National Pumpkin Day

October 26th is National Pumpkin Day

Pumpkins

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It’s finally pumpkin season! My favorite time of the year! There are so many things to celebrate over this wonderful autumn squash. Not only is it a tasty addition to a variety of dishes but pumpkin packs a nutritional punch. 1 cup of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber, 200% of your daily value of vitamin A, and is only 50 calories. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin C, potassium and the anti-oxidant beta-carotene, which is also responsible for its bright orange color. The seeds are also a great source of fiber and heart healthy monounsaturated fats.

If you’ve only eaten pumpkin in pie form before, try some of these other unique ways to enjoy pumpkin this fall:

  • Add to oatmeal with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • Add to a smoothie or protein shake
  • Mix into greek yogurt
  • Stir into sauce, soup, curry or chili for a vitamin and fiber boost
  • Add to meatloaf, meatballs, or burgers
  • Mix with peanut butter, cinnamon and a touch of honey for a sweet fruit dip
  • Use it in a savory dip or hummus
  • Mix into your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe
  • Add to pancake and waffle batters
  • Make a homemade pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin chai tea latte
  • Roast the pumpkin seeds for a snack, to mix with trail mix, or add to yogurt

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day today by adding this delicious and nutritious squash to one of your meals or snacks!

Pumpkin Recipes-

Pumpkin Oatmeal- http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2010/10/20/how-much-do-you-love-pumpkin-more-than-artisana-coconut-butter

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie- http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/a-little-pumpkin-obsessed-maybe

Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette- http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2014/10/pumpkin-maple-vinaigrette

Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili- http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crockpot-turkey-white-bean-pumpkin.html

Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup- http://naturallyella.com/curried-pumpkin-and-coconut-soup

Pumpkin Pie Roasted Almonds- http://kneadtocook.com/pumpkin-pie-roasted-almonds/

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip- http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2013/11/pumpkin-peanut-butter-dip.html

 

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