Transforming a pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern is one of the highlights of Halloween. However, after the spooky holiday we need to figure out what to do with our little scary face creations. Pumpkins are actually really great for many reasons; in fact, they taste good and they’re super healthy!
- Roast the pumpkin seeds! They’re packed with nutrients and make a perfect snack.
- If you have a spare pumpkin that you didn’t carve, you can use the innards to make a healthy meal such as soup, tarts, puree, bread and pies. There are many pumpkin recipes out there!
- Feed the animals. Animals such as squirrels, birds, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes love pumpkins, why not take your left-over pumpkin to a local park or woods or leave it at the bottom of your garden. Remember to chop it up a little so that the animals can pick at it easier.
- Plant the seeds and grow your own pumpkins!
- Use a pumpkin as a cute planter, then in a few weeks when it becomes a little withered, plant it in the ground, it will decompose and contribute to the seeds growth and provide nutritious food for the plant.
- Pumpkin facial anyone? The orange guys are packed with skin-loving nutrients, create a puree and add a little honey or coconut oil for a rejuvenating face mask.
Happy Halloween from the Local News team!