Pumpkin-Spice Up Your Life: 18 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Make Now

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In case you haven’t heard the terrible news, there may be a pumpkin shortage headed our way this fall. The majority of pumpkins grown in the U.S. come from Illinois (who knew?) and, after a ton of rain in June, much of the crop was washed out. As one crop scientist told TIME, when it comes to canned pumpkin, “I would not wait until November 20th … I’d buy it whenever it comes to the store.” Yikes.

The thought of fighting for a can of pumpkin puree in a Whole Foods aisle is a bummer in more than one way. For one, pumpkin is an easy way to sneak all sorts of good stuff into your diet: fiber, which keeps you nice and full, vitamins A and C, betacarotene, and potassium. So we say start squeezing all your seasonal pumpkin fixes in now. Below, 18 recipes — from vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls to Paleo pumpkin curry — to make, stat. Now, here’s to hoping none of us has to go head-to-head with a stranger for a can of pumpkin come Thanksgiving.  Read more »

The Checkup: How to Order from McDonald’s Breakfast Menu Like a Nutrition Pro

• Let’s face it: There may come a day (probably following a late night of way too many margaritas) where you find yourself staring at McDonalds’ all-day breakfast menu at 1 p.m., wondering what to order. Take some tips from these nutrition pros on what to spring for (the Egg McMuffin) and what to avoid like the plague (we’re looking at you, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit). [Yahoo Health] Read more »

Gangster Vegan Organics Is Coming to University City

Gangster Vegan Organics juices | Photo via Facebook

Gangster Vegan Organics juices | Photo via Facebook

Fact: The juice world is full of creative product names. Because let’s be honest, juiced carrots aren’t going to sell themselves. But Gangster Vegan Organics, helmed by Vince DePaul, might just have the best juice names in the game. Think: Illmatic, Flava in Ya Ear, Soul 4 Real, Funkdafied and many more. There’s something about those names that just makes you want to down liquified kale, am I right? And soon, those cleverly named juices and smoothies will be making their way to University City. Read more »

The Checkup: Never Had a Migraine? This Is What It Actually Feels Like

• Nearly 20 percent of women (and six percent of guys) experience migraines, but if you’ve never had one, it can be really hard to understand what it feels like. To help people get it, the folks over at the Huffington Post, got some great quotes — “It’s like a tire pump constantly filling up a balloon of agony that never pops, but pulsates for hours on end.” —  from migraine sufferers explaining what it feels like. [Huffington Post]
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