October Pumpkin Month - recipe 1
Horror movies, ghosts and goblins, candy corn and trick or treating is usually associated with the month of October. However, I found some pretty bizarre and silly facts on this Fall month. It is the 10th month of the calendar although at one time it was once the 8th month “Octo” meaning eight in Latin. The year actually started in March until King Numa Pompilius reformed the calendar and added January and February around 700 BCE. It is also part of the Libra and Scorpio zodiac sign, the birthstone is opal and tourmaline. This month in history Harry S Truman spoke the first telecast address from the White House. October 12th 1492 Christopher Columbus landed in America. In 1864 Nevada became the 36th state in the US. Also, October 1st 1896 was the first rural delivery of US mail. Some pretty cool stuff happened in October yet there is also some pretty fun unofficial holidays.
Here are a few of the more interesting days that I found. National name your car day is October 2nd So get out there and give the vehicle you travel in everyday a special name. Harvey Ball of Worchester MA, the creator of the smiley in 1963 felt that on the first day of October should be smile day, dedicated to smiling and doing something nice for someone. Remember the show “Three’s Company” back in the 70’s, used to be one of my favorites (showing my age now). Larry Dallas (one of the characters) declared this day October 17th was wear something gaudy day on an episode. Therefore, on this day you should wear something gaudy. For all you Italians and pasta lovers out there, October 25th is national pasta day. Rome Italy’s World Pasta Congress started this holiday to promote all of the pasta manufactures around the world. When my kids were younger on October 30th “mischief night”, the neighborhood kids would all go out at night and cover toilet paper all over trees, bushes, cars, and everywhere else. Shaving cream covered the streets, cars, houses, and themselves, harmless mischief. Sadly some kids would even vandalize property with eggs and smashing pumpkins and the cops are usually out in full force on this night. We called it cabbage night but, there are different names for it. This is believed to date back to the 19th century in England but, not sure why.
October is also:
National pizza month
Breast cancer awareness
National popcorn popping month
Domestic violence awareness month
Sarcastic month (oh my favorite)
Adopt a shelter dog month
Who comes up with this stuff anyway? Does someone wake up one morning and say, I think I will call today October 11th national take your teddy bear to work day and October 6th mad hatter day.
These are only a few of many other recognized events and days for October, I found it to be quiet an interesting month. Yet, the most recognized and commercialized holiday is Halloween, customs, candy and pumpkins. Therefore, I choose to start off the month with this delicious smoothie for a few reasons. For me smoothie season is every day of every month. October the weather begins to change cool night and still warm days the first couple weeks, warm enough that a cool yet warm fall feeling smoothie transitioning from the summer fruits is perfect. Strawberries and blueberries are no longer is season but now there are plenty of apples, pumpkins and squashes to go around. Being an athlete, protein smoothies are part of my everyday existence all year round but, I change them up with the seasons. This one is made with bananas, always a staple in my everyday diet, vanilla protein powder and a bit of left over summer with fresh pineapple. With of course the added touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spice to give it the fall goodness flavors. So go and enjoy this fall smothie while sitting outside with a light jacket, looking at the mums in bloom and listening to the fall leaves blow around.
Fall Pumpkin Smoothie
Yields: About a 22oz full blender cup.
Time: with pumpkin already made or canned pumpkin – 10 min
1-1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
½ cup fresh or canned pumpkin
2 ripe bananas
3 pitted dates
1 tbsp. almond butter
2-3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ cup frozen pineapple
Vegan whip cream
Blend all together in a good quality blender.
Add in nuts or seeds after it has been blended to add that extra crunch