Pumpkins are synonymous with Fall. Lucky for us they have great health properties as well. Pumpkins are an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Our bodies translate beta carotene into Vitamin A, which is thought to protect us from certain cancers and other diseases, too. In addition, Vitamin A is helpful for keeping your eyesight strong. Pumpkins are also a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. The seeds are even good for us, containing fiber and protein; they are also an excellent source of zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, and monounsaturated fat. So let’s use them in some recipes to ring in the season.
Makes 12 servings at 78 calories a serving.
Note: If the pumpkin flavor is too intense, add a banana or apple to adjust.
Makes 4 servings at 155 calories a serving
Makes 8 servings at 145 calories a serving.
Makes 9 servings at 117 calories per serving.
Recipes courtesy of allrecipes.com
Now, I understand that we will all be inundated with pumpkin spiced and flavored items everywhere but these are most likely healthier alternatives to others out there. So remember, pumpkins aren’t just for carving, they can also be a nutritious addition to our diets.
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