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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Super Food Saturday- Easy Pumpkin Pudding

I've written many times in my blog that I am not a vegetable fan. So to get them in my diet I have to turn to creative recipes to sneak them into my food.

I also have a bit of a sweet tooth, but as an athlete I need to watch my weight.  I've recently gained a bit after a rest period after my racing season.  I hit the full sugar sweets a bit to hard. This recipe is super easy to make. It takes literally minutes to put together. I then have it available for an after dinner treat when I am craving something sweet. 

Put it in pretty desert cups like I did to make it look appealing. No worries about the taste.  I you love pumpkin and if you read this blog you know I do, you will love this pudding.  

If you really like the taste of pumpkin pie, swap out the orange extract and orange peel for pumpkin pie spice.

1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons honey
Rind of one orange grated finely
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon orange or vanilla extract
¼ cup chopped pecans

Combine everything except the nuts.  Spoon the mixture into dessert glasses. Top with the chopped pecans. Chill and serve.

Super Foods:  Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin

Cinnamon has been shown recently to help regulate blood sugar, important for anyone that is diabetic or pre-diabetic.  I listen to a weekly health show on the radio here in Milwaukee, host by two chiropractors. They had cinnamon on their list of fat burning foods.
I've already featured pumpkin and Greek yogurt numerous times in other super food recipes.  Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium.  Pumpkin is chock full of antioxidants and vitamins. 


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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