Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Mix

Supermarket RD's Pick
Happy Halloween!  In case you missed it, here are a few tips and tricks to stay healthy this Halloween.
What is a better time to feature pumpkin puree as my Supermarket RD’s Pick than on Halloween.
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Pumpkin is a good source of vitamins A, C, E and the B vitamins and dietary fiber with minerals rich with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc.
Now this key is, if you are getting pumpkin puree from a can, make sure it is 100% PURE pumpkin, meaning it is simply one ingredient, pumpkin.
It’s a little tricky when this can is sitting right next to the 100% pure pumpkin on the shelf in the grocery store.
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Both looking very similar on the front, don’t be fooled by this pumpkin pie MIX. The mix is a short cut to making pumpkin pie and has all this sugar and flavorings added. Stick to the 100% pure pumpkin for a healthy choice.
Pumpkin puree can be used so many ways and even used to cut back on fats in baking recipes. Below are a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes, that I think you may enjoy as well!

IMG_3923-2Pumpkin Pie Chia Mousse

Pumpkin-Waffles-7339Pumpkin Blender Waffles with Pumpkin Cream 

pumpkin-2Bchoc-2Braisin-2Bbiscotti-2B3Pumpkin Chocolate-Cranberry Biscotti


Tips for a Healthy Halloween

This weekend I ran the #LegacyRace for Cabot. I chose the 5k distance. It has been really chilly this past week, but Saturday it was so beautiful out.
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Some pumpkin carving also took place. Without any of those fancy carving tools, I think we did a pretty good job!
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It’s a few days before Halloween and many have asked me how to stay on track with healthy eating when there is so much candy around. I compiled 5 tips and tricks to help stay healthy during the Halloween season.
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1. Get in some exercise. Schedule a workout date with yourself that morning or before the trick-or-treaters start ringing your doorbell. Those endorphins from your workout will put you in a feel good mood that may also help limit that second serving of candy.
2. Keep candy fun sized. You may want to be the “cool house” on the block, but those king size bars are much harder to only have a third of a bar and saving the rest for later. Opt for the fun sized for a portioned controlled treat.
3. Hold off on opening the candy as long as you can. Wait for that first trick-or-treater to ring your doorbell to open the bag of candy. Earlier on in the week before Halloween it will be less tempting knowing that that bag isn’t opened.
4. Didn’t get as many trick-or-treaters as you thought and now there are leftovers? Either spoil that last trick-or-treater by giving them the rest of your stash, or bring the leftovers to work.
5. Practice mindful eating. Don’t scarf down your Halloween treat. Slow down and truly enjoy it.
Don’t want to give out candy for Halloween this year? Give out a healthy snack like Cabot snack size sharp cheddar!
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Don’t forger to enter for 1 Cabot Legacy Gift box giveaway. Giveaway ends on Halloween!
Disclaimer: By being a team leader for Cabot’s virtual race, my registration fee was paid for, received a $100 donation in my name to a local food bank of my choice, and was able to provide awesome RDelcious Kitchen readers with a Cabot Legacy gift basket. I was not compensated to write this post, all opinions expressed here are my own.