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20 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make This Fall

20 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make This Fall

Just this week I had pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin bread, and boy were they delicious. It may seem like I have a bit too much of the orange stuff in my diet, but cut me some slack. It is fall, after all! Rather than go against the grain, why not jump on board the pumpkin bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about? Below are some cool canned pumpkin recipes you can whip up in no time. Pick one, put it together, and serve it to your friends or significant other. I’m sure they’ll be super impressed! (Just as a note: all listed items have a link to the recipe in the description.) Happy pumpkin eating!

1. Pumpkin pancakes

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    I mentioned this in the intro, so you knew it would be here. It’s really easy to make, which is good considering how delicious it is. Click here for the recipe!

    2. Pumpkin parfait

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      It’s like your standard Greek yogurt/fruit mixture, except this time the fruit is exchanged with pumpkin. Best of all, it seems like it’s pretty easy to whip up so long as you have some Greek yogurt and a can of pumpkin lying around.

      3. Pumpkin pudding

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        I like pudding, and I like pumpkin. Why not combine the two? This recipe calls for freshly cubed pumpkin, but I’m sure the stuff in the can works just as well.

        4. Pumpkin alfredo

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          How simple! Just mix a bit of butter, a cup of pumpkin, a cup of cream, and voila! The perfect fall Alfredo sauce. I’ll admit that this one is a bit strange, but it probably tastes good.

          5. Pumpkin oatmeal bars

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            Why spend money on granola bars when you can make your own? You’ll need oats, pumpkin, and some peanut butter to add a bit of a sweet kick.

            6. Pumpkin butter

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              I’ve heard of honey butter, peanut butter, and almond butter, but this one was new to me. It’s great as a spread for breads!

              7. Pumpkin dinner rolls

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                For Thanksgiving this year, spice up your rolls with a bit of pumpkin. They actually look quite delicious.

                8. Pumpkin spice latte

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                  Ah, my favorite. The perfect pumpkin spice latte is better than vanilla or any other flavor I’ve tried. Give it a go for yourself!

                  9. Pumpkin wedges

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                    Like potato wedges, but made out of pumpkin. It sounds a little offbeat to me, but I’d give it a try.

                    10. Pumpkin protein shake

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                      What better way to recover after a run in the brisk fall air than with some protein and pumpkin?

                      11. Pumpkin cheesecake dip

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                        I’ve never heard of cheesecake being used as a dip, but I guess that’s a thing. Looks like you just need some cottage cheese and a bit of pumpkin and you’re good to go.

                        12. Pumpkin mashed potatoes

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                          How simple. Just make mashed potatoes the way you normally would, but add a cup of pumpkin while you are doing the mashing.

                          13. Pumpkin hummus

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                            Like the mashed potatoes, looks like you just make the standard hummus and add a few tablespoons of pumpkin into the mix. An easy way to impress your guests.

                            14. Pumpkin cookies

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                              Mmm. This recipe calls for the use of Greek yogurt, so you know these are going to be some creamy cookies.

                              15. Pumpkin sherbert

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                                I never really thought of pumpkin as being compatible with the tangy taste often associated with sherbert, but I guess it works!

                                16. Pumpkin risotto

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                                  Risotto: the thing people always fail making on the show “Hell’s Kitchen” while chef Gordon Ramsay glares at them. It might be complicated to make, but the result seems to be worth it.

                                  17. Pumpkin ravioli

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                                    I’m half Italian so I might be a little biased in wanting to try this dish. It looks like any old ravioli, except the ricotta cheese filling has a bit of pumpkin puree in it. Yum!

                                    18. Pumpkin bread

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                                      I referenced this in the intro, too, so I can vouch for its awesomeness. It makes for the perfect breakfast or in-between meal snack.

                                      19. Pumpkin fudge

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                                        Fudge is delicious, pumpkin is delicious; putting them together is just the natural thing to do.

                                        20. Pumpkin mustard

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                                          I’m a huge fan of mustard. So, why not get with the season and mix a bit of pumpkin into it? That way, everything I eat can have a little bit of fall in it! Do you have any canned pumpkin recipes you cook up exclusively during the fall? Share with us below!

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                                          Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark Chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko Biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and Black Tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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