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How Lo Bosworth Pumps Up Her Menu with Pumpkin

Written on May 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm , by

Orange is the new black for Lo Bosworth. The Laguna Beach star-turned-chef is reinventing the face of LIBBY’S canned pumpkin because, let’s be real, the vitamin A powerhouse isn’t just for rich, Thanksgiving pies anymore. “I didn’t know that pumpkin was a superfood when I first started,” she recently admitted to us. “There is no added sugar or salt in LIBBY’S—just a simple, whole product, which is what I look for whenever I cook.”

The soon-to-be International Culinary Center grad has been incorporating lots of pumpkin into her meals and entertaining menus since her revelation. “It’s a really interesting addition to desserts,” Lo dished. “What’s cool is that you can substitute it for an egg or butter!” The result: spongy cakes, decadent cookies and very little guilt. Win. Lo also loves using pumpkin to cut fat in savory snacks like hummus, smoothies and peanut butter on toast. “It doesn’t taste like pumpkin!” she swears.

With all that food prep and casual sampling (which goes hand-in-hand with culinary school, right?), it must be tough to keep a svelte figure, right? But according to Lo, it’s all about control. “It’s really about tasting the food so that the seasoning and texture is appropriate, but I don’t actually eat much of the food I’m making at school. If I did, I think I would put on 25 pounds,” she joked. In fact, Lo has lost weight since starting her program—partly due to her SoulCycle obsession (she gets in the saddle four days a week) alongside being on her feet all day; running around the kitchen. “I also go to a great cardio dance class called 305 Fitness! It’s so fun because they have a live DJ every class,” she said. And since the FITNESS staff has hit up a 305 class before, we know she’s totally right.

So what’s next for Lo? “Right now, I’m working quite a bit on my blog and YouTube channel but long term, I would love to have my own lifestyle show with cooking as an element,” she said. Um, we’d watch it! As for her partner-in-crime LC’s upcoming wedding, Lo will definitely be in attendance (“I’m very excited. Her wedding will be beautiful, I’m sure!”) and who knows, maybe she’ll even bake some treats for the bachelorette party. Oh, come on. This fan girl simply had to ask…

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Two Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes to Get Pumped About

Written on October 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm , by

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, so dip away! (Photo courtesy Mediterranean Snacks)

What is it about pumpkin flavors that make people go gaga? So much so, a recent Starbucks pumpkin spice shortage was recently reported, causing Twitter hysteria nationwide (don’t worry, it was a false alarm). We’re right there with you though, and while we love pumpkin too, the best kind of pumpkin is the one that doesn’t pack on the calories! To get your fix, try these two seasonal recipes below from Mediterranean Snacks and Eight O’Clock Coffee:

Savory Sweet Pumpkin Dip

Serves 6

Ingredients

15 ounces pureed pumpkin
1 large apple, diced small
1 medium onion, diced small
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chicken broth

Directions

1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Cook onion over medium-high heat, until translucent.
2. Add apple to pan and cook until just softened. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add pumpkin and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring to avoid burning. Add half the chicken broth and cook 2-3 minutes. If the dip is very thick, add the remaining chicken broth and cook a few more minutes. Serve warm with Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Chips.

Nutrition info per serving (1.3 ounces): 30 calories, 2.1g total fat, 5mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 2.6g carbs, 0.6g dietary fiber, 0.5g protein

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