pumpkin-photo-for-blog Watch Out For Artificial Pumpkin Season!

It would not be the season of Fall without the sights, smells, and tastes of pumpkin! Pumpkin is a hearty savory vegetable chock full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  This humble veggie is actually one heck of a superfood! 

I am all for the savory deliciousness of pumpkin and crave it myself during Fall.  It seems once October hits everywhere you turn pumpkin flavored drinks and foods are in your face.  BUT BEWARE……. and WATCH OUT for these brilliantly marketed treats and drinks.

Most of these “foods” and drinks out there do not contain any pumpkin at all. Surprise surprise your favorite pumpkin flavored latte or muffin contain hardly any if at all REAL pumpkin. Sadly these foods and drinks marketed are just again processed fake foods and artificial flavors disguised to look delicious and most of all crave-able!

So what are we the consumer to do? We just want a little pumpkin spice to cozy up with on a crisp fall day, right! ? Here are some of my favorite recipes to get my pumpkin craving fulfilled while still being healthy and REAL!

Pumpkin smoothie

½ cup plain pumpkin puree (I use the brand )

1 cup full fat coconut milk

Dash of nutmeg

Dash of cinnamon

½ avocado (for thickness)

1 scoop plain grass fed whey protein powder


Blend and enjoy!


Pumpkin soup

1 can pumpkin puree

1 cup full fat grass fed cream

Few dashes of nutmeg

Dash of cinnamon


2-4 Tablespoons maple syrup

Sprouted pumpkin seeds

Warm all ingredients in a pan on the stove and stir until well blended together, serve topped with a handful of pumpkin seeds, enjoy!

Pumpkin pancakes

Add ½ cup of pumpkin puree to any Gluten Free pancake mix ( I use Pamela’s brand), cook as usual.

Pumpkin muffins/bread

I LOVE this paleo recipe here http://wellnessmama.com/3655/coconut-flour-pumpkin-bread/

And how could I forget the Pumpkin Latte!

Here is my healthier version 🙂

1 cup organic coffee

1-2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree

A few shakes of cinnamon

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons full fat cream

Mix up in mason jar with a hand blender or put in regular blender until a little foam forms on top. Pour hot into coffee mug…………sip, enjoy!!!!

Happy Fall! Stay healthy and enjoy some REAL pumpkin to get all its amazing health benefits!!

Be Well! 🙂

Susie R.