If you think of pumpkin as something you only use to decorate with in the fall and eat in a pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas, then you are missing out on some serious nutrition! Pumpkin is low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. And it can be prepared in many ways besides pie.
Pumpkin bread and muffins, pumpkin soup, pumpkin waffles and pancakes, pumpkin ravioli – pumpkin recipes abound. Whether you choose to use fresh or canned pumpkin in your recipes, you can still reap the nutritional benefits.
If you choose to grow your own, it will take a little planning. But it isn’t hard and would be a great family project. You could even try to beat the world record champion pumpkins! But you have to think big: the Guinness World Record – currently held by Beni Meier in Switzerland, whose third mammoth pumpkin of 2014 weighed 2,323 pounds.
If you prefer to stick to a simpler family project, plan now for a family pumpkin carving contest. The traditional Jack-o-lantern is always fun, or you can try something a little more unique. Perhaps carve a message into your pumpkin or go for a friendly character.