- Posted October 12, 2013 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who taught you to love food?
DELICIOUS (& NUTRITIOUS) PUMPKINS!
"Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer -- the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It's finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.," said a story on the health benefits of pumpkins.
Pumpkins do pack some seriously powerful healthy perks, such as lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation. They help to prevents autoimmune diseases and assist in keeping your vision and eyes
Everywhere you look this time of year, you can see pumpkins. Pumpkin Lattes at Starbucks, Pumpkin bagels at Einstein's Brothers, Best of all: Trader Joe's is loaded with pumpkin-ingredient flavored items.
Pumpkin seasonal picks abound at this retailer A stroll through the popular grocers this time of year means a shopping basket loaded with pumpkin goodies.
Pumpkin Bread & Muffin mix is a must--particularly for baking at Thanksgiving. Pumpkin waffles--so sweet and savory, My son loves the Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt flavored with pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin soup, Pumpkin Ravioli, Pumpkin Toaster Pastries and of course those delicious Pumpkin Pies!
One of big favs: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins--to die for! There is a Pumpkin flavored cream cheese.
Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal: OMG, so good! Believe it or not, there are Pumpkin Dog Treats! Even the canines dig the fall veggie and howl with delight over their doggie bakery treat.
Pumpkin Cheesecake? Oh yea! Pumpkin Spice Chai leapt off the Trader Joe shelves last year so it's back again. But my absolute Pumpkin favorite? Pumpkin Spice granola--my son can eat an entire 16 oz. bag for breakfast. It is absolutely wonderful with honey, raisins, whole grain oats, pumpkin, and seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Last year I bought an entire case of it and it was gone by Christmas!
The only thing I did not see: Pumpkin wine although I did notice a Trader Joe's Pumpkin Ale. Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! I guess I must confess:
I have a thing for Pumpkins!
photo credit: Pumpkins-Galore