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Pumpkin Workout

Happy Halloween!

If you follow me on social media I’m sure you will know that I’m a fan of a good old pumpkin workout using the vegetable instead of a medicine ball ๐Ÿ™‚


Today at bootcamp we have been using them for a pretty tough session – you can see a photo of some of the early morning crew after the session on our Facebook page here

I’ve written a piece with photos demonstrating the exercises for the Bath Weekend Magazine which you can look at here

And here is a video I did last year with a few more exercises that aren’t in the Bath Chronicle Weekend Magazine article – PUMPKIN WORKOUT VIDEOย 

So there you have it – no excuse not to get a little Halloween workout in now ๐Ÿ™‚



Pumpkin Workout

So it’s finally Halloween – a chance to dress up, eat sweets and try to avoid A&E carving a pumpkin.

Any trick or treaters knocking on my door will be getting a healthy nakd bar – lucky devils ๐Ÿ™‚

On the flip side Halloween is a great chance to use a pumpkin like a medicine ball for a total body workout and then afterwards make a tasty, healthy soup ๐Ÿ™‚

That is exactly what we are doing at Zest Bootcamp today so I thought I’d make a video of some of the great exercises you can do with a good old pumpkin!


In this pumpkin workout can either do 30 seconds of work with 30 seconds of rest or for a tougher challenge work for 40 seconds followed by a shorter 20 second rest.
You can do 3-4 sets of the whole workout after a little warm up and don’t forget to stretch afterwards too.

Watch out – If you have a giant pumpkin you might want to stick to the 30 seconds!

The exercises are:

1. Plank Tap overs – optional extra set of mountain climbers too
2. Overhead Press
3. Alternating circles
4. Squat
5. Squat Press
6. Side Lunge
7. Reverse Lunge
8. Pullover
9. Ab curls
10.Hop overs

Once you have done your workout you deserve a healthy bowl of soup so here is a gluten free (if you use a gluten free stock cube), sugar free and dairy free recipe.

This will make a big batch so half can be frozen.


Chopped flesh from 1 pumpkin or 2 butternut squash
2 sweet potatoes
2 – 3 onions
2 – 3 carrots
4 sticks celery
2 gloves of garlic
Stock cube or fresh chicken or vegetable stock
2 -3 cups of unsweetened almond milk or 1- 2 cups coconut milk
optional :
fresh ginger, tumeric, chill

Chop all vegetables – start by gently frying the onion in coconut oil or ghee then add garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add all remaining vegetables, stock and make sure just covered with liquid. Bring to boil then simmer for 20-30 minutes. Blend then add almond milk or coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Delicious and nutritious!

Depending on how much garlic you put in I bet you could get your children to enjoy it too.

If you’d like more healthy, tasty recipes then check out our Healthy Mammas programme where we are offering you some quick, easy alternatives to breakfast – you can download your free copy hereย 

Happy Halloween!

My Halloween Trick

No one wanted my treats:(

How was your Halloween? I’m not sure if I was just hanging around different places last year but I don’t remember everyone going to quite as much trouble carving pumpkins last year.

If Facebook is anything togo buy there were some AMAZING carvings, I saw an owl sitting on a wire, fairies with stars and loads more unusual designs – very impressive. (ps Pumpkin recipe coming below)

I was a bit sad that I didn’t carve one but we do have some candle holders that look like mini pumpkins and are SO much easier ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway I did get into the Halloween Spirit (get it!!) a bit and bought some treats for any little faces that knocked on the door. Chocolate, sweets, Haribos, lollipops etc .. no way!

I thought a gluten and sugar free, healthy cereal bar would do the trick and…. it did. We didn’t have anyone knock on the door!

Nakd bar

Word must have got around that there weren’t any “treats” at our house but I don’t agree. Infact once you get off sugar, which many people are kind of addicted to, you really taste the natural sweetness of foods. I used to love a Kitkat or a boost bar – do they still exist? But now if I have a bit of someones chocolate I really don’t like it as find it too sweet. The Nakd bars I had bought for last night were made from dates, cashew nuts and raspberries and in my opinion were sweet tasting and lovely.

Come to think about it they weren’t cereal bars at all really – and not to get confused with Special K and Alpen bars that I wouldn’t recommend to people. These kind of bars are marketed as healthy but have you read the ingredients – not only are there loads of ingredients in the product but also words I don’t understand and they certainly don’t look very close to nature, which is THE healthiest way to eat. If you can recognise what a food is and can pull it off tree, out of ground, hunt or fish for it etc then it’s pretty much certain to be good for you.

Next time you are in the supermarket or even petrol service station have a quick peek at the back of the highly marketed cereal bars and see what you think. Unfortunately it’s harder to get the healthy Nakd bars in some shops – health food shops are your best bet. Let me know what you think if you’ve not tried them before.

If you want a healthier treat why not try a few squares of a dark chocolate – 70% or more cacao content. The fat and magnesium in this kind of chocolate will satisfy you more than a sugar laden chocolate or low fat bar.

If you do what you always done then you get what you always got right? …. so try something new and see what happens.

A bit like the new people doing our first Trial Week at bootcamp – most of them are totally new to the “bootcamp” thing so this way they have been able to try us out. Good news is they all loved it and have signed up for the rest of the month.

Have a great weekend, especially of you are partying Halloween style!

Zita “pumpkin pumping” Alves

ps if you’d like to join our next bootcamp trial week go to http://bathbootcamp.co.uk and sign up for more information.

pps Almost forgot…. if you’d like some clean pumpkin recipes just comment below with your email and I will send them