With winter on its way out, now is your last chance to savor this season’s star produce in its freshest form. Butternut squash—technically a fruit, but often thought of a vegetable—is at its peak from fall to late winter. Cube and simmer it in broth with spices and onion, then blend smooth in your food processor for a flavorful and nutritious soup.
Almond butter is tempting on toast or crackers, but don’t stop at spreading when it comes to splurging on this creamy, nutty treat. Scoop some into your blender along with a can of pumpkin, a splash of coconut milk and a couple of spices for a quick, tasty pudding that doubles as dessert or a healthy snack.
It’s been a delicious (and healthy) year! Plates were piled high with colorful salads. Meatless Mondays trickled over into Tuesdays (and Wednesdays and Thursdays…). You kicked gluten to the curb. Burned out your blender on micro-greens smoothies. Fell harder in love with chocolate than you ever thought possible, once you tasted it raw.
Start your day with the festive flavors of fall! Creamy, canned pumpkin and colorful carrots come together to make a nutrient-packed smoothie, naturally sweetened with fresh orange juice and tropical fruit.
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Pureed pumpkin is perfect for making silky pies and moist muffins. But don’t limit your use of this favorite fall ingredient to dessert recipes! Like potato pancakes, these savory pumpkin cakes are served as a side dish and can be dipped into applesauce or cashew cream.
Trick…or treat? This tasty frozen dessert is a little of both! Creamy, cold and rich, it’s got all the appeal of soft-serve ice cream. But instead of dairy, coconut milk and almond butter are blended with pumpkin for a healthier chilled “cream” confection.
It’s that wonderful time of year when everyone’s buzzing about hot cider, apple picking and… pumpkins! But they’re not just for carving and cooking. Pumpkins offer an excellent source of vitamin A, oils, enzymes and antioxidants that can support cell turnover and provide balance to dull, aging or dry skin.
In honor of autumn, here are my top picks for pumpkin beauty products:
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