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Pumpkin Foodie: Pumpkin & Pasta

Category : Healthy Eating


1/2 small sugar pumpkin

4 T extra-virgin olive oil (divided)

1/2 t salt

2 T honey

1/2 lb. whole grain pasta

2 t minced garlic

2 minced anchovies (optional…we skipped these)

1/2 C  finely chopped walnuts

1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese

1) Peel half of a small sugar pumpkin and cut into 1-inch chunks.  (about 4 cups) Toss with 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt & honey. Roast on a baking sheet at 425 degrees until tender, about 45 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. When done cooking, drain but reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water.

3) When pumpkin is done is cooking, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add minced garlic, cook about 1 minutes (until garlic is softening) then add walnuts and pumpkin. Stir to combine without smashing pumpkin chunks.

4) Combine pasta with 1/2 cup pasta cooking water and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with more olive oil.

5) Transfer to bowl and toss with pumpkin mixture. Serve!

Nutritional info(serves 4):

521 calories

5 g saturated fate

21 g unsaturated fat

61 carb

16 g protein (that would be with the anchovies, mind you)

7 g fiber


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Pumpkin Workout

Category : Exercise

The Pumpkin Workout is designed to help you burn off any extra calories you happen to eat on Halloween.
Grab a pumpkin and let’s get going!
Exercise #1: Pumpkin swings
Exercise #2: Step back lunge with a pumpkin twist
Exercise #3: Side-to-side lunge with a pumpkin curl
Exercise #4: Sumo squat with pumpkin up & over

Every time your eat a piece of candy do this workout & have fun!
P.S. The pumpkin I used for this video weighed 7 1/2 pounds and it was plenty heavy. If you can’t find a pumpkin that’s the right weight for you it’s OK to use a med ball or a hand weight instead.


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XO Foodie: Curry Pumpkin Hummus

Category : Healthy Eating

Lori & Eben shared this Curry Pumpkin Hummus recipe with us. It was delicious! Eben says he rarely follows a recipe, but (mostly) followed this one:


1 T extra virgin olive oil

2 Cloves garlic, minced

1 T curry powder

1.5 T honey

1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 oz) unsweetened Pumpkin Puree

1.5 t finely minced fresh ginger

1.5 t koser or sea salt

In a small frying pan over medium heat, warm the oil.  Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add curry and saute for 1 additional minute. Stir in honey and remove from heat.

In a food processor, chop garbanzos until they are finely mashed.  Add pumpkin, ginger, salt and garlic mixture. Process until hummus is smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Set aside for a least 1 hour.

Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds if desired.

Sorry, no pictures…we ate it all up before I thought of that!!

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XO Foodie: Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Category : Healthy Eating

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without this traditional favorite. The hard part is retrieving the seeds from the pumpkin!!

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds


1 C pumpkin seeds 

1 T extra-virgin olive oil

1 T honey

pinch of each:







Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread pumpkin seeds on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes…flip seeds after 5 minutes.

Remove seeds from oven  and toss seeds with olive oil, honey, and spices listed above.

Return to oven and roast until golden brown. 5-10 minutes….keep an eye on them…they burn easily!!