Chef Mareya Ibrahim - October 2018

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October 2018 Edition

An Ode to Pumpkin
by Mareya Ibrahim, Fit Foodie, Author, and Entrepreneur 

Oh, pumpkin. How obsessed I get with you this time of the year! I love you in coffee and tea, muffins and pie, bars and pancakes, risotto and soup - and for your healthy little seeds, too. I just can't get enough. And the best part is, you're good for me! 

You're rich in fiber.
You're low in calories.
You're super hyrdating. 
You're full of antioxidants like vitamin A and beta-carotene.
You help boost my immunity with your vitamin C packed-power.
You help make my skin look good.
You help me fight disease.
You help regulate my blood sugar.
You help me feel fuller longer. 

You taste amazing in so many different ways, especially with cinnamon!
You make it easy to love you, because you're yummy!

October 2018 Edition

A Pumpkin Primer

-    Clean the outside offresh. whole pumpkins with Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash. The minute you cut through, you could be contaminating the inside of the skin isn't washed properly.
-    Sugar pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins and Winter Luxury pumpkins make for some of the best flesh to use in all of these pumpkin recipes.
-    Spoon out all the seeds and pulp and hold onto the seeds for roasting.
-    Cut pumpkin into quarter and place on a baking sheet, skin side down, and roast for about 45 minutes, or until fork tender.
-    If using pre-packaged pumpkin, opt for pure pumpkin puree vs. pumpkin pie filling which is pre-seasoned and often has sugar added.
-    If you can find it, opt for the aseptic pumpkin - it tastes great! Second best choice is canned that is BPA free. 
-   Spices that go well with pumpkin include nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, curry, smoked paprika, cumin and sage. 
-   You can stock up on pureed pumpkin all year round to add to your favorite sweet and savory recipes - it's not just for fall! 

You can download the Fit Foodie's 8 Great Clean Pumpkin Recipes here


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