A Pumpkin Skin Facial Scrub for Glowing Skin

Pumpkin skin treatmentPumpkin face masks are popular but here’s a simpler way to use pumpkin skin as a facial treatment that is quicker and I think more effective than regular masks.

You’ll need three ingredients for this facial treatment:

1. Pumpkin peel from a steamed pumpkin (butternut or a similar squash can also be used for this).

I keep the pumpkin rinds, with most of the pulp removed, from the process described in how to cook pumpkin in a sealed container in the fridge. Read more »

Top 5 Skin Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin skin benefitsPumpkin and other winter squash have many benefits for your skin. Here’s five reasons why healthy pumpkin is such a great superfood for improving your skin’s tone and appearance.

1. Antioxidant Carotenoids

Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids found in the bright orange pulp of pumpkins can help defend your skin cells against oxidative damage.

Free radicals from environmental pollutants and UV light can start to break down the connective collagen and elastin that holds our skin together. The long-term results of this collagen and elastin breakdown are wrinkles and other signs of aging. Read more »

Pumpkin, Salmon and Pumpkin Seed Salad

Salad with PumpkinThis is a great tasting salad for getting more nutritious pumpkin and pumpkin seeds into your diet. It’s full of superfoods, very healthy and quite filling as well.

If pumpkin is not in season, butternut squash might be and makes a good alternative with a great taste and a similar nutritional profile. Read more »

Cooking Pumpkin for Maximum Nutrition

How to Cook pumpkinThere is a way to cook your pumpkin that will maintain the most nutritional value when you eat it. It’s also fairly quick and simple and makes for a better tasting pumpkin, whatever recipe you’re using it for.

Choosing a Pumpkin

Smaller pumpkins tend to be better eating than the larger jack-o’-lantern style. Pumpkin breeds such as Blue Hokkaido, Sugar Pie and the Cheese and Cinderella varieties are often recommended for their texture and flavor. Read more »

Healthy Pumpkin vs Potatoes

pumpkin healthyMany people only eat pumpkin at Thanksgiving in sugary pumpkin pies. What a waste.

Pumpkins and winter squash are some of the healthiest of all vegetables (or fruits for the picky) and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Not only do they taste great, pumpkins are low in calories yet surprisingly filling.

Here’s why it’s worth replacing fattening potatoes with healthy pumpkin on your dinner plate. Your body will thank you for it. Read more »