Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

By Ashley Danielson, RDN, LD

Fall is a time for sweater weather, for chili in the crockpot with football games, and for turning up the heat in the yoga studio. Fall is also a time when the popularity of pumpkin rises extremely quickly. Although we tend to think pumpkins are a vegetable, they are a fruit in its true form, and contain over 500 seeds. We typically consume the inside of the pumpkin and the seeds, but every single part of a pumpkin is edible! The nutrients that you consume when eating pumpkin are amazing; pumpkins contain an extensive amount of fiber, potassium, vitamin a and c, magnesium and iron.

Whether you are a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte lover, or you are looking for a new recipe for your stash of pumpkin in the pantry, here are some great ways to use more pumpkin this season.

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats with Chia

This recipe is divine! It’s fiber-filled with rolled oats, chia seeds and pumpkin puree. I love overnight oats because you make them the night before (hence the overnight), which makes meal prep so much easier. You can just make one breakfast ahead, or you can make multiple for a couple of days during the week. Check that off of your list!

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

These cute little things are a knock out of the park. They have a great combination of protein, fat and fiber to help keep you fueled and keep your blood sugars in check. I love that you can eat them for breakfast at home or on the go, and they are perfect for a snack or sweet treat after a meal. The recipe makes 12 cookies, so you could double the recipe and throw half of them in the freezer.

Pumpkin Smoothie Bowls

You got me at pumpkin AND smoothie. Have you ever put pumpkin puree into a smoothie? It tastes amazing and really creates a creamy texture. This recipe is super easy with a small amount of ingredients. I really love the options of the toppings; these smoothie bowls just scream FALL!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Chili is a must with the cold weather, and this recipe kicks it up a notch with the addition of pumpkin! The puree mixes into the rest of the chili ingredients like ground turkey, peppers, beans, a boat load of spices and more! You can make this on the stove in a large pot or Dutch Oven. If you need some other options, you can also bust out your Instant Pot or Crock Pot. They all will do the trick!

1-Bowl Pumpkin Bread

So, I’ve been making this pumpkin bread for years. I first made it when a family member’s son had gluten sensitivities, and since my entire family love pumpkin pie, the traditional dessert wasn’t an option. Every year that I make it, I fall in love with it all over again! The bread is actually gluten-free and vegan so if you are hosting family members or friends that choose these options, you’ve got pumpkin bread covered. It is so moist – I usually keep it wrapped up on the counter for a few days and then stick it in the fridge afterwards.  Can you tell I’m ready to make it again this year?

I’m not going to lie; I’m a huge pumpkin fan! In fact, my Grandma always made the best pumpkin pie. I love trying new recipes with pumpkin as a main ingredient or even as a baking substitute. I encourage you to try something new this fall to add a little more pumpkin spice in your life. I’m off to my kitchen to make some of these recipes. Happy baking!

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About Kirk: 

Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life. 

Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.  

Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters. 

About Christen: 

Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.  

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  • Two Light garage located directly north of the studio. Please bring your ticket inside for validation.

  • Three Light garage at Main and Truman. Garage entrance on Truman. Please bring your ticket inside for a validation sticker.

  • Power & Light garage at 13th and Grand. Please ask for a parking pass at the studio front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)

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  • We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:

    • Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.

    • Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).

    • Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.

    • Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!

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    • The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!

    • This option is valid once per day per license plate.

    • Please do NOT park in the Crescent Moon lot − you will be towed!

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  • Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max

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  • All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.

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