More than a staple for autumn decorations, pumpkin is an amazing and nutritionally dense food, packed with a bounty of supportive nutrients. This portable gem is rich in potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure, and loaded with antioxidants, which support the body in a myriad of ways. The beta-carotene in pumpkin can help support eye health and may offer protection against asthma and heart disease. The seeds and pulp of the pumpkin can assist in the absorption of glucose, helping to regulate blood sugar. However you cook it up, take the pumpkin from the porch into your kitchen and discover new ways to support well being. Eat in good health.
Triple Triple Brittle
This recipe from one of my favorite chefs, Rebecca Katz, offers a tasty treat that includes THREE powerful seeds: Pumpkin, Sunflower and Sesame. All of these seeds contribute to healthy mood and cognitive functioning!
Try this new twist on pasta sauce! The garlic, oregano, and onion help healthy digestive function and the tomatoes and peppers support the immune system. You can make your own pumpkin puree, but if you buy canned, please read the ingredients and avoid added sugar or syrup!
Vegan Pumpkin Bread
This is a variation on a delicious staple. This recipe limits sugar and is vegan option for some moist, delicious treat.
Moving into Autumn
The change of season, from summer into fall, begins the call to move slower. After the hustle and bustle of warmer weather, we may feel inclined to lean into full hibernation. Despite the resting rhythm, it’s still a great time to keep moving! We’ve compiled a list of places and resources to encourage you to keep moving forward while enjoying the delightful color show of the trees.
Located in Lisle, Illinois, The Morton Arboretum has acres of land with pathways collared by trees and wildlife.
Illinois Prairie Path
Spanning 61+ miles through DuPage, Cook, and Kane Counties, the Illinois Prairie Path offers many options to quench soul thirst in the company of nature.
Illinois Fall Color Report
Enjoy Illinois has collected a short list of posts detailing the colors around the state. Any one of the state parks or forest preserves (Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County) are waiting for you to stop by an enjoy the scenery.
Wisconsin Fall Color Report
Don’t Forget Your Own Back Yard
If time feels limited and the above options seem out of reach, your own neighborhood is bound to offer a dazzling color show of its own. The key is to take time to mingle with nature and keep moving, even if it is at a slower pace.