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October is officially here and if it hasn’t already hit you in the face, it’s about to…PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! Whether you’re on the pumpkin spice bandwagon or not, there are a few good reasons to include these healthy pumpkin recipes in your diet…and it doesn’t just have to be limited to October 🙂

One of the things you guys have requested recently is a deeper dive into specific foods that will help with energy, weight balance, and quick, easy, nutritious meals, snacks and treats. I thought that Pumpkin was the perfect start given the obvious craze for it that the fall brings. But pumpkin is so much more than just a fall trend, with tons of nutrition benefits as well, you might want to consider it as a year round ingredient!

Packed with Vitamin A with 1 serving of pumpkin covering your daily Vitamin A requirements, count it in for healthy hair, skin and immune system.

Not surprising with it’s bright orange hue, pumpkin is also a good source of anti-oxidant Vitamin C. Count it as another defense to cold and flu season, plus, Vitamin C helps our bodies absorb plant sources of iron!

Pumpkin (and it’s seeds) are also a great source of fiber! Pack it into your smoothies, stir fries, or pastas or sprinkle those toasted seeds onto salads or into trail mixed for an extra boost of iron.

To help you get into the fall spirit I’m sharing some of mine and my favorite bloggers’ pumpkin recipes to help you reap the health benefits and the flavors of this delicious vegetable (or is it a fruit…there seems to be some controversy with this, what do you think!?)

Breakfasts

Snacks/Desserts

Meals

Drinks

If you try out any of these recipes, I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know below or follow me on Instagram and tag me @lindsaypleskotrd in your creations with #madesimplewithLindsay.

I hope you’re all having an awesome start to your fall! If you have any requests of specific foods you’d like me to take a deep dive into, recipes you’re craving or nutrition topics you’d like to learn more about, please let me know!

Happy Pumpkin Eating!

xo Lindsay

 

 

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