September 30, 2019
Even if the leaves aren’t changing where you are and the air isn’t cooling yet, there is most definitely pumpkin everything, everywhere… Pumpkin bars and pancakes and pies. Pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that. In the western world, I’m pretty sure that means fall is officially here.
Let’s start with the benefit of pumpkin. It come from the squash family. The benefit of its bright orange hue is that it is loaded with the antioxidant beta carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. This power vitamin is known for boosting immunity and is good for eye health. Pumpkin is also great for heart health with potassium, vitamin C and fiber. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked, boiled or drained pumpkin contains:
If you know me, you know that I promote real food in its whole form as much as possible. I also understand that we all live rich and full lives so I try to provide realistic ways to implement this whole real food into our lifestyle. It can be labor and time intensive to make pumpkin from scratch (although doable and fun if you have the time and energy). The good news is, you can still get that power punch from a can of organic pumpkin, but be sure to read the label and see that the ingredient list is only pumpkin. No added anything. Below, I am going to give you 7 healthy ways to eat pumpkin during pumpkin season, but before I do, I want to be sure and talk about how this healthy food can take a turn for the worst in our modern food world. This doesn’t mean never have these things again every in your life. This means be aware of what you’re consuming and make conscious, intuitive decisions for what’s best for you.
I don’t like to label food “good” or bad”, but I do like us to be aware of what we are eating. So, now that we’ve talked about some things to be aware of and try to avoid… here are 7 recipes/ways that pumpkin season can fill your body and soul with goodness (even the healthier indulgences).
Note: I have zero affiliation with any of these people/blogs, but their recipes are delicious (or look delicious for those I haven’t tried yet).
So, just because our world promotes this time of year as sugar loaded, calorie dense, nutrient deficient pumpkin season with its lattes and baked goods, you now have the knowledge and the tools to use this incredible food for health benefits instead. Enjoy!
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