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Autumn is coming, where does Pumpkin stand in the Paleo World?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I love Pumpkin and not just the sweet variants haha, I know its very similar to squash just wondering how people feel about it? It does have sugar in it from what I can find and debating cycling it in a few times a week either mashed, boiled, baked etc as a side to a protein source

I try to stay in a ketogenic state, personal preference as I seem to be able to function better like this, but would love to be able to enjoy pumpkin.

Anyone else plan on incorporating pumpkin as a regular part of their autumn meals?

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:23 PM

What do you mean, pumpkin is starchy? http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2601/2 It's only 5 grams of carbs for 100 grams of pumpkin! That's practically nothing ...

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 02, 2011
at 03:17 PM

+1 Quilt, for turning everything into meat

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on September 14, 2011
at 12:55 PM

Chef's coat and I rip the sleeves off?

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on September 13, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I agree...you should not wear a chef's coat though...you should just go short sleeved so the girls can see what eating your food can do for their arms.

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on September 13, 2011
at 08:54 PM

If it has a face...

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:48 PM

I love pumpkin smoothies too- liquid Thanksgiving!

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Juba, you need a paleo cooking show. Let's make it happen.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:31 PM

nice. I think I'll try this Doc.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on September 13, 2011
at 01:08 PM

yes. I bought one Saturday and cooked it down and peeled it off and use a piece of the meat in each smoothie

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on September 13, 2011
at 12:24 PM

Do you cook the pumpkin?

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on September 13, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Pumpkin is fine. Just another starchy option. Love it. Pureed can of pumpkin is always in my cupboard as emergency rations. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top and eat with spoon. Works in a pinch.

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on September 13, 2011
at 12:40 AM

pumpkin goes in the belly receptacle please! thank you!

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on September 13, 2011
at 12:40 AM

in my belly, please!

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on September 12, 2011
at 10:55 PM

pumpkin is paleo

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on September 13, 2011
at 08:17 PM

autumn-is-coming,-where-does-pumpkin-stand-in-the-paleo-world?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on September 13, 2011
at 08:54 PM

If it has a face...

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on September 12, 2011
at 10:18 PM

A pumpkin is a squash, and like other squashes is a starchy form of carbohydrate (less starchy than sweet potatoes, yams or potatoes). Whether or not to include pumpkin in your meal plan depends on your goals (weight loss, leaning out, increasing strength). However, given the low level of carbohydrates in pumpkin versus other starchy carbs, I don't know if it is something to be avoided for its carbohydrate content. Personally, I am not VLC or even LC, love pumpkin and eat it reguarly, especially post workout.

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on September 12, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Pumpkin is starchy, but it's much lower sugar than a lot of roots, and less than other squashes as well. Unless you are eating very low carb, pumpkin is fine...though I prefer other winter squashes, their higher sugar content makes them sweeter and more complex tasting!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:23 PM

What do you mean, pumpkin is starchy? http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2601/2 It's only 5 grams of carbs for 100 grams of pumpkin! That's practically nothing ...

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on September 13, 2011
at 12:23 PM

I do pumpkin smoothies with nutmeg cinnamon and unsweetened coconut milk and eggs, cocoa, blueberries, raspberries. Just made one and scarfed it down.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 13, 2011
at 12:24 PM

Do you cook the pumpkin?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on September 13, 2011
at 01:08 PM

yes. I bought one Saturday and cooked it down and peeled it off and use a piece of the meat in each smoothie

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on September 13, 2011
at 04:48 PM

I love pumpkin smoothies too- liquid Thanksgiving!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on September 13, 2011
at 04:31 PM

nice. I think I'll try this Doc.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on October 02, 2011
at 03:17 PM

+1 Quilt, for turning everything into meat

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76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on September 13, 2011
at 12:17 PM

I've put canned pumpkin in a blender with coconut milk and pumpkin pie spices for a little smoothie. Throw in half an avocado for more fat and a thicker, mousse-like snack. Yummmm.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 13, 2011
at 03:21 AM

I love pumpkin. It's good for you, loaded with beta-carotene + other vitamins and nutrients, it's healthy, and you can do a million things with it - both sweet and savory. Roast and scoop the flesh and use as a side dish. Puree and make a soup. Smash and top with poached eggs, some bacon and sage. Mix with baking spices, a little maple syrup if that's something you enjoy now and then or raw honey, and chopped nuts and you can make a nice little sweet. Add to a smoothie. Curries. It's really a great multi-tasking veg.

The seeds have many health benefits as well.

Just a heads up, if you buy canned just make sure to read the labels as there is pumpkin and pumpkin pie mix. The brand I like is Farmer's Market Organic and they make both - the pie mix is sweetened. If you're in a hurry it's easy to grab the wrong can and then it's sadface time.

Pumpkin will definitely play a big role, as will winter squash and tubers, in my fall/winter dining plans. Yum.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 13, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I agree...you should not wear a chef's coat though...you should just go short sleeved so the girls can see what eating your food can do for their arms.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on September 13, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Juba, you need a paleo cooking show. Let's make it happen.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 14, 2011
at 12:55 PM

Chef's coat and I rip the sleeves off?

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I like pumpkin smoothies, I make a pumpkin custard, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bars; I should get away from the sweet stuff and make a pumpkin soup!

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on September 13, 2011
at 04:35 PM

Anyone else plan on incorporating pumpkin as a regular part of their autumn meals?

Pumpkin, butternut, acorn, delicata, sweet dumpling, kabocha, spaghetti, hubbard, kuri, turban and just about any other winter squash variety I can get my hands on.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 13, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Sooooo good in curry soups. The extra orange color makes the curry seem more curry-ee if that makes any sense.

This stew is an autumn/winter staple in our house:

1 can coconut milk

1 can unsweetened pumpkin puree

A couple cups of broth

Red curry paste or curry powder to taste

Salt to taste

Throw chunks of whatever meat and veggies we have on hand into the mix

Simmer until the harder veggies are the desired texture, top with cilantro and dig in!

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on September 13, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Pumpkin or squash is my main starchy carb and I eat it almost every day. Not all storing varieties are sweet. Overgrown zucchini and many Mexican varieties store just as well and are not as sweet. The availability of pumpkins stored through the winter is another reason I am not fond of the idea that we're supposed to gain weight in the late summer or fall because of the lack of sugars in the winter. Not true at all for the true hunter/gatherer, except at the poles.

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