So here it is friends, no one loves their fall pumpkin spice as much as I do but when I’ve heard of the sugar and additives and how unhealthy it is for your body (and brain) I haven’t had a pumpkin spice drink in two years… until now.
That being said, the last two weeks I set on a mission to make you the best pumpkin coffee late, with a natural recipe that would also be a Boost Your Brain recipe. As I began my new mission, like a scientist in a lab (that’s totally exaggerated) … I found some awesome recipes that are already brain boosting! And so friends, why wouldn’t I direct you to these three easy, delicious recipes I stumbled across that are also brain boosting. Totally leaving this one to the professional women that understood the “bad ingredients” in your typical pumpkin latte and creamers.
But first, here’s a reminder on why these recipes are brain boosting, if you haven’t yet visited the Brain Boosting Lifestyle Change.
Most all natural pumpkin spice recipes include, but are not limited to, pumpkin spice and pumpkin. Pumpkin spice is made from a blend of spices and this blend has some brain boosting benefits:
Cinnamon: depression, anxiety, lowers blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory, lower heart disease risk, & fight Alzheimer & Parkinson’s , protect against cancer etc.
Nutmeg: depression, anxiety, anti-inflammatory, indigestion, skin, reduce heart disease, cognitive function, prevent leukemia, etc
Cloves: depression, anxiety, regulate blood sugar, liver health, protect against cancer, reduce stomach ulcers etc.
Ginger: cognitive health, enhance brain function directly, eases arthritis, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol etc.
And then of course….
REAL Pumpkin purée: reduce risk of chronic disease such as heart and cancer, boost immunity, skin, weight loss, asthma, regulate blood pressure, diabetes etc.
Now that you have the basics let’s get to these, knock your cozy socks off, recipes I discovered on Pinterest.
Recipe 1: By: Ashley Fehr
What drew me to Ashley’s recipe was the ease of the slow cooker. She also explains how to substitute a dark rich coffee and opt to use diary-free and vegan ingredients. It’s delicious, easy and you can fridge it afterward or have it party ready.
Her recipe includes pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice (which usually contains the ingredients I listed above or make your own 👆), real cinnamon and natural maple syrup, which also has a load of health benefits.
Ashley’s all natural crockpot recipe is brain boosting and healthy while tasting delicious!
Recipe 2: By Megan Olson
Megan’s recipe is awesome because it’s one you can easily save in the fridge and use in your coffee (it’s a creamer) daily… PLUS… cue the music (dun dun duuuun) see the halo ring forming? …it includes Turmeric! We LOVE Turmeric because it has so many wonderful health benefits such as improving brain function and lowering risk of brain disease. When including the ingredients cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, Megan’s recipe might be the number one brain boosting recipe in this blog…
Megan’s recipe is simple, delicious and vegan friendly while boosting your brain and body’s health.
Recipe 3: By Sarah
The reason I love Sarah’s recipe is that it includes one of my favorites, chai. Not only is chai great tasting but it improves cognitive and mental health in the brain along with other healthy benefits for the body. Because of this, Sarah’s recipe is neck and neck with Megan’s for top brain boosting while enjoying some delicious pumpkin. I do recommend when dropping a couple dollops of sugar to make sure it is a healthy sugar (I use cane or honey).
I hope you enjoy these ladies recipes as much as I do while fighting against depression and boosting your brain to be a healthier you!
Happy Fall Y’all!