) milk and nuts.
- Place rice in rice cooker.
- Pour pumpkin mix on top.
- Start rice cooker on porridge cycle.
- Toast pecans in pan for a few minutes if using.
- Stir. Restart for 2nd porridge cycle. Add milk if needed.
- Stir every 15 miinutes to evaluate if ready. Ready when creamy with cooked rice.
- Optionally top with nuts and whipped cream
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