It’s October and pumpkins are abundant! We see them everywhere and in a variety of foods this time of year. There are many benefits you can reap by adding pumpkin into your healthy diet, aside from being seasonably tasty.
Pumpkins are a good source of fiber. Fiber helps the body cleanse itself from toxins in our bodies. The average cup size serving of pumpkin contains three grams of fiber and around fifty calories. Fiber will also help you feel full a little longer which can be a huge help if you are trying not to over consume calories this holiday season.
Pumpkins get their rich color from the beta carotene, which we all know helps with vision. Pumpkins are also a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Those antioxidants help to fight inflammation in the body and can also help lower blood pressure. The seeds from pumpkins are a healthy source of fat and fiber as well.
Pumpkins also contain L. Tryptophan which helps fight depression by promoting feelings of well-being. This property in pumpkins has also been linked to better sleep. Pumpkins also contain 550mg of potassium per 1 cup serving which aids in muscle recovery and electrolyte recovery after workouts.
Pumpkins can easily be added into your diet. Add some mashed pumpkin to breads, muffins, soups, and smoothies. It tastes great roasted as a side dish too. You can even use pumpkin in recipes in place of extra added sugars or oils. Don’t forget that pumpkin seeds are also a nutritional and healthy snack. Sprinkle the seeds into your granola, on top of your oatmeal and breads, or simply enjoy on their own.
The season of fall can be a fun time to try new foods and take advantage of the harvesting of fall fruits and veggies. Get into the fall spirit and try some pumpkin today!
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