Pumpkin Butter Recipe

pumpkin butter 2pumpkin butter 3Fall is in the air! I get so excited when fall rolls around because that means it’s time for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! I love all the fall treats and apple cider, apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall fashion and just about everything fall has to offer. The only downside is that it’s followed by winter- which I hate.

This pumpkin butter recipe was inspired by the pumpkin butter that was served with the bread at a restaurant I ate at when I was in Virginia for NTA’s Business Summit this past August. My best friend was nice enough to join me on the 8 hours road trip to Virginia (even though she was not attending the Business Summit with me- best friend award goes to her) and since we’re both pumpkin-obsessed this was pretty much the highlight of our night. We even each bought our own container of it to-go. Since I pretty much know that stuff was not in any way a health food, I got to work on creating my own version made with nutrient-dense ingredients. My first attempt was not the smooth sailing win I expected it to be- the butter rose to the top in the fridge and hardened on top of the pumpkin mixture that remained. My next thought was, “okay, let me add an egg yolk and see if I can emulsify the mixture and make it blend together that way.” Boom. Nailed it. This stuff is delicious and the texture is perfect. This goes great on any gluten/grain-free breads, paleo bagels, crackers, etc. It’s also delicious in your coffee.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

pumpkin spice protein shakeIt’s officially PUMPKIN SEASON!!!! I am most definitely a summer girl, so I’m sad for the summer to end, BUT when it comes to pumpkin season I am your stereotypical white girl. I loveeeee pumpkin EVERYTHING. Time to get me some pumpkin candles and make all the pumpkin treats! Make this pumpkin spice protein shake after workouts in the fall and love life!

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“Peanut Butter” Protein Shake (peanut-free)

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Do you suffer from peanut allergies? Let sunbutter come to your rescue! Sunbutter doesn’t taste exactly like peanut butter, but it’s a really great substitute. Peanut butter shakes are so creamy and delicious, which inspired me to make this one made with sunbutter. I have an obsession with the TV show Friends- like serious obsession. It’s my favorite show & my therapy when I’m feeling bad. You know like when you’re having one of those “isn’t that just kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck fantastic” kinda days. So naturally, my 3 (yes, 3!) Central Perk mugs are my favorites. This protein shake is super delicious, thick, & creamy. If you do fine with peanuts, you can go ahead and replace the sunbutter with peanut butter if you prefer.

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<– This is the collagen that I use. Click on it to order via my Amazon affiliate link.


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Blueberry Explosion Protein Muffins (grain/nut-free)

blueberry explosion muffinsI’ve been eating a lot of collagen lately. I mix it in my protein shakes, put it in my coffee, eat Bulletproof collagen protein bars, & now I’m making protein muffins with it! It definitely does have anti-aging benefits – my acne scars have been clearing up and I have younger looking skin. Collagen is also great for your joints & digestive system. It also helps your hair grow and your nails stronger. The brand I use is Vital Proteins.

To make the muffins grain-free and nut-free, I used Otto’s cassava flour and Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour. I also used brown butter because it’s incredibly delicious- I get mine from Tin Star Foods, you could also make your own brown butter if you would like to save money.

If your batter is too sticky/dry you can add more coconut milk.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com

Chocolate Strawberry Protein Shakes

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Who loves ice cream?? Me! Me! Me! Okay, this isn’t really ice cream, but it sure does remind me of ice cream and I put it in an ice cream cup- so let’s just call this protein-packed ice cream. Cool? Cool. I did have to eat this with a spoon rather than drink it with the straw. It’s the perfect cold, creamy treat after a tough workout in the heat of summer. I’m really getting into the protein shakes – in fact, I’m actually going to be doing a detox with some of my fellow NTC classmates in a few weeks, consisting of protein shakes & veggies! I think my body could really use a detox. Learning about detoxification has been really fun for me, so I’m excited (and maybe a little nervous…) to try this detox and see how much better I feel afterwards.

<– This is the protein powder that I use. Click on it to order via my Amazon affiliate link!

The collagen I use is Vital Proteins.


I hope you enjoy this as much as I do- it tastes like chocolate – covered strawberries!Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com

Toasted Almond Protein Shake

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This is the greatest tasting protein shake I have ever made- hands down. I want to drink it all time, but of course I hold myself back to post-workout only 😉 This will bring you back to your childhood days of eating Toasted Almond ice cream pops – without all the junk. Now here’s a motivator to workout hard! You go through all the torture of the workout, get your endorphins, and then get a delicious treat… ahhh perfection! Try my Toasted Almond Protein Shake and see for yourself!

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<– This is the collagen that I use. Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com

Coconut Mango Protein Shake

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So I’ve been training for about two months now and I am starting to see results! I’m so happy- I love watching my muscles form and feeling stronger. I’m also feeling better about myself after I had gained weight last summer/winter. My weight has always been up and down, but whenever I gain weight I really feel sad about it. While my focus is mainly on health rather than on weight loss, I do feel better about myself when I am thinner. I agree that it’s important to not obsess about weight & not get depressed when you gain weight, however, it’s also important to feel comfortable in your skin.

Step away from the scale! That number does NOT determine your worth. Rather than focusing on that number, look at yourself in the mirror- Do you like what you see? Do your clothes fit? Do you feel healthy & energized? Last year I weighed in at 117 pounds and I was super happy & really confident. I loved being at that weight and felt amazing. I started gaining weight in the summer and by Christmas time was at 140. I really did let that number on the scale get to me. I felt completely miserable and unhappy and lost all my confidence. None of my clothes fit anymore (and those size 2’s still do not fit and I doubt they ever will again), and I was having a meltdown almost every morning, but now my weight is at 135 and I actually feel good about it! The shape of my body has been changing as I gain muscle mass (I actually have an ass now!) so I know I probably won’t be able to get back into my old clothes- but I’m okay with that. I feel stronger and more proud of my body now and I’m excited to continue watching it change & become even stronger! Remember- love your body & it will love you back 😉

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I made a refreshing, summery Coconut Mango Protein Shake for my post-workout recovery! Check out the recipe below.


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<– This is the collagen that I use. Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake



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Now that 4th of July is over, it’s that time of the summer where I start panicking about how summer is almost over and the torturous winter will soon be back. It’s very hot and humid today- but you will not ever hear me complain about that! I don’t get people who complain about the hot weather, seriously. I soak up every ounce of sun I can get and enjoy every second of the hot weather because it’s only here for such a short time. Just thinking about the fact that winter will be here in a flash makes me sad. I cannot wait for the day I am living in San Diego. I’m getting closer to achieving that goal of moving out West, since I recently found someone who also wants to move to San Diego (neither of us want to move alone). We both need to take some time to save up more money before we make the big move, but I will definitely be using that as my motivator during the cold & snowy months. It’s going to be so much fun- 2 girls from New York making the move to Southern California! Yes, Katie, I’m talking about you 😉 beach apartment, here we come!

Anyway, since it is hot and humid during the summer here in New York, I made a cold, refreshing Chocolate Banana Protein Shake for after my workout. I used Flavorgod Chocolate Donut Seasoning in this protein shake, which is a limited edition flavor, so if you can’t get your hands on it you can add extra cacao powder and honey (if desired). Check out the recipe below!


 Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com

Strawberry Strudel Protein Shakes

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I started working out with a personal trainer about two months ago and he is kicking my ass! His workouts are super tough and I am LOVING it! I decided to try drinking protein shakes so I can help rebuild/repair my muscles after all the heavy lifting. After looking into different protein powders- egg white protein, beef protein, & whey protein, I decided grass-fed whey protein was the way to go. I normally avoid dairy as much as possible (I’ll indulge in some grass-fed cheese on weekends if I’m craving it), but the grass-fed whey that I chose seemed to be the best after reading the ingredients lists on multiple products, as well as customer product reviews.


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I also included collagen protein in this shake because of it’s many health benefits, including: aids in healthy digestion, aids in joint health, promotes youthful skin, strong nails, healthier hair, strong bones, and helps to maintain a healthy weight.


<– This is the collagen that I used. (Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link)


The Flavorgod Chocolate Donut seasoning that I used is a limited edition flavor. If you are unable to get your hands on it you can replace it with cacao powder and a little honey if it’s not sweet enough.


I’m normally not much of a smoothie or shake person, but I must say this Strawberry Strudel Protein Shake I made was delicious.

*Note to self: Do not drink the whole protein shake in under 5 minutes unless you’re willing to suffer the major stomachache/nausea* (Once that passed, I did feel pretty great)


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Dairy-Free Kefir Parfaits

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So, I’ve been wanting to experiment with fermented foods for a long time. I eat fermented foods. I’ve just never made my own, until now. I bought a book on fermenting foods about two years ago and have been so distracted, so I never tried. Someone I know had more kefir grains than he was able to keep up with and offered some to me. I took that as a sign it was time to finally try fermenting foods. I made a dairy-free kefir with full-fat coconut milk, as well as one with grass-fed non-homogenized whole milk. It is important to use full-fat milk rather than low-fat, because the kefir grains feed on the fat & milk sugar (and also full-fat is better for your health). To learn more about how to make kefir, click here. Kefir is a rich source of calcium, protein, & B Vitamins. Kefir is also a potent source of probiotics, which enhance digestion, mental health, weight management, and immunity. Kefir is known to have antibacterial properties. It contains the probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri (found only in kefir), which could be helpful against Salmonella, Helicobacter Pylori, and E.coli. A carbohydrate, called Kefiran, in kefir also has antibiotic properties. To read more about the health benefits of kefir, click here and here. Enjoy my kefir parfait recipe with any fruit you like! (I used strawberries, blueberries, & blackberries)

 Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com