“Vegetables are a must in a diet…I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis
Happy October Three to Five Tribe! Fall is my favorite and I am so stoked for all that this season brings: Fall foliage, sweater weather, boots, apple picking (not to mention apple cider donuts), and of course, pumpkin everything! Whether you love or hate pumpkins, there are a TON of health benefits that come along with this Fall favorite. Here are 10 reasons why you should be eating more pumpkin this season. #keepcalmandpumpkinon
10 Health Benefits of Pumpkins
*Please keep in mind these health benefits apply solely to real, pumpkin puree, NOT canned pumpkin pie mix/filling, which is loaded with fat and sugar. #avoidthelater
- Pumpkins are low in calories and are nutrient dense, making for the perfect fall snack.
- One cup of pumpkin only has 83 calories, while pumpkin pie mix/filling contains roughly 280 calories per cup. #yikes
- Pumpkin is packed with Vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which aid in visual health.
- Beta-carotene, an antioxidant, is also known to help protect cells from free radicals. #cancerprevention
- Pumpkin is high in Vitamin C, aiding in immune health.
- Pumpkin can help lower blood pressure, as it is high in potassium and low in sodium. (Side Note: Just be sure to purchase plain canned pumpkin).
- Since pumpkins are high in potassium, they make for a good recovery snack after an intense work out. #electrolytes
- Pumpkin can aid in weight loss as it is high in fiber. More fiber = Fuller longer = Less eating. (Bonus: Fiber will help keep you regular). #everybodypoops
- Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium and zinc. (Side note: 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds provides half of your daily dose of magnesium).
- Pumpkin seeds can make you happier! These little guys are packed with the amino acid, tryptophan, which produces serotonin (the happiness hormone). See, pumpkins really CAN bring you happiness!
Add pumpkin to soups, stews, chilis, baked goods (just substitute for the oil portion of the recipe), or just straight up grab a can and a spoon and dig in!
Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes for the Fall season? Please be sure to share them in the comment section below! #pumpkineverything
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