Pumpkin here, pumpkin there, pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!!

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It’s the time of year when we start to see pumpkins everywhere, for me they represent fall, thanksgiving, cooler weather and warmer sweaters but what do we actually know about these plump, nutritious orange plants.

Is Pumpkin more then just something to carve cool designs into or filling for pie?

Yes!!

Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. 

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Eating pumpkin is good for the heart. The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health. It contains a wealth of antioxidants. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene have been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage.

Pumpkin can protect immunity. Pumpkin pulp and seeds are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene. These offer a boost to the immune system using a powerful combination of nutrients.

 

Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

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Click here to find out how to harvest, remove and roast pumpkin seeds.

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter.

 

Nutritional breakdown 

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains: 

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrates

This amount of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium and phosphorus

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Preparing fresh pumpkin at home will deliver the most benefits for your health, but canned pumpkin is also a great choice. Pumpkin retains many of its health benefits it the canning process.

Steer clear of canned pumpkin pie mix. This is usually placed next to the canned pumpkin in grocery stores, and is sold in a similar can. It contains added sugars and syrups.

Canned pumpkin should have only one ingredient: Pumpkin.

 

RECIPES
Here are some great recipes to start incorporating pumpkin into your diet ( some good for you nutritionally and some good for the soul).
Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts

Pumpkin Lasagna with Ricotta and Swiss Chard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin and Yellow Split Pea Soup

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Pumpkin Tiramisu

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24 Thanksgiving Pumpkin dessert recipes

and last but not least, what would the fall season be without……………….

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Live Longer, Healthier and Happier.

Alicia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Natural Bug Spray

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Here is a really quick and easy all natural recipe to keep away those pesky bugs. It’s also really good for your skin unlike the store boughten bug spray that contains a multitude of cancer causing ingredients.

Combine in a spray bottle:

* one cups of water
* one cup of witch hazel
* 20 drops of lavendar, eucalyptus or tea tree oil

The essential oils keep the bugs away, while leaving your smelling wonderful.

Enjoy!

Puffy Face or Eyes- Quick fix

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We’ve all had those days where we wake up, look in the mirror and than try to remember the train that apparently ran us over the night before. Here is a quick fix for reducing redness and puffiness to get you looking glam-tastic again.

* Fill a big bowl with ice cubes and put some aloe juice in it.- You can use fresh aloe or aloe juice you buy at the health food store.
* Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets really nice and cold.
* Soak a face cloth in it and lay it over your face.

It instantly reduces inflammation taking away any puffiness or swollen look.

*For an added spa feel- cut holes in one of your face clothes and place slices of cucumbers over your eyes.

It’s as simple that!!
Enjoy!

All Natural Make up Remover

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This is the second blog about how to get your skin care, body care and house cleaners in check to make your body and house healthier. I’ll be talking about really simple ways to make your own skin care products and cleaning products that not only save you money but make your house and body alot healthier and you can customize any one with essential oils to be exactly what you want.
Today, and this one is super simple, we’ll talk about how to make all natural make up remover.

Get out your pen and paper this is a pretty extensive recipe:

* Coconut oil

yup, that’s it. You can also use olive oil but just simply pour 1/2 teaspoon onto a cotton pad and wipe. All natural, no harsh chemicals and also moisturizes and reduces wrinkles. Bonus..and Bonus.

Enjoy.

All Natural, Home Made Hairspray!

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Everyday we are soo surrounded with chemicals. We use them to brush our teeth, to keep our skin looking nice, to smell good, to keep our hair looking nice. Overloading our bodies with chemicals is one of the leading causes of allergies and disease. I’m going to start of series of blogs about how to make your own products that work just as good without having to coat your skin, body, and hair with harsh cancer-causing chemicals..plus think of all the $$ you can save if you are making your own products. Who doesn’t want to be a savy, healthy diva!!

To make your own all natural hairspray:

* Boil one cup of water
* Remove from heat
* Add 4 Teaspoons of sugar until fully dissolved
* Add 6-8 drops of whatever essential oils you prefer

Once it’s completely cool, pour your mixture into a spray bottle and use just like you would your store boughten hairspray.

Enjoy!!

Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe

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Asparagus has soo many health properties but can be intimidating for someone who has never attempted to cook it. It is one of those things similar to tofu that when cooked right is absolutely delicious…if not.. well it also makes really good compost. Here is an awesome, fool proof recipe to help introduce aspargus and all it’s health properties into your meal plan.

* Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, ranking among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals.

* Absolutely loaded with nutrients: Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium.

* Along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts—is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.

Asparagus Soup Recipe:

* Sauté 1 Tablespoon of garlic in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
* Add 6 cups of low-sodium broth
* 2 1/2 Lbs. of asparagus
* 6 cups of califlower
* 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne

Simmer until tender, puree.
6 servings.

Enjoy!!