I’m not a huge fan of exclamation points. Especially when they appear in long rows, one right after the other. It’s not that I’m not an excitable person. I just like to think of the exclamation point as sacred. We must only use it when we really mean it.
Well brace yourself people, because I am breaking out the exclamation to kick off the best season of the year with the best food of the season.
As soon as the first chilly day hits, I promptly make a trip to the store to pick up the following:
- Pumpkin candles
- Pumpkin body wash
- Pumpkin lotion
- Pumpkin soap
Yes, I am that crazy pumpkin girl. When I walk through the door on an October evening, I want the smells of the season to hit me like a ton of bricks wrapped in leaves and steeped in pumpkin. And that doesn’t stop with the candles. Let’s not forget what pumpkin was originally intended for: EATING! That's right. Pumpkin not only smells and tastes fantastic, it also is ridiculously good for you!
Holy Hay Rides & Halloween, DOES IT GET ANY BETTER?!
Okay. I'm done yelling at you. I think. Here is the breakdown on pumpkins.
Pumpkin puree is filled with: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Fiber
Pumpkin seeds are packed with: Protein, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
Look like: Cinderella’s carriage
Taste like: An earthy, rich, soft and buttery explosion of fall that gives you warm fuzzy feelings when eaten
What pumpkin can do for you:
- Help your heart (Vitamin A)
- Help digestion (Potassium) and keep you fuller longer (fiber)
- Keep you from getting sick by supporting your immune system (Iron, Vitamin E, Vitamin A)
- Keep your eyes, bones and teeth healthy (Vitamin A)
- Keep you looking younger by improving your cell renewal process (Vitamin A)
- Reduce inflammation (the compounds that give them the bright orange color)
- Block the enlargement of the prostate gland, lower the risk of bladder stones, and help prevent depression (Nutrients in pumpkin seeds)
Suggested use (for pumpkin puree):
- Stir into soup, stew, spaghetti sauce or chili.
- Use in place of the oil in bread and muffin recipes.
- Add to a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt, sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
- Add to hummus and dip in veggies.
- Make a REAL pumpkin spice latte by combining 1 cup of whole milk and 1.5 tablespoons pumpkin puree in a saucepan, sprinkle in a touch of pumpkin pie spice, then add mixture to a shot of espresso or 1/4 cup of coffee.
- Remember frobanas? There IS a pumpkin version. Throw the following into the food processor or blender: 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup of puree, 2-3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup, and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
My mouth is seriously watering right now. So I am going to go light my pumpkin candles, wash my hands with pumpkin soap, bust out my pureed pumpkin and make a pumpkin recipe for you fine people. (I know this sounds like one of those things you just say to sign off, but I am literally jumping out of my seat to go do this. When it comes to pumpkin, I don't F around).
To be continued…