Yes, I am aware Halloween is past, however, if you bought a pumpkin it is probably still on your front door step. AND if you didn’t buy one, now is a good time to get one as you will probably get a really good price on one…AND pumpkin’s unique health benefits make it the standout fruit of the fall season.
Here are some of the health ideas and benefits of pumpkin:
1 cup of cooked pumpkin puree gives you over 100 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement, vital for the health of your bones and reproduction and immune systems
It has high concentration of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant; consuming foods high in beta-carotene has been linked to decreased risk of development of certain cancers and even heart disease.
Pumpkin is also loaded with fiber, a digestive superstar that helps you produce waste, which, in turn, helps you eliminate toxins and absorb important nutrients. It helps maintain blood sugar and energy levels, slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream and also keeps you satiated – so you aren’t left hungry and reaching for that unhealthy afternoon snack.
Pumpkin is easy to roast – simply dice, deseed, dress in olive oil and your favorite spices, and roast in a 400-degree oven for about 25 minutes.
Canned pumpkin is also great and much more convenient to use, just be sure to buy 100 percent pure organic pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filing, which can be full of artificial flavors, sweet syrups and additives.
Don’t forget the seeds, they are very healthy to snack on and can also be used in many different recipes, they can be flavored or just roasted, store in a glass container that has a good seal so they stay fresh.
You can make pumpkin french fries, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin soups, baked pumpkin for casseroles, the idea are bountiful, just do a google search for your favorite idea and you will find many recipes.
So get your fall pumpkin and become a pumpkin eater. Happy Fall Adventures.