Pumpkin is my Favorite Season

Hi there, remember me?? Well life has been a little crazy this past month and unfortunately blogging has taken the backseat in the crazy ride of life. As the end of August approaches (say what?!) and a new month soon begins, it’s as good a time as ever to set new goals for myself. I encourage you to take the next couple of days and set some personal goals of your own for this coming month! What are they? TELL ME. Let’s keep each other accountable. Here are a few of mine:

  1. Stay consistent and discipled with my half marathon training schedule. 1 week down, 11 to go.
  2. Write at least 6 blogs this month. If you have any requests, I’d love to hear them.
  3. Meal prep for each upcoming week. This is new for me, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do. I plan on writing a blog at the end of the month to share my experience.
  4. Try lots of new, healthy fall recipes. Did you see that Starbucks announced they are now using “real pumpkin” in their Pumpkin Spice Lattes (#PSL)? What were they using before I wonder…

On that note, let’s talk pumpkin. Please, please, please don’t fall for the artificial, preservatives, sugar-filled pumpkin trap when there are so many health benefits to incorporating real pumpkin in your recipe! To name a few of these benefits, pumpkins are:

  • loaded with beta-carotene
  • high in fiber and protein
  • low calorie and low fat
  • jam packed with essential vitamins and minerals

I know it’s much easier to pick up any and every pumpkin-flavored item at the store, but do yourself a huge favor and put down the pumpkin imposter! If you don’t have time to make pumpkin recipes, just make sure the pumpkin products you are buying at the store are free of preservatives, artificial flavors and chemicals (try organic pumpkin puree, pumpkin ice cream, maple pumpkin KIND barsorganic roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin granola, etc.). All you need to do is look at the ingredients listed- if there are things you can’t pronounce… put it down! The less ingredients listed, the better. If you have time, I encourage you to try out some pumpkin recipes! Here are 10 recipes I’ll be trying this September/October.

1. Pumpkin Pancakes by Nosh and Nourish

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: pumpkin pancakes

2. Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups by healthy nibbles and bits

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: pumpkin pie butter cups

3. Banana, Pumpkin Seed and Almond Granola Bars by Deliciously Ella

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: pumpkin granola bars

4. Stuffed Pumpkins by Deliciously Ella

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: stuffed pumpkin

5. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Granola by Savory Style

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: Pumpkin spice granola

6. Vegan Pumpkin Hot Chocolate by Running with Spoons

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: Vegan Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

7. Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins by Running with Spoons

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: Flourless pumpkin muffins

8. Pumpkin Seeds by Simply Recipes

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: seeds

9. Black Bean Pumpkin Soup  by Smitten Kitchen

Pumpkin is my favorite Season: pumpkin soup

10. Pumpkin Dog Biscuits by A Cozy Kitchen

Introducing the newest member to our little family! Even little Sydney can benefit from pumpkin!

Pumpkin is my Favorite Season Sid

Alright, time to get cooking! First up: pumpkin spice granola recipe. What pumpkin recipes are you planning on making this fall?

2 thoughts on “Pumpkin is my Favorite Season

  1. Paula, I make my two dogs pumpkin dog treats and they loved them. I found cookie cutter with different size bones and other doggie shapes. They were so cute. I posted them on my facebook last december. Your dog will love them.
    Sue Aiello

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