Take Kontrol: The Power Of The Pumpkin

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving darling!

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Pumpkins are the perfect touch for fall décor but did you know that they are packed with vitamin A and vitamin C? The seasonal treat is low in calories and high in flavor. Pumpkins are a great source of fiber and aids in weight loss. The potassium in pumpkins makes for the perfect post workout snack. Picking a pumpkin based snack supports recovery and keeps your muscles functioning properly. The best pumpkin perk is that they keep you pretty! The carotenoids in pumpkins keep the skin wrinkle-free. There are many different ways to incorporate pumpkins into your meals and the health benefits make it totally worth a try. Put down the carving tools and pick up your fork. Don’t let the season pass you by!

banana pumpkin smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ice cream scoop of organic pumpkin puree (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 2 small- to medium-sized organic bananas (approx 3/4 cup mashed)
  • 1 handful of organic spinach (optional)
  • 1 to 2 dates (optional)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 handfuls of ice

Directions

Place pumpkin, bananas, spinach, date(s), unsweetened almond milk, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a blender.

Blend on medium speed for about 30 seconds.

Add ice and finish blending.

pumkin spice trail mix

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sucanat or whole cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup unsalted whole almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsalted pecan halves
  • 1 cup roasted salted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural apple juice
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 250°F. Mix sucanat, cinnamon, paprika, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl. Set aside.

Place almonds, oats, pecans, pepitas, and walnuts in a large bowl. Mix together pumpkin purée and apple juice; pour over nut mixture and toss until nuts are evenly coated. Sprinkle with spice mixture, tossing to coat well. Spread evenly on two baking pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time. Cool completely. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Store in airtight container.

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