Pumpkin Mania

Pumpkin-it'll getcha. (source)

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that it’s officially pumpkin season. From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin flavored…well, anything, you can find the vitamin rich fall favorite around every corner.

So what’s to love? Here are a few pumpkin facts I found in the October issue of Women’s Health Magazine (more pumpkin recipes are linked above too!).

  • 90 calories per 1 cup serving
  • full of beta carotene, antioxidants and potassium
  • Pumpkin seeds are full of protein and zinc

Pumpkin smoothie in a bowl. Win.

As if I couldn’t get enough pumpkin I tried out a pumpkin smoothie this weekend from Health Magazine-DE-LICIOUS.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients

8 ounces (1 c.) almond milk (you can substitute with real milk :)

2 ice cubes

1 small banana

1/4 c. canned pumpkin (I like Libby’s!)

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

2 packets stevia (substitute: 2 teaspoons honey)

1. Blend all ingredients and enjoy! I of course enjoyed this with some xanthan gum (to make it the smoothie a little thicker) and topped off with some kashi go lean crunch (duh!).

What’s your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin? If you have a recipe you love, please share it below-I’d love to try it out!

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