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10 Ideas to Use Pumpkin this Season

Updated on October 28, 2014
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Health Benefits

Just a few...

  • High fiber
  • Low calories
  • Vitamins
  • Antioxidants
  • Good for overall health: heart, eyes, weight loss, etc.
  • Reduces bad cholesterol (phytosterols in pumpkin seeds helps your heart)

Ode to the Pumpkin

Pumpkin brings hints of that cozy, chill-in-the-air season; that time when jack o' lanterns line front porches and store windows.

It is a classic autumn flavor adored by the masses, especially as it's made its way into a special seasonal delight of sorts.

Coffee shops offer pumpkin flavored beverages and some food brands have created limited edition pumpkin flavored items including breads, ice creams, and so on.

However, this article focuses on using canned (or fresh) pumpkin at home in simple, more health conscious meals to bring out the true, fresh taste and health benefits of the fall fruit! Also included are two beauty recipes because pumpkin can be greatly helpful to the skin and hair.

1. Pumpkin Oatmeal

Add it to your morning bowl of oatmeal, whether in your single serving bowl, crockpot oatmeal, overnight oatmeal... the options are endless!

Recipe: Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal

2. Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

Continuing with the oatmeal theme, bake with it! Make pumpkin oatmeal bars to have for breakfast or as an on-the-go snack. Spice it up with different spices, nuts, or fruit (or chocolate chips for some indulgence).

Recipe: Pumpkin Oatmeal Anytime Squares (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free)

3. Pumpkin Butter

A sweet, creamy pumpkin butter spread on bread (that's a mouthful!) is slightly reminiscent of pumpkin pie. It's an easier, less decadent choice for your pie cravings!

Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Butter

4. Pumpkin Hummus

The protein from the beans plus the powers of pumpkin equals a pretty nutritional snack. Try with the usual pita bread or pita chips, or raw veggies like carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, and colorful peppers.

Recipe: Pumpkin Hummus

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5. Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins are relatives of squash, so if you like squash soup, you may have a new favorite. Perfect for chilly days indoors.

Recipes: Food Network's list of pumpkin soups

6. Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

For non-meat eaters and meat eaters alike, adding pumpkin to your homemade veggie burgers can add a little seasonal twist.

Recipe: Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers

7. Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

Works as a dessert, snack or quite possibly a breakfast. Think of the creaminess of the yogurt mixed with the rich pumpkin and crunchy granola...

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

8. Pumpkin Milkshake

Similar to your caffeinated pumpkin drink, but more filling with the ice cream.

Recipe: Rachel Ray's Sweet Sipper (Check out the rest of the slideshow on her site for more canned pumpkin ideas.)

Beauty Uses:

9. Pumpkin Face Mask

The vitamins (such as E and T), antioxidants (Vitamins A and C), fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, and essential fatty acids in pumpkin do wonders for our largest organ, our skin!

Pumpkin can...

  • Repair damage.
  • Rid your skin of old surface cells and aids in creating new ones.
  • Give a youthful appearance, as it increases collagen production.
  • Moisturize, soothe and soften (dissolves dryness).
  • Brighten and make your skin glow.
  • For acne-sufferers: pumpkin can reduce oiliness, shrink the size of pores, calm inflammation, and prevent future havoc.

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Mask

10. Pumpkin Hair Mask

This is especially helpful for dry or damaged locks. Add fresh avocado for extra moisturization.

Tutorial video below!

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      3 years ago

      @Claudia Tello I hope it helps you! The way you prepare it sounds good! I've never tried it that way or on pizza - how interesting! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

      As I have recently suffered some damage to my skin, I would love to try out the pumpkin face mask with the added honey for dry skin, let see how it helps me revitalize my face.

      The pumpkin butter sounds yummy too!!!!

      I also enjoy eating pumpkin roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt, alone or as a pizza topping it is delicious....

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