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5 Healthy Ways to Eat Pumpkin
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 by Danielle Schaub

5 Healthy Ways to Eat Pumpkin

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There’s nothing like the fall season. Crisp air, crunchy leaves, and pumpkin spice versions of all your favorite things. Pumpkin may be the most iconic vegetable of fall, but we rarely eat it that way. We get most of this seasonal treat in the sweet form of pie, lattes, and cupcakes.
 
Packed with nutrients, pumpkin has twice the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A, is a good source of Vitamin C, and has as much potassium as a small banana. Plus, there’s a reason we eat pumpkin in the fall. Those nutrients translate to healthy vision for when it gets dark earlier, a strong immune system to fight colds during changing weather and it helps to keep your blood pressure stable for holidays spent with family and in-laws.
 
It’s a tough time of year to avoid all sweets (looking at you, baset of Halloween candy). If you’re looking to strike a balance in your pumpkin intake this month, here are five recipes from Territory Foods that up the health value by ditching the sugar. 

Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Mash

Pumpkin makes a versatile mash. We like combining pumpkin and sweet potato with garlic for a nutritious side that packs a punch. Pumpkin is also a good compliment to white potatoes or cauliflower. Try replacing half of the vegetables in your favorite mash recipe with pumpkin.

Serves 4-6
Ingredients

- 1 cup pumpkin puree, firmly packed
- 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and firmly packed
- 1 head garlic, roasted
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1 pinch salt, season to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper, season to taste

Directions 

- Place pumpkin puree and sweet potato in food processor, blender or medium-size bowl.
- Add roasted garlic, coconut oil, salt, and pepper to pumpkin and sweet potato.
- Process on medium speed or use hand masher until silky smooth and well combined.

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Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Mash

Pumpkin makes a versatile mash. We like combining pumpkin and sweet potato with garlic for a nutritious side that packs a punch. Pumpkin is also a good compliment to white potatoes or cauliflower. Try replacing half of the vegetables in your favorite mash recipe with pumpkin.

Serves 4-6
Ingredients

- 1 cup pumpkin puree, firmly packed
- 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and firmly packed
- 1 head garlic, roasted
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1 pinch salt, season to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper, season to taste

Directions 

- Place pumpkin puree and sweet potato in food processor, blender or medium-size bowl.
- Add roasted garlic, coconut oil, salt, and pepper to pumpkin and sweet potato.
- Process on medium speed or use hand masher until silky smooth and well combined.

Pumpkin Curry

Curry sauce is surprisingly simple to make. We love a dairy-free version with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and plenty of spices—like cinnamon and curry powder. Simmered with shrimp, chicken or fresh veggies, it will warm (and nourish) the heart and soul.

Serves 4
Ingredients

- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 can coconut milk 
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger)
- 1 teaspoon salt, season to taste
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets (save the stems for juicing)
- 1 sweet potato, chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional)

Directions

- Melt the coconut oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, and saute the onion and pepper until tender, about 8 minutes. 
- Add coconut milk, pumpkin puree, water, curry, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, and stir well to combine. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as you see fit, keeping in mind that the additional vegetables you're about to add in will dilute the flavor slightly.
- Add chopped broccoli florets and sweet potato to the sauce. Stir well to coat. 
- Bring the sauce to a simmer, then cover and allow the veggies to cook until fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust flavor, if necessary. If you'd like a slightly sweet curry, add maple syrup one tablespoon at a time until you reach desired sweetness. 
- Serve piping hot over a bed of cooked quinoa, or cauliflower rice for a grain-free option. 

- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Pumpkin Curry

Curry sauce is surprisingly simple to make. We love a dairy-free version with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and plenty of spices—like cinnamon and curry powder. Simmered with shrimp, chicken or fresh veggies, it will warm (and nourish) the heart and soul.

Serves 4
Ingredients

- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 can coconut milk 
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger)
- 1 teaspoon salt, season to taste
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets (save the stems for juicing)
- 1 sweet potato, chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional)

Directions

- Melt the coconut oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, and saute the onion and pepper until tender, about 8 minutes. 
- Add coconut milk, pumpkin puree, water, curry, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, and stir well to combine. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as you see fit, keeping in mind that the additional vegetables you're about to add in will dilute the flavor slightly.
- Add chopped broccoli florets and sweet potato to the sauce. Stir well to coat. 
- Bring the sauce to a simmer, then cover and allow the veggies to cook until fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust flavor, if necessary. If you'd like a slightly sweet curry, add maple syrup one tablespoon at a time until you reach desired sweetness. 
- Serve piping hot over a bed of cooked quinoa, or cauliflower rice for a grain-free option. 

- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Pumpkin Pancakes

We love a hearty paleo-friendly flapjack made with almond flour, pumpkin puree, and coconut milk for sweetness. Sprinkle with cinnamon for an added antioxidant and pop of flavor.

Ingredients

- 8 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 14 ounces coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Cooking spray or butter

Directions

- Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Coat with cooking spray or butter. 
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk eggs. Mix in pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and vanilla to eggs. 
- Add all dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
- Spoon 1/2 cup of batter onto hot skillet into desired pancake size.
- Cook the first side of pancake(s) for about 3 minutes or until cooked enough to flip or small bubbles appear. Use a spatula to carefully flip the pancake(s). Let the other side cook for 2-3 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
- Serve warm with desired topping, like pure maple syrup.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

We love a hearty paleo-friendly flapjack made with almond flour, pumpkin puree, and coconut milk for sweetness. Sprinkle with cinnamon for an added antioxidant and pop of flavor.

Ingredients

- 8 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 14 ounces coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Cooking spray or butter

Directions

- Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Coat with cooking spray or butter. 
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk eggs. Mix in pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and vanilla to eggs. 
- Add all dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
- Spoon 1/2 cup of batter onto hot skillet into desired pancake size.
- Cook the first side of pancake(s) for about 3 minutes or until cooked enough to flip or small bubbles appear. Use a spatula to carefully flip the pancake(s). Let the other side cook for 2-3 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
- Serve warm with desired topping, like pure maple syrup.

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Pumpkin seeds can be swapped out for other nuts in any pesto recipe. These seeds are high in protein, magnesium and a great source of healthy fats. Pulse in a food processor with the other ingredients and use them anywhere you like pesto. We love pumpkin seeds on salmon for more omega power or in a pesto egg scramble for breakfast!

Serving Size: 2 ½ cups
Ingredients 

- 2 cups unsalted hulled (green) pumpkin seeds
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, season to taste
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- Ground black pepper, season to taste

Directions

- Preheat oven to 375°F. 
- Toss pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons of oil and salt then spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast until seeds are puffed and fragrant, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Combine seeds in a food processor or blender with water, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro and remaining oil. Pulse until mixture forms a coarse paste, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cover and chill until ready to use.

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Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Pumpkin seeds can be swapped out for other nuts in any pesto recipe. These seeds are high in protein, magnesium and a great source of healthy fats. Pulse in a food processor with the other ingredients and use them anywhere you like pesto. We love pumpkin seeds on salmon for more omega power or in a pesto egg scramble for breakfast!

Serving Size: 2 ½ cups
Ingredients 

- 2 cups unsalted hulled (green) pumpkin seeds
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, season to taste
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- Ground black pepper, season to taste

Directions

- Preheat oven to 375°F. 
- Toss pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons of oil and salt then spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast until seeds are puffed and fragrant, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Combine seeds in a food processor or blender with water, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro and remaining oil. Pulse until mixture forms a coarse paste, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cover and chill until ready to use.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

These glorious muffins will satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings while doing your body a favor. They are free of gluten, dairy, and low in natural sugar. The cranberries add tartness while the seeds add a delightful crunch. Enjoy!

12 servings
Ingredients

- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup pumpkin, canned
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, whole
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, chopped

Directions

- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place 12 paper (or silicone) muffin liners in muffin cups.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, blend eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup.
- Add cranberries and whole pumpkin seeds to wet mixture.
- Fold in dry mixture.
- Fill muffin cups ¾ full and top with chopped pumpkin seeds.
- Bake for 18 to 21 minutes or to an internal temperature of 204-207°F. 
- Remove from oven and place on cooling racks. 


Try working some of these ideas into your fall meals to stay seasonal without overdoing the sugar! 

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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

These glorious muffins will satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings while doing your body a favor. They are free of gluten, dairy, and low in natural sugar. The cranberries add tartness while the seeds add a delightful crunch. Enjoy!

12 servings
Ingredients

- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup pumpkin, canned
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, whole
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, chopped

Directions

- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place 12 paper (or silicone) muffin liners in muffin cups.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, blend eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup.
- Add cranberries and whole pumpkin seeds to wet mixture.
- Fold in dry mixture.
- Fill muffin cups ¾ full and top with chopped pumpkin seeds.
- Bake for 18 to 21 minutes or to an internal temperature of 204-207°F. 
- Remove from oven and place on cooling racks. 


Try working some of these ideas into your fall meals to stay seasonal without overdoing the sugar! 

Danielle Schaub
Written by
Danielle Schaub
Culinary & Nutrition Manager | Territory Foods
About the author
A registered dietitian, Danielle is a menu writer, chef motivator, and Territory Foods' resident nutritionist by day. Based in D.C., you can find her being an utter novice in the CrossFit gym, frolicking with her dogs, and cheering for all the sports teams.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.