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I’m Crazy About Pumpkin

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One of things I love most about fall is pumpkin.  I love anything with pumpkin, just the mention of pumpkin on a menu and I’m ordering it if there is a pumpkin product on the grocery shelf I’m buying it.

Pumpkin not only tastes great, but it’s a superfood.  It’s low in calories and contains fiber, magnesium and carotenoids.  Studies of carotenoids show that it can reduce the risk of heart disease, macular degeneration and certain cancers.  What pushes pumpkin to the top of the super food list is the alpha- carotene content.  Studies have shown that it can slow the signs of aging.  Yes, you read that correctly.

I hear all the time, that folks would like to add pumpkin to their diets but don’t know how.  Below find three ways you can add in some pumpkin.  There recipes can also be interchanged with acorn or butternut squash.

Here are three ways you can get a little more pumpkin into your diet.

Pumpkin Smoothie

  • ¼ c pumpkin
  • ¾ c All Whites egg whites
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 chopped small apple
  • ½-1c water (to taste)
  • 1 t agave

Put all ingredients in blender.  Add a few ice cubes, the more ice cubes you add the thicker your shake. To thin out your shake add some more water to desired consistency.

Pumpkin Protein Pancake

  • ¼ c Oatmeal
  • ¼ c pumpkin
  • ½ c cottage cheese
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 t vanilla extract (you could also use almond extract)
  • 2 t nutmeg (you could also use cinnamon, cloves or pumpkin pie spice)

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat.  Pour batter into pan and cook about 2 min a side.  You should get about 3 medium sized pancakes

Pumpkin Soup

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 can chicken soup stock (can you veggie)
  • 1 t sea salt (may add more for taste)
  • 1 t chili powder (may add more for taste)
  • 1 t garlic (may add more for taste)
  • 1 T cilantro
  • 1c soft tofu

Place all ingredients in a stock pot.  Simmer until hot.  Place ingredients in a blender or food processor.  You could also use an immersion blender.

To increase your protein content to this soup, you can add in some chicken or turkey.


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