Tips for Pumpkins

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      Think pumpkins and you think pies and jack-o-lanterns, but this fall

      favorite doesn’t stop there.

      • Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts into

      vitamin A to help maintain good eyesight

      • Fresh pumpkin puree is often used as an ingredient in cookies,

      cakes and pies, offering extra dietary fiber to some of our favorite

      fall treats

      • Baked pumpkin is a delicious side dish that complements meat or

      fish and at only 40 calories per half cup, pumpkins can carve out a

      place at any meal

      Before heading out to the pumpkin patch, take note of these tips that

      will help you pick, carve and display the king of all jack-o-

      lanterns.

      • Pick pumpkins that are bright orange, smooth, bruise- and mold-

      free with flat and steady bottoms for easy displaying

      • Plan your design ahead of time before you start cutting the

      pumpkin and use a carving set to ensure you have the right tools

      • Display your masterpieces with battery-operated lights, instead

      of candles, to avoid the dangers of open flames

      Before your little ghosts and goblins head out to trick-or-treat, go

      over these commonsense practices to keep them safe and sound.

      • Make sure children are never walking the route without adult

      supervision

      • Instruct your trick-or-treaters to stay with the group and not to

      cut through backyards or dark areas

      • Give your kids a flashlight and remind them to stay away from

      strangers and houses with porch lights off

      • Remind them not to eat the candy until you have inspected it

      thoroughly

      Kelly in IL

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