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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.
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Fitness
Published Friday Nov 13, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Why You Need a Virtual Workout Buddy

Fitness
Motivation

Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test.  On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?

That’s a different story.  

While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand* 

The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.  

I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.  

If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why: 


A virtual workout buddy keeps you accountable. 

Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self.  According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.  


A virtual workout buddy will push you further. 

Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.  


A virtual workout buddy makes you more adventurous. 

Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.   


A virtual workout buddy helps keep you social.

Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.  

As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.