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Published on October 27, 2011

Fall is here and that means harvest time!

October 27, 2011

Fall is here and that means harvest time!The farmer’s stands are beginning to overflow with pumpkins, squashes, apples, and so much more. One of my favorites to cook with during the fall is pumpkin. Pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that can be converted to vitamin A. But how can you eat loads of pumpkin without eating loads of fattening pumpkin pie? Easy!

There are many ways to incorporate pumpkin into your diet. Mix some in with your oatmeal, make pumpkin waffles, pumpkin shakes (1/2 C pumpkin, 1C milk, 1 frozen banana, stevia, pumpkin pie spice), pumpkin mixed in yogurt, or warm up pureed pumpkin with cinnamon, raisins, nuts and a little brown sugar. The options are endless! Don’t forget to use your cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice (see below).

Nutrition Fact of the Month: 

Cinnamon has been used as a spice for centuries. But can there actually be benefits from this little spice? There has been some suggestion from studies that cinnamon can help control blood sugar, reduce allergic symptoms, act as an antioxidant, fight candida and bacterial infections, and aid in the treatment of metabolic syndrome. Can’t wait to see further studies for my favorite spice!

 

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