Pumpkins and Pepitas!

It’s Halloween! That means pumpkin season, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin muffins, smoothies, pie, bread…the possibilities are endless! This time of year we decorate our houses with them, smoother our front porches, and stuff our faces with these fall favorites.

This year after you carve your pumpkin for the big night of trick or treating save your pumpkin seeds or “Pepitas” for a healthy snack when you’ve gotten sore teeth and an upset belly after all that candy. Pepitas are great for topping soups, salads or just snacking on them alone. They are loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are high in protein, good fat, and Vitamin E. They boost your mood, lower bad cholesterol, and help fight free-radicals.

As for all your pumpkins, although the pumpkins you carve aren’t edible you can find
edible pumpkins at your local produces stands, farmers markets, and grocery stores. There is so many recipes out there it’s hard to choose just one. The benefits of pumpkins are endless. They are high in fiber, low in calories, loaded with vitamin A, and high in antioxidants. Pumpkins help improve your eye sight, boost your immune system, and fight cancer. They also help you to feel fuller and lose weight.

Ready to try a new recipe with Pepitas or Pumpkins? Check out my recipes for both!

PEPITAS:

  • 1 pumpkin- seeds removed and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of old bay (seafood seasoning)

On a baking sheet, spray or spread olive oil over pan. Spread out pepitas. Sprinkle old bay over seeds and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

RAW PUMPKIN SOUP:

  • 2 C of pumpkin
  • 2 apples cored and diced
  • 2 Tbsp of tahini
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg

Add all ingredients into a higher powered blender and blend until completely smooth. Top with raw pepitas if you want a little crunch! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

2 thoughts on “Pumpkins and Pepitas!

  1. The best part of the fall is of course the changing of the leaves , but most importantly is the pumpkins and their hidden seeds; thanks for the tasty recipe:))

    • Thanks for stopping by! I love fall it’s my favorite season! I love watching the leaves change! UNfortunately we didn’t get to see much of them this year. Just as they were starting to change Sandy came barrelling through this past weekend but so glad I got to see them a little! Hope you enjoy your pumpkin seeds!

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