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Wellness Worthwhile: Spice Up Your Pumpkin Latte (and Health) with this Pumpkin Syrup Recipe

Each month, Sally Hickerson, Spa Director at Wild Dunes Resort gives us a wellness tip that could be useful this time of year. Continue reading for all things Pumpkin Spice, perfect for October!

It’s time for all things Pumpkin Spiced! Lattes, beer, pies, bread, and even ravioli! Not only is the gourd of the season so very tasty, it packs some serious health benefits for muscle function, and vision. To keep your muscles working efficiently, you need potassium to balance the levels of electrolytes in your system. For many, the go-to natural source has been bananas but a cup of cooked pumpkin contains at least 20% more potassium. Pumpkin also is packed with beta-carotine and Vitamin A which are both vitally important for good vision, especially for vision in dim light. For just one option of a way to enjoy the benefits of the season, I’ve included my mother’s Pumpkin Syrup recipe. You can add it to lattes or do what my family does and enjoy it on ice with bourbon, a dash of bitters, and a quick squeeze of an orange. For your health!

Ingredients:

2 cups raw sugar
2 cups water
5 tablespoons garam masala
15 onces pumpkin puree

Directions: Stir together sugar and water over medium heat until dissolved. Add garam masala, and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree, remove from heat, and let sit for 2 hours. Strain using a chinois.

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