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8 Impressive Health Benefits Of Pumpkin

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  It is pumpkin season! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, creamy pumpkin soup, pumpkin crisps ! - The choices are endless, and endlessly delicious! Not only is pumpkin fall's signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it is also packed with powerful healthy perks. Below we've selected some impressive health benefits of pumpkin! Let us know what you love about pumpkins!  

1. Pumpkins Keep Eyesight Sharp. 

A cup of cooked or mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision.  

2. Pumpkins Aid Weight Loss

Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber, but with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. A fiber-rich diet seems to help people eat less, and thereby lose weight.

3. Pumpkin Seeds Can Help Your Heart

Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in certain plant-bsed chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or ''bad'' cholesterol.  

4. Pumpkins May Reduce Cancer Risk

Like their orange comrades the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash, pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.

5. Pumpkins Protect Skin

The same neutralising powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free, Health magazine reported.

6. Pumpkin Seeds Can Boost Your Mood

Pumpkin seeds are rich in amino acid tryptophan, the famed ingredient in turkey that many think brings on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. While experts agree it's te overeating is the problem rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep.  A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help your outlook stay bright.

7. Pumpkins Can Help After A Hard Workout

Ever heard of bananas being touted as nature's energy bar? Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refuelling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana's 422. A little extra potassium helps restore the body's balance after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

8. Pumpkins Can Boost Your Immune System

Pumpkins are a solid source of the essential nutrient. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 11 milligrams, or nearly 20% of the 60 milligrams the IOM recommends women need daily. Men should aim for around 75 milligrams.

Halloween inspiration

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Halloween weekend is fast approaching and the colour orange has never been so appealing! We have picked out some of the finest inspiration for you to throw the best Halloween themed party, or drinks of some sort!

Halloween Mood

Flavours: pumpkin, orange, ginger, butternut squash, cinnamon, cranberry, chocolate Characters: bats, ghosts, cats, spiders, cobwebs, witch, Harry Potter, eyeballs Colour code: anything that looks like blood, lime green, orange, white


 Halloween Franken-cupcakes


Toffee apple muffins 


Halloween ghost cupcakes 



Zombie punch


Spiced orange pumpkin bowl 


Hollow out a medium size pumpkin and fill halfway with ice. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, pour in 4 to 8 bottles of Crabbie's Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Top with sliced oranges.

To make citrus ice cubes: Take 1 orange and use a peeler to create small orange zest peels to curl up and put in each tray. Take a second orange and cut in quarters, then cut each quarter into small triangle slices that will fit in the ice cube tray. Freeze.

To rim glasses: Mix the 2 tablespoons cinnamon, ¼ cup sugar in the raw, and 1 tablespoon allspice in a small bowl and then pour evenly onto a small plate. Rim each glass with orange slices to create a wet layer for the sugar mixture to stick to. Roll the rim of your glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture, add a few citrus ice cubes to your glass.

Black cauldron 


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice...

  1. Combine 1½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, ¼ part agave syrup, ¼ part sage simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, and 1 capsule activated charcoal, which adds a jet-black hue and a light smoky flavor to the cocktail.
  2. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Smoked pumpkin


In cocktail shaker filled with ice...

  1. Add 1 ounce Ketel One Orange, ¼ ounce lime juice, 1 ounce Illegal Mezcal, 2 heaping bar spoons of pumpkin butter, and 2 dashes orange bitters.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with cubes ice. Garnish with an orange twist and a sprinkle of flake smoked salt.

Pumpkin Carving

A quick how to on youtube


For your toolbox

Bargain: 9 piece carving kit for £1!


For the experts...

Pumpkin pro safety power saw


Carved creations beyond the norm

Great lanterns



Elaborate table centrepieces


A practical wine holder


Some of your favourite animated characters

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Anything looking other than a pumpkin!

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Spooky decor



And don't forget about our delicious pumpkin crisps!