Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Brandon Bolton, RDNThese delicious pumpkin seeds are spiked with chili powder, garlic and cayenne making them a spicy and healthy snack that everyone will love. Keto Low Carb Pumpkin CookiesI’ve been searching for a healthier version of a cookie to make during the holiday season and I’ve found one. Not just because it’s keto friendly, but because the star ingredient is pumpkin. Did you know that pumpkin is loaded with nutrients that are great for your skin? High in carotenoids like beta-carotene, which our bodies turn to Vitamin A, studies have shown that these carotenoids can act as a natural sunblock. They can also help protect skin cells against damage from harmful UV rays. Now let’s talk about Vitamin C. Your body needs this in order to make collagen which is a protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy. You’ve probably heard about collagen all over social media. You can consume it in many ways…but did you ever think a cookie would be able to provide this 'must have' protein in such a satisfying way? As your making this delicious recipe, just think about all the health benefits your getting from this winter squash.Pumpkin Pasta with Italian Sausage & ArugulaMost of us can’t get enough pumpkin sweets in the fall and then what? Well, pumpkin is still a beneficial superfood in the winter months and makes an amazing nutrient dense savory dish when it becomes cold outside and your looking for a quick meal to make in between holiday shopping while getting your home cleaned and decorated for entertaining. Try this recipe that’s bursting with savory flavors from the fennel in the Italian sausage to the spice of the arugula. The creaminess of the pumpkin sauce as it binds to the pasta will create a delicious bite that will help bring all these savory flavors together. No Bake Pumpkin SnacksPumpkin is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants making it an incredibly healthy food. Not that anyone ever needs a reason to eat this deliciousness during the fall season. Add a few other key ingredients that are packed with omega’s, protein and fiber – not to mention pumpkin spice and cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a crowd pleaser for any occasion. Pumpkin GingerbreadDid someone say pumpkin and gingerbread in the same sentence? That’s right folks, you’ve been asking for fall and this recipe gets you there faster than ever before. Picture yourself sitting in your coziest spot with a slice of this amazing bread and a cup of hot chai tea or a pumpkin latte…Yumm! Pumpkin offers a healthy twist that includes a good source of fiber and tons of nutrients.Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese SpreadThere is nothing quite as delicious as pumpkin spice during the holidays. Unfortunately, many of those pumpkin spice flavored treats are major culprits in unwanted holiday weight gain. This pumpkin spice cream cheese spread has all of the things I love about pumpkin spice treats, the richness and sweetness, but because it goes great with high fiber foods like apple slices or 100% whole wheat toast, it fits perfectly into a balanced diet.
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