It’s officially pumpkin season!
Pumpkin décor is all around and everything seems to be pumpkin flavour. For many of us, it’s the best time of year!
You might be wondering what else are pumpkins good for other than Halloween and Fall decorations and pie filling? However, it’s time to rethink the value of this gourd.
Pumpkin is nutrient-dense, packed with vitamins and minerals while being low-calorie. With a range in pumpkin products, there is no reason not to dabble in taste testing and enjoying this plant, starting this pumpkin season! Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!
Quick Pumpkin Facts:
Uncut pumpkins should be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months
Pumpkins contain potassium, which can have a positive effect on blood pressure
The antioxidants in pumpkin can help prevent degenerative damage to the eyes
Replace butter or oil in baking recipes with pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin
Make your own pumpkin pie mix instead of using the canned mix, which contains added sugars and syrups
Pumpkin has a range of great health benefits. The bright orange gourd gets its color from its high source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that the body converts into vitamin A. The antioxidant promotes healthy wrinkle free skin. The National Cancer Society also claims that it may play a role in cancer prevention!
Eating more plant foods in general, like pumpkin, decreases your risk of obesity and prevents against diabetes and heart disease. All while increasing your energy and overall body health. Sharp Eyesight: Being rich in beta-carotene, therefore producing vitamin A, pumpkins help protect your eyes. In fact, a cup of cooked mashed pumpkin contains more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A aids in healthy vision, particularly keeping your eyes strong in dim light. Heart Health: The fibre, potassium, and Vitamin C content in pumpkin support a healthy heart. Increased potassium intake helps in the treatment of hypertension and high blood pressure.
Good To Read: Listen To Your Heart Weight Loss: Pumpkins produce three grams of fibre per one-cup serving at only 49 calories. That means that it can keep you feeling fuller longer and on fewer calories! A diet that is rich in fibre helps people eat less, and therefore, shed the weight! Combats Diabetes: Pumpkin seeds and pulp help to absorb glucose into the tissues and intestines. They also work to balance the levels of liver glucose. There is also research surrounding pumpkin’s ability to lower the risk of type two diabetes. Fibre Intake: Being packed with fibre does wonders for the body. The rate of sugar absorption into the blood is slowed, and regular bowel movements and smooth digestion is promoted.
This pumpkin season, if you celebrate Halloween, you might find yourself with a bunch of pumpkin guts. Save and cook the seeds! They are packed with valuable nutrients like healthy fats, magnesium and zinc.
Pumpkin seeds also contain carotenoids and vitamin E.
Packed with antioxidants, pumpkin seeds protect against disease and reduce inflammation
Diets rich in pumpkin seeds have been associated with lower risks of stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers!
Research suggests that as a supplement, they can help treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder
Pumpkin seeds may also relieve the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement
One of the best natural sources of magnesium which controls blood pressure, reduces risk of heart disease, and maintains healthy bones
Natural source of tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep.
Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast! Try this delicious and easy pumpkin pie oatmeal breakfast recipe from @damn_delicious as your first step into entering the pumpkin season, the world of healthy pumpkin eating! INGREDIENTS:
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 3/4 cups almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
Combine oats and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency is reached, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg until heated through, about 1 minute.
Serve immediately, garnished with pecans and maple syrup, if desired.
For a perfect pumpkin season, this year, carve your pumpkins for a nice relaxing fall activity while munching on some pumpkin seeds for your body’s health!
“The pumpkin is not perfectly round, the person is not absolutely perfect"
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