You’ve seen the ads. You know it’s a craze. Pumpkin. And yes, Pumpkin Spice. Most are either TEAM PUMPKIN to TEAM NO THANK YOU.
But, there have always been health benefits of Pumpkin AND pumpkin spice. First, Pumpkin is a superfood, which means not only is it GOOD for you, it’s GREAT.
Which is why YOU need to jump on this bandwagon my friends!
Below, check out some Health Benefits of Pumpkin, and how you can incorporate pumpkin into your everyday life.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
It’s low in calories + highly nutrient-dense!
Raw pumpkin has only 15 calories per 1/2 cup. It’s packed with several other vitamins and nutrients, such as iron, potassium, Vit A, B & C, and so much more. It’s also of the best-known sources for Beta carotene.
All of this high dense nutrient can lead to a decrease in blood pressure, help with immunity, prevent damage to eyes, and helps control diabetes.
I mean, no brainer, right!?
It can aid with weight loss + beautify your skin!
Since it IS a high nutrient food with low calories, it can be used to aid with weight loss. You can easily substitute pumpkin for butter, add to yogurt, and use in many different types of dishes. With high fiber, it can curb your appetite, and help with your bowels, too!
As for the skin; as I mentioned before, it’s a great source of beta carotene, which has been shown to act as a natural sunblock (source). Plus, it contains vitamin C and E, which we all know is fantastic for your skin!
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What’s up with Pumpkin Spice?
Before it became to the butt of jokes, and token for the Fall season, Pumpkin Spice has been around for ages, and yes, it packs it’s own nutrient benefits.
Although there are different variations, pumpkin spice is a blend of:
Ginger has iron, potassium, and zinc. Nutmeg has numerous vitamin B and minerals, and cinnamon, the primary spice in Pumpkin Spice, is loaded with Antioxidants.
The problem is that most Pumpkin Spice flavored snacks and drinks, and loaded with sugar, and extinguish any health benefit.
Random Fact: Pumpkin Spice has ZERO to do with actual Pumpkin.
How To Add Pumpkin to your diet
Pumpkin is a superfood I personally, don’t get tired of. It’s very versatile, too, so use your imagination when it comes to creating fun and easy recipes!
Here are a few ways to add to your diet. But really, the possibilities are endless. Seriously, just hit up Pinterest and search of recipes.
- Make your own ice cream
- Pumpkin Baked Goods
- Create a pasta sauce
Tip: stock up on Canned pumpkin during the holiday’s when it’s on sale!
Want to make your own Puree? All you have to do is buy a PIE Pumpkin, or sugar pumpkin (the smaller ones).
- Cut off the top.
- Cut in half, lengthwise
- Scoop out the seeds
- Place cut side down on a baking sheet
- Bake @ 400 for 35-45 minutes or until they’re very soft
- Scoop out and put in a food processor – and voila! Your own Pumpkin Puree.
Did you know about the Health Benefits of Pumpkin? Are YOU TEAM PUMPKIN to TEAM NO THANK YOU? What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?
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