Pumpkin- Healthy & Nutritious

Pumpkins- Versatile, Nutritious & Healthy

Pumpkin a healthy, nutritious seed bearing fruit is an autumn favorite, low in calories, versatile and can be cooked in many different ways, from savory such as soups, chiles, stews, to sweet, such as pancakes, pies, muffins, custards and breads.

Pumpkins are rich in nutrients such as minerals and vitamins, low in sugar, rich in potassium and high in fiber.
Beta carotene giving the pumpkin it’s rich orange color, supports healthy eyes, skin, and immunity. An essential nutrient and good for the eyes, Vitamin A is responsible for many processes in your body and ensuring the normal function of your organs.

Also an excellent source of potassium, helps with muscle contraction, regulates fluids, maintains normal blood pressure, and balance minerals in and out of body cells.                                                       

After carving our your pumpkin, set aside and roast your pumpkin seeds. They are rich in protein, fiber and contain healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. The seeds also contain minerals, such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, potassium, folate, niacin and selenium which support in building strong bones and teeth, controlling body fluids inside and outside cells, and turning the food you eat into energy.

Here are some delicious and interesting ways to add more pumpkin to your diet:

  1. Smoothie-https://www.balancednutritionalenergy.com/recipe/pumpkin-blueberry-smoothie/
  2. Muffins- https://www.balancednutritionalenergy.com/recipe/pumpkin-creamy-goat-cheese-muffins/
  3. Stew- https://www.balancednutritionalenergy.com/recipe/pumpkin-stew/
  4. Hot Chocolate-https://www.balancednutritionalenergy.com/recipe/pumpkin-hot-chocolate-3/
  5. Puree- https://www.balancednutritionalenergy.com/recipe/pumpkin-puree/

So the next time you buy your pumpkin for Halloween, think of all the nutritious value it provides.

Smell, Taste, Enjoy. Be Mindful of the Food You Eat!

References

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33683154/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34924730/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35684166/