'Tis the season for pumpkin picking, carving, eating, drinking and workouts! This fall, satiate your inner epicure by incorporating this nutritious squash into your meals for a healthy boost of vitamins A, C and E; cancer-fighting beta carotene; digestion-promoting fiber; heart-healthy potassium; and magnesium (just to name a few). Also, did you know that pumpkins are made of 90 percent water, making them a great low-calorie food?  

A single serving of pumpkin goes a long way, and there are infinite methods of preparing the generously tasty gourd. Just bear in mind the jack-o’-lantern you’re carving may provide tasty roasted pumpkin seeds, but probably isn’t the best bet when it comes to culinary purposes. While many recipes call for canned pumpkin puree, try varieties like Baby Pam, New England Pie, Jack-Be-Little and even kabocha squash if you opt to go the fresh route. 

Now let’s start exploring and cooking. From no-bake protein bites and shakes to flatbreads and hummus, LivingHealthy has sourced out 10 delicious and nutrient-rich pumpkin recipes to whip up this autumn.