The Great Pumpkin

Pumpkin is super healthy for you. Besides being rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins A, C, and E, I've also seen pumpkin used in many homemade beauty concoctions. Ever tried a pumpkin body scrub, pumpkin hair mask, or a pumpkin facial? Lots of great uses for pumpkin!

My quest for this week, is to figure out ways to incorporate pumpkin into my diet, to reap the nutritional benefits of the beast. So far, I have three ideas to share with you.

Before we start, in the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that I have no patience or real interest  in cooking a live pumpkin. Therefore, I buy organic pumpkin in a can. Not pumpkin pie filling. Not pumpkin with added spices. The only ingredient in my canned pumpkin, is pumpkin.

#1. Add 2-5 tablespoons of pumpkin, to your cooked oatmeal. Add more, or less, depending on your taste preference. I put chocolate protein powder in my oatmeal, and when I add the pumpkin into the mixture, you can barely taste it.

#2. Mix pumpkin with your favorite nut butter (peanut, almond, etc..). My favorite is almond butter, mixed 1:1 with pumpkin. You can mix a small batch and keep it in the fridge for easy use. Then, use just like you would use the straight nut butter. I heap mine on top of a rice cake. You might prefer putting it onto a slice of whole wheat toast.

#3. Add pumpkin to your pasta sauce. You'll be gaining a whole lot of nutrients, with very little calories.

Enjoy! Let me know if you come up with your own great ideas. I'd love to hear them!