Yes, pumpkins get a lot of publicity around this time of year (I’m looking at you, PSL) but there is SO much more to them then flavor for a sweet drink or a fall-time craft. Pumpkins are a power-horse when it comes to nutrition and they are incredibly versatile!
Benefits Of Eating Pumpkin:
- Very high in Vitamin A (great for eyesight)
- Also contains Vitamin B2, Vitamin c, and Vitamin E
- Source of Potassium, Fiber, Iron, Copper and Manganese
- High in antioxidants
- Low calorie
- High in carotenoids which are great for glowing skin!
- Pumpkin seeds are delicious and contain more protein than any other seed
- Easy to add to a multitude of dishes/meals!
As if going to a pumpkin patch wasn’t already exciting enough! Now, for some kitchen talk: pumpkins are easily roasted and tossed into dishes, but if you are new to doing it, it has the potential to seem overwhelming, especially for bigger pumpkins. If that’s the case, you can always get canned pumpkin , just be sure it’s 100% pumpkin puree with no added sugars or weird ingredients!
Ways To Eat It:
- Add it to soups/stews
- Blend it up into a sauce
- Roast it and add it to pasta
- Serve it over risotto
- Make pumpkin bread or muffins
- Add it to smoothies
- Blend it with bananas for pumpkin “nice cream”
How are you going to get your pumpkin on this autumn??
Written by GUADS staff member Kate with contributions from healthline.com