The benefits of pumpkins would make you want to raid a pumpkin patch! (I’m half way joking) but seriously! If you have not included pumpkin into your diet you should now!
Did you know that one cup of Pumpkin Puree can keep inflammation away from the body? In this article, we will go over the amazing benefits of pumpkin and how it can keep you feeling and looking young and vibrant.
The Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin is rich in potassium which helps regulate your blood pressure, lowering your risk for heart attack and stroke. Pumpkins also contain Iron, Folate and Zinc, which are a great source of nutrients for boosting your immune system. The high level of Potassium Pumpkin provides aids in joint and muscle health, also regulating fluids in the body.
The great source of fiber that Pumpkin provides helps reduce your appetite and aids in maintaining gut health. This healthy fruit is also a great way to lose weight. simply because it's largely made up of water, so it is low in calories while still containing many nutrients. Try adding more pumpkin to your diet by making pumpkin soup, pumpkin oatmeal, roasted pumpkin, or even pumpkin energy bites.
umpkin is high in Potassium which aids in joint and muscle health and regulates fluids in the body.
Vitamins in Pumpkins
Pumpkin contains vitamin A which aids in helping your retina absorb light, strengthening your eye vision. One cup of pumpkin puree is equivalent to 200% of vitamin A.
Pumpkins contain Vitamin E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin which is a great source of antioxidants which boost your skin’s defenses against UV rays from the sun.
Pumpkins are high in vitamin C which helps increase white blood cell production.
Pumpkins contain Iron, Folate and Zinc. Pumpkins are a great source of nutrients for boosting your immune system.
Simple Pumpkin recipes
Onion and garlic
Stock/Broth or water
Milk, cream, or half & half
How to make: 1. Place peeled pumpkin, onion, garlic, broth/stock and water into a pot;
2. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes or until pumpkin is tender
3. Use a stick blender or transfer to blender to blitz smooth
4. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, then add either milk OR cream
1 (16oz) can pumpkin puree
1 (nine inch) unbaked pie Crust
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon of pumpkin Pie spice
How to make:
Step 1: Gather all ingredients
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Step 3: Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and place it on a baking sheet.
Step 4: Combine pumpkin puree, condensed milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl; mix until combined.
Step 5: Pour mixture into the pie crust.
Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees, and continue to bake until filling is set, 30 - 45 minutes.
Step 7: Remove from the oven, set on a wire rack, and cool completely before serving.
Step 8: Enjoy!
So as you see, Pumpkin is a highly nutritious and versatile fruit that holds a multitude of health benefits. Let's start the season of fall and the Halloween holiday with a pumpkin detox! I recommend trying pumpkin soup or pumpkin juice for seven days to get all the benefits of what the Pumpkin offers. You may also want to try making pumpkin soup, pumpkin oatmeal, roasted pumpkin, or even pumpkin energy bites.
By Tashma Body