A Very Pumpkin Halloween Menu

Did you know that pumpkins are great for weight management, diabetes, and your immune system? (WebMD) Pumpkin has Vitamin A and C which helps with diabetes management. It’s also a fiber rich food, which can keep you feeling full on fewer calories (WebMD). Celebrate this Halloween by trying a few dishes that are filled with pumpkin. Keep reading below to see all of the ways pumpkin can be used in your meals.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix

Trail mixes or snack mixes can be eaten while on the go and you can add almost anything you like to it. A few popular additions are Chex mix, nuts, or dried fruits like raisins and cranberries. This Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix is a kicked up version of an old favorite. Roasted pumpkin seeds are added in for extra texture and flavor. Not only is this recipe easy to make but you can get the kids to help out also. Get the full recipe below.

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Roasted pumpkin seed snack mix recipe

Pumpkin, Banana, and Peanut Butter sandwich

Have you ever had a pumpkin, banana, and peanut butter sandwich? It’s a tasty trio that works so well. This recipe calls for canned pumpkin, which is mixed together with a few tablespoons of peanut butter. Next, the mixture is then spread on a slice of whole wheat bread and topped with banana slices creating a delicious fall sandwich. Give it a try this fall by taking a look at the recipe below.

Pumpkin, peanut butter, and banana sandwich recipe

Pumpkin Smoothie

What better way to relax and enjoy Halloween than with a refreshing pumpkin smoothie? If you have some extra pumpkin and bananas left over from the sandwich recipe, you can use them here. Canned pumpkin is once again combined with bananas and a few other items like orange juice and milk to create the perfect fall smoothie. Get your glasses ready and take a look at the recipe below.

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Pumpkin smoothie recipe

 

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Sources:

https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/roasted-pumpkin-seed-snack-mix

https://www.eatsmart.umd.edu/recipe/pumpkin-peanut-butter-sandwich

https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/food-distribution-fdd/pumpkin-smoothie

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/got-pumpkin

 

 

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