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Today I am not going to address the issue of why we feel we need to buy buy buy, but I am going to give you some simple tips on how to curb the temptations and have healthy comfort foods around for those times that we just can't help ourselves. 
 
We all want to think that we are so strong and can overcome all of the temptations, but our waistlines tell us otherwise. When the seasons change and the word pumpkin comes into play. People lose their common sense and scramble to local coffee shops for that coveted pumpkin spice latte with a pumpkin scone on the side. Not paying much attention that in that latte there is 380 calories of non food items going into your system, and 480 calories of the same in that pumpkin scone. So in that quick "I need a snack", you have consumed  over half of your daily allowance of calories. Since I know you will still probably eat 2 more meals, one of those meals goes straight to your trouble spots. Sorry, but it is the truth. It isn't until we replace these convenience foods with true wholesome foods that we can overcome this vicious cycle. 
 
My solution is at home lattes and amazing 100 calories protein bars made of whole foods, the dominant ingredient being packed full of protein. You can buy bars such as larabars at your convenience, or you can make them even better at home. I keep every flavor I can in my freezer to just grab when i walk out the door. More often than not that bar gets eaten, and I was able to make it through my day without a temptation. 
 
Today I am going to share with you how to make a a healthy pumpkin pie bar, that you can have for breakfast, a snack, dessert, or even lunch. It is that good for you and tastes amazing. With quick easy recipes like this, you can change your life one snack at a time. 
 
Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars
1 1/2 cups pitted medjool Dates
½ cup raisins
1 1/2 cups almonds
1/2 cups walnuts
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBSP Pure Organic Pumpkin puree
Add Almonds and Walnuts to a food processor. Process until nuts resemble bread crumbs. 
 
Put remaining ingredients in food processor 
 
and process until fully combined.
Press into an 8x8 pan that is lined with parchment paper.
Cover and put in the freezer for 2 hours before cutting into bars.
 
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
 
About the author: Christi Silbaugh is the author of Gluten-Free Made Easy, Gourmet Cooking for two, the upcoming NOURISH - The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit, and writes for numerous media outlets like Activewear USA Magazine, Glam Media, Federated Media, and many more.  Sharing recipes, yoga tips, and her personal journey, her popular blog Mom What’s for Dinner? has over 2.5 million readers and for couples, her playful romance food blog Gourmet Cooking for two can give you spicy tips for the kitchen.
After surviving cancer, her love of food married her passion for being healthy.  Receiving her 200 hour yoga one teacher Certification in 2014; Christi’s mission is to help heal the world through conscious healthy eating and moving the body. She also has started a non profit called We Are Warriors committed to bringing free recovery yoga to past and present cancer patients.