Pumpkin Quinoa Parfaits

October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Quinoa Parfaits

Yes!!! Pumpkin season is in full swing loves and this mama is taking advantage! I have been busy in the kitchen whipping up pumpkin this and pumpkin that. My family is quite thrilled as they share my passion for the orange goodness as well.

I strive to create snacks that are nourishing, low in sugar, and full of protein and good fats. Bonus points if I can squeak some fiber in there as well.

This recipe my friends, fits that bill. And it is DELICIOUS.

If you are steering clear of most grains, you can omit the graham cracker crumbs. They add a layer of texture but don’t alter the taste a whole lot. It sort of becomes more of a pudding when you omit them.

You all read for this delish snack that is oh-so-good for you?

Here you are loves!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups plain organic or homemade yogurt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (separated into 1 tsp and 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs or other favorite “graham crackerish” crumbs (I use this gluten free brand)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (optional)

Directions

  1. Soak the dry quinoa in water for 4 hours.
  2. Rinse and drain it several times.
  3. Boil ½ cup of water and add the ¼ cup of quinoa.
  4. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Mix 1 tsp of cinnamon to the quinoa and remove from heat.
  6. Put the quinoa in the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. While the quinoa is cooling, mix the plain yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and 1 tsp cinnamon.
  8. Get out whatever glass you want to use (or bowl) and start the layering.
  9. Put 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of the glass.
  10. Add a layer of 1/2 cup of pumpkin yogurt.
  11. Add half of the quinoa.
  12. Add another layer of 1/2 cup pumpkin yogurt.
  13. Sprinkle pecans over the top. And more cinnamon, too, if you so desire.
  14. Gobble it up!

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What You Need To Know About Domestic Violence

True or False?

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

Which ones are true and which ones are false? Hard to know right? Well, sadly, these are ALL true.

Domestic violence continues to be a problem of epidemic proportions. It is the leading cause of injury to women. Leading cause. That’s huge people. Huge.

I want you to stop for a minute and count to 20. Go.

In the time that it took you to count to 20, two women were victimized. One is or possibly will die from her injuries.

Sobering statistics right?

Now before you go on about your daily lives, I want you to stop for a minute and think about this. In your mind, create a list of your closest friends. Chances are, one of them has been a victim of domestic violence at some point in her life. You may or may not know about it. Most women keep it a secret as there is still this negative stigma attached to it…as if it is the woman’s fault.

I am very passionate about women’s issues in general but the one thing that really stirs me up and gets me out there doing something to help is domestic violence. NO WOMAN should ever feel the pain of her partner’s fist landing across her cheek. NO WOMAN should be scared to close her eyes, wondering when he will come to bed, angry and ready to make her his punching bag. NO WOMAN should have to die at the hands of her partner, the person she should be able to trust with her life more than anyone.

Women who escape violent environments, especially women with children, are my heroes. I cannot even for a minute fathom the courage it must take to leave. I cannot fathom what it feels like to look over your shoulder, constantly worrying that he might find you.

Supporting these women especially when they are living in safe houses and women’s shelters is something that I feel called to do. Every little ounce of love and light that I can bring has the potential to make a small difference in the outlook and emotional wellbeing of that one woman. This is why I will always give back either via my bar-for-bar program or through a direct monetary donation.

All women deserve a healthy, supportive partnership. And those who fall victim to the hands of society’s lowest scum…I can only hope that I, with your help via purchases, can bring a moment of peace.

Please educate yourself about domestic violence and keep a keen eye out for signs of it in your family, friends, and neighbors. Never be afraid to step in and offer help. It could save a life.

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