Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Health benefits of Pumpkin is something we all need to include in our daily diets. Pumpkins are more then just something you buy at Halloween to decorate your doorstep with. Pumpkin is a great health benefit with only 49 calories per cup. Like all orange colored fruits, pumpkins contain carotenoids including beta carotene that help fight the free radicals that cause cell damage and may reduce the risk of cancer. Not only does pumpkin give our immune system a huge boast of power but applied topically to the skin pumpkin can results in smoothies, younger skin.
Pumpkin also protects our eyes and teeth with the beta carotene and when you eat pumpkin you get a double boast of vitamin A. As a matter of fact, a cup of cooked pumpkin gives you 200% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A. Pumpkin is full of fiber and when eaten regularly it helps digestion. Scientists are starting to find that pumpkin minimizes inflammation and arthritis too.
The orange, meaty part of pumpkin is not the only part of the pumpkin that is good for you, the seeds are too. Pumpkin seeds have zinc and magnesium that promotes a healthy heart and blood pressure. The pumpkin seeds contain magnesium which is really important for all of our organs. Pumpkin seeds also contain plant based omega 3. One cup of pumpkin seeds has 285 calories.
What is really neat about pumpkin is that it is used in so many recipes from muffins to cakes and soups making pumpkin versatile and healthy. I found a great recipe on Hallmark that is a great fall snack using pumpkin seeds this snack mix is sweet and salty.
Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix
11/2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 cup slivered almonds
4 Tbsp maple syrup
11/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Another 1/4 tsp. of ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Combine all ingredients, and mix well.
Spread a single layer on baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.
Yield: 2/12 cups
In conclusion pumpkins are a healthy addition to your diet. My kids love anything pumpkin. Therefore don’t hesitant to buy a pumpkin pie. Because it is a healthy dessert choice for the whole family.
-Tamara, Head of the Oakley Family