Pumpkin

Boy, do we love our pumpkins this time of the year.  Did you know that pumpkins are also a beauty wonder squash?

  • Pumpkins are loaded with Beta-Carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is key to skin repair and rejuvenation.
  • Pumpkin seeds contain Omega-3.  Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid to anti-aging. It maintains skin’s elasticity, tones, strengthens nails, and prevents cells from dehydrating.
  • Pumpkins have lots of potassium. Potassium promotes new skin cell growth.

So let’s start eating this orange goodness!

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 small/medium sugar pie pumpkin
  • 1 cup of agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Peel, seed, and dice pumpkin (set the inner seedy strands aside for your beauty mask). Combine all ingredients in a large pot and simmer until pumpkin is tender (approx 15 min). Stir pumpkin frequently.  Once tender, continue simmering for 20 minutes. Add additional agave and cloves if desired. Pour contents into blender and blend smoothly.  Return blended pumpkin butter to large pot on low heat to thicken for 10 minutes.

Use pumpkin butter as a spread, add to oatmeal and pancakes. Also great to add to pumpkin bread, pancake, and pumpkin pie batters!

Pumpkin Rejuvenating Mask

  • inner stringy fibers from one pumpkin
  • 1 cup of plain organic yogurt

Simply blend ingredients together in a blender. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Brilliant skin!

What do you do with your pumpkins, Beauties? Share your pumpkin goodies in the comments below!

 

Comments

  1. Alexandra says:

    Wow, those both sound so amazing!
    Now I know what I’m doing this weekend 😉

  2. All things pumpkin! Would I be able to get the same benefits if using canned (BPA free, of course!) in place of a real pumpkin for these recipes?

    • Erin, yes you can! And it will cut out a lot of time…peeling a pumpkin is quite an awkward task, so that BPA free canned pumpkin can be used. Btw, did you know that all the canned goods at Trader Joes is BPA free? Love TJs!