Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice!

It officially feels like fall here in NYC - the sun is setting earlier, there is a crisp-ness in the air and I've even seen some leaves starting to turn.

This week especially I've noticed my body craving different foods - my summery salads don't seem as appealing (I know, what??). I'm hungry for warmer dishes, heartier veggies like roasted cauliflower and baked sweet potatoes, sautéed greens, and ALL the warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Today I'm sharing three recipes that incorporate these spices AND one of fall's favorite flavors: PUMPKIN!

Pumpkin is actually a vegetable and packed with vitamins and nutrients [but you have to eat the veggie itself, not just a pumpkin-spice flavored something]

The benefits of eating pumpkin include:

Boosts your immune system - One cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly 20 percent of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C, which is especially important this time of year!

Aids in workout recovery - Pumpkin is a good source potassium (more than a banana!) which helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

Keeps your eyesight sharp - Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which helps protect your peepers!