pumpkin week: pumpkin pie smoothies

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I’m so excited to tell you I’ll be on TV this week! I will be on Studio 5 in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, September 25, at 1:00 MDT, channel 5. Check your local listings to watch it on High Definition. And you should be able to view it online here. I’ve been on the show before, but this time I’m extra excited since fall is my favorite season and I’ll be sharing one of my fall recipes—Pumpkin Swirl Doughnuts—from my book Celebrate Every Day: Recipes to Make the Most of Special Moments with Your Family. They’re basically pumpkin cinnamon rolls that are fried and frosted. They’re calorie heaven.

summer vacation and strawberry lemonade

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How do you feel about summer vacation? Personally, I can’t imagine a life without it.

banana bread protein shake

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It is now two weeks after New Years, and I think we can safely say the holidays are over. I tend to come up with an excuse every day in January that conveniently pushes back the end of the holidays and my resolution to eat healthy and get fit. But it is best to ease into things, right?

green slime smoothies

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I figured it was time for a Halloween recipe. I wasn’t intending to make one today; I was actually just trying to make something healthy after my workout. Now that I live in Utah Valley again, I can go to Sweaty Chix, the fitness club my friend Wendy runs. Wendy is a fantastic instructor. She is caring and full of energy and accepting. Today she kicked my butt in an hour-and-a-half class, starting with Sculpt & Burn, and ending with Zumba. I had been putting off doing a Zumba class since she told me to come over two years ago—not because it didn’t look fun, but mostly because I didn’t want to look like an idiot. If there’s ever a chance I might look uncoordinated, ridiculous, unintelligent, or like a goofball, I generally opt for staying on the sidelines.

But I did it anyway, and I did okay.

And I had fun.

So, if you live near where I live, be sure to check out Sweaty Chix. You won’t be sorry. I’m only sorry I put off going for so long.

Wait . . . now, what were we talking about? Oh yeah. Halloween.

When I made my smoothie, I just tried to use up some of what I had, and that resulted in something green and really thick. When I poured it into a glass, it was clearly something from “You Can’t Do that on Television” or “Double Dare,” so I called it a Green Slime Smoothie. Lucky for us it happens to be October, and we can say it’s for Halloween. And it’s healthy to boot.