This Season’s Superfood: PUMPKIN!

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Yep that’s right, these big round orange squashes aren’t just for carving. Pumpkins are actually a “nutritional powerhouse” packed with numerous vitamins, minerals and  health benefits! As we shift into Autumn, everything is pumpkin flavored. Try the real thing for a better flavor and real health benefits! Either scoop out your own and make pumpkin puree or grab a can at your local grocery store.  (Canned pumpkin actually is packed with more fiber, vitamin A and vitamin K. Make sure you look for 100% pure pumpkin!) There are countless ways to add pumpkin to your diet and is easy to cook with! What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Abundant in Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Fiber, Low GI (Glycemic Index) , Potassium Manganese and Copper, Iron, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6.  These vitamins and minerals benefit your body and all around health. Pumpkin is rich in carotenoids, which support healthy eyes, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce risk of certain types of cancer. It is also a great antioxidant (anti-aging!) and is packed with fiber which lowers cholesterol levels and regulates blood sugar.

When you are carving your pumpkin this season, be sure to keep the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are also packed with health benefits. It is the only seed that is alkaline forming and is rich in magnesium which is important for energy levels, strong bones & muscles as well as a healthy nervous system. These superfood seeds are beneficial to improve mood, fight depression, lower blood pressure and improve bladder function . Zinc enhances wound healing and reduce getting common cold. You can toss these seeds in the oven with flavoring of your choice or add them to an autumn trail mix.

 

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