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Ways To Include Pumpkin Into Your Fall Recipes

You probably can’t head to the grocery store without seeing a pumpkins—or maybe you have taken your family to the patch and picked your own already. No matter how you get them, pumpkins can be for more than just carving and decorating.

Pumpkins, just like other squash, can be used in cooking and there are endless options. From boiling, baking, roasting and steaming them, you can celebrate the season by adding some pumpkin into multiple meals in your day.

If you are looking to incorporate pumpkin into your diet this month—and not just by drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes—we have some tips on how to use the squash to liven up your meals and post-workout treats.

Pumpkin Seeds:
Adding pumpkin seeds to your DIY granola bars—or even just grabbing a handful as a snack—can help you get many needed nutrients. They are high in protein and fiber. You can roast them, but avoid adding too much salt in the process.

Pumpkin Seed Oil:
Adding pumpkin seed oil to salad dressings or for desserts. However, it can be bitter when browned, so avoid cooking with it to keep its nutty flavor intact.

Pumpkin Puree:
If you don’t want to puree your pumpkin at home, it can be purchased in a can (just be sure to read that label to see what has been added!). Throw this into a smoothie for pumpkin pie you can drink!

Pumpkin Flesh:
The flesh of pumpkins can be cut up into cubes and thrown into your meals, from pastas to salads. Try steaming it for a different take on this squash.

Read More On How To Use Pumpkin:
10 Ways To Use Canned Pumpkin
Energy Punching Pumpkin Bars

Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta is the freelance web editor for Women's Running. A freelance journalist, she is the assistant editor at LAVA Magazine and has written for espnW, ELLE, Men's Journal, VICE Sports, Health and more. Find her online at ashleylauretta.com and on Twitter at @ashley_lauretta.