Pick a Pumpkin

In case you haven’t been to the store recently, it’s pumpkin season! From visiting the pumpkin patch with the kids, to squash and pumpkin displays a plenty at the grocery store, there’s no shortage of the season’s squash. And there’s no reason not to enjoy it. The season’s signature veggie packs a healthy punch:

  • A cup of mashed and cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.
  • A cup of pumpkin has more potassium than a banana.
  • Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene which are thought to reduce your cancer risk.
  • Pumpkins have the amino acid tryptophan to help your production of serotonin and boost your mood.
  • Pumpkins are high in fiber (keeping you fuller longer) and low in calories.

Pumpkins aren’t just for taking cute pictures of the kids, enjoy it in everything from coffee, soups, sides, and desserts!

Have a great week,
Meryl

Featured Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate bark

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • 3 tsp Coconut Sugar (or your sweetener of choice)

Directions:

Roast your pumpkin seeds in the oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until they turn golden brown.
Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds until it becomes liquid. Stir in cacao powder and sweetener. Pour liquid onto wax paper. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and freeze.  Once solid, break into pieces and enjoy!

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