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forgotten ingredients: pumpkin

November 16, 2011


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the pumpkin. we often decorate with them, pick them out at the local punkin’ patch or grab a can of it at the store for making pies. but how often do we grab a whole pumpkin and use it in our recipes? turns out, we should probably be doing it more than we actually do (especially since pumpkins are only in season during the fall!).

the nutritionally robust pumpkin boasts loads of fiber, potassium and iron. the pumpkins bright orange color is also a giveaway that it’s loaded with beta-carotene, a very important antioxidant. studies show that a diet rich in beta-carotene reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protects against heart disease.

pumpkins are also very low in calories, so let’s get to cookin’! here are a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes. do you have any? please share!

pumpkin recipes

 

leaf learn how to roast a pumpkin and toast their seeds

leaf pumpkin pizza wreath

leaf cashew, coconut and pumpkin curry

leaf pumpkin pasta sauce

leaf pumpkin spiced latte

leaf roasted pumpkin with sage

leaf homemade knekkebrød (crackers)

and make sure to keep you pumpkin seeds, they are full of health benefits as well!

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known to many as a miracle superfood, green tea contains one super ingredient after another, specifically catechin. this antioxidant helps to fight cancer in a number of ways, but most importantly has the ability to shrink tumors and slow tumor cell growth. elevated levies of a special chemical called egcg stymies tumor growth as well as aids cells in avoiding damage and premature aging. with plenty of varieties and blends of green tea to choose from, there are no excuses to not make a cup a part of your daily routine! if you’re a coffee drinker (like me), try subbing a cup a day with green tea. supposing the flavor isn’t exactly your ‘cup of tea’ you can always doctor it up with ginger, lemon or honey.

you can also make your own green tea right at home! follow these easy instructions and have your own homemade supertea right at home (and let me tell you, this was the best tea i’ve ever had!). here’s to being happy and healthy!

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