It can’t have escaped your notice that it’s pumpkin season! Anyone else have an Instagram feed simply full of beautiful photos of pumpkin patches? I love this time of year, and I love the versatility of the food too. All the colours, smells, textures and flavours- amazing! This week we’re bringing you a real quick little guide on three super little uses for pumpkin- we hope you enjoy!
Use pumpkin in your daily workout
Yes. Really! You can eat it, you can drink it- but did you know you can exercise with it? Stay with us, we’re really on to something here! Of course, this is a bit of fun, but there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy pumpkin in a slightly different way is there?!
If you get a large enough pumpkin, you can use it in place of a kettle bell weight. So squats, jumping jacks and squat presses are all feasible additions to your autumn work out regime. Honestly, give it a try. It’s worth a laugh if nothing else! Thanks to Mind Body Green for this awesome idea!
Ok, let’s get serious now. Did you know that pumpkins are also great for…
…spreading on toast
Pumpkin seed butter is THE new peanut butter and oh so delicious! Never tried it? You must! All you need to make it is two cups of pumpkin seeds – can be raw, or roasted. Then add flavours to taste, such as a tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten it up. You can also add a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of cinnamon and quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt too.
To make the butter, simply add the seeds to a food processor and blend for around five minutes, until you get a smooth consistency that you could spread on toast. Add the required flavours and blend again. That’s it! This is delicious on toasted rye bread. Yum!
… spreading on your skin
We couldn’t write this post without a good old skin scrub recipe! We love pumpkin for this because it’s full of vitamins A, C and E, which means that it works to eliminate red blotches and spots. So if you’re after autumn ready glowing skin, this is the recipe for you!
All you need is:
- Two cups of fresh organic pumpkin
- One papaya
- Three tablespoons of raw honey
- One cup of organic sugar
To make the scrub, you need to start by steaming the pumpkin for around 15minutes, or until soft. While it’s steaming,remove the seeds from the papaya and transfer the flesh into a bowl. Then when the pumpkin is ready, leave to cool. Once cool, mash with a fork and add the papaya, mashing both together until combined. Then add the honey and sugar and mix well. Spread the mixture over your hands and feet and use small circular motions to massage into the skin. You can leave this on for several minutes, before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. It will feel amazing!