Impress your friends and coworkers: Put your whole fist in your mouth! I mean, eat a whole pumpkin.

Looking for ways to eat healthy and dive headfirst into the deliciousness that is Fall in New England? Sorry, pie is still bad for you. When I chat with Will Kirousis, our coach at Tri-Hard, we always spend a little time away from triathlons talking about all the good food that scrappy triathletes aren't allowed to eat. Mac and cheese. Double cheeseburgers. Bacon. Bacon double cheeseburgers. Cheese flavored milkshakes on top of pancakes covered in cheese and maple syrup. You get the drift.

Point is, it's really easy to get stuck in a rut about nutrition. You know what you like and you know how to cook it too. Things you don't like (usually healthy) just don't cross your mind when dinner time rolls around.

Well, to help you fight fat food fatigue I'm going to start a weekly post about health food that tastes good (what an original idea!). The difference between this and most run-of-the-mill Triathlete recipe features is that, well, I actually know how to cook way better than most meathead nutritionists. So there.

So, Pumpkin. It's orange. Its cheap. And you didn't know you could eat it did you?
nutritional facts - pumpkin
nutritional facts - baconater

-1 small pumpkin. Psst... there are lots on your neighbors stoop. Take one, they'll never notice.
-1 apple, chopped
-1/8 tsp allspice, nutmeg
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 cup chopped walnuts
-4 tbs maple syrup (you own grade B if you know anything about maple)

This recipe looks nothing like this.
1. Cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out seeds and reserve for later roasting. Place pumpkin on baking tray (for baking) or plate (for microwave).
2. Mix spices, nuts, and apples and top each pumpkin half. Pour that delicious maple syrup on top. Maybe some salt too. Yeah, lots of salt.
3. Bake at 350 for 1 hr or microwave on the 'baked potato' setting ya turkey! Wait till it's cooled a bit, then dive right in!
4. Order in a pizza to treat yourself for all the good things you just did to your body. Yum.