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FRESH FROM THE PUMPKIN PATCH


After saturating you last week with the MANY health benefits of pumpkin, I thought it would only be fair to share a couple of recipes for you to try in your own kitchen!  

Remember pumpkin is a storehouse of vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients that we should certainly include in our meal planning more frequently!  I’m not sure why we tend to only savor this tasty food in the fall of every year, when it can/should be something we enjoy all year long!

Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes
I admittedly have enjoyed testing the following recipe.  These colorful, spicy little beauties will keep you full for hours after eating just one serving!

¾ cup unbleached flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon organic pure cane sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pinch clove
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup organic milk 
½ cup canned organic pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon melted organic butter
1 egg
chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:
Sift flours, sugar, baking soda, spices and salt into a bowl.
In separate bowl whisk together milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and egg.
Fold mixture into dry ingredients.
Lightly grease a griddle with pure coconut oil (perfect choice for pan frying and saut√©ing) and heat over medium heat.   Pour or ladle batter onto griddle (batter will be thick).  I then like to lightly sprinkle the pancakes with the chopped walnuts.  This way, when you flip the pancakes, you will get a light toasting of the walnuts while the pancake is cooking on the other side.  Pumpkin delicious-ness!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Making a smoothie in the morning before you race out the door is a perfect grab-and-go option. For those of you who say smoothies are too time-consuming and messy…all I can say is: Faster and MUCH healthier than McDonald’s, that’s for sure!

¼ cup canned organic pumpkin puree
1 frozen banana (When your bananas start to turn, peel them, put them on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Then you will always be ready for smoothies!)
2 tbsp. protein powder
1 tsp. ground flax seed
1 tsp. molasses
2 tsp. organic honey
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (more or less to taste)
½ cup organic milk
4 – 5 ice cubes

Blend it up and it’s a delicious, satisfying breakfast…in a cup.  You are getting lots of vitamin A (pumpkin), protein, omega 3s (flax), and iron (molasses).

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