Life is very full. Living in a city like Berlin you hear this a lot. Recently when I have asked people how they are, a common response is "Busy!" this has also been my response to this question. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, when busy is productive and you're filling your days with things that feed your spirit and you enjoy, then it's great. I am constantly learning how to to manage the growth that happens in my world. Growth is a very good thing... healthy things always grow, and produce, so growth is what I want to be happening, but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and stressful. I've been having a few conversations with some very amazing people, about why it's important to never forget the 'WHY' behind the things that you are doing. We often start with a why and then get distracted with the how. How can we make things happen. We can get so distracted with life that the original why disappears.
I created My Goodness to help people live to their full potential by developing healthy lifestyles. I want to empower and enable people to feel better and live well. When I focus on that, the 'how to do it' flows from that place. As soon as I start to focus on any other motivation it all becomes too much and it just doesn't work anymore and I don't really help anyone. I can make the same recipes with the same ingredients but I am convinced it doesn't taste the same... maybe it's just me. I think remembering the WHY is super important when it comes to making the choice to eat well and get fit. It's difficult to stay motivated, especially with a busy lifestyle. So if you want to make steps towards becoming fit and healthy, decide what your 'why' is. Maybe you want to have more energy, to be able to do daily things with a level of ease, maybe you want to be able to run around with your kids more, or grandkids, maybe you just want to live a long and healthy life, maybe you have been diagnosed with an illness or an intolerance. Whatever it is, the why is super important because that will fuel your how. It'll be easier when you know your motivation.
I have experienced the dramatic change in my world from developing the lifestyle I now have. I really believe our bodies and minds are the most incredible things. We should value, respect and love them so we can live this life well. Anyway with that in mind... I've created a little seasonal dessert for you today, you can try it out and meditate on the reasons why you want to get healthy, hence the name:
KNOW THE WHY PUMPKIN PIE - makes 12
You will need:
First set your oven to 180°C. Cut the pumpkin in half and take out all the seeds. Put half in the oven to roast for about 30 minutes. Then throw the almonds into your food processor or blender so they are all ground up, add the dates and coconut oil and pour the water in as you need it. You want quite a thick consistency so don't get carried away with the water. Grease your muffin trays with coconut oil or put grease proof paper in, then push the mixture in so it's nice and compact. And that's the base. Easy!
Next, take the pumpkin out of the oven, let it cool slightly before chopping it into chunks and discarding the skin (don't want burnt fingers). When it's soft you can practically pull it apart so it's super easy. Chop your apples into chunks and put the apple, pumpkin and cinnamon in some boiling water on the stove and let it stew all together, should take around 10 mins. Once the apple in nice and soft, drain 3/4 of the water out. Then put the whole contents of the pot into the blender. Depending on how sweet you want this to be you could add some rice malt syrup or maple to the blender, but this is up to you, I only added a little.
Once you have this delicious thick gooey mixture you just spoon that out into the muffin cases. then put them into the oven. They will cook for around 30 minutes.
Then take them out of the oven and leave them to cool on a cooling rack and once they are ready you can sprinkle a little cinnamon on top to make them look even prettier! Then store them in the fridge. The perfect little autumnal treat. And you can use the other half of the pumpkin for a soup, or rip it up and make delicious sandwiches or wraps.