Pumpkin rocks my world all year round so when Fall rolls around and everyone else gets a little pumpkin crazy, I am one happy gal. Pure pumpkin is not only versatile and delicious, but it is also full of health benefits. Here are a few reasons to eat pumpkin all year round:
- Vitamin Packed: One serving of pumpkin provides 300% of your recommended daily value for Vitamin A which helps prevent cell damage and maintain good eye sight. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, zinc, iron and Vitamin E.
- Mood Booster: Pumpkin is a good source of tryptophan which helps the body produce the serotonin, the feel-good hormone helping to reduce stress levels.
- Fights Cancer: Beta-carotene found in pumpkin is a powerful antioxidant that helps block the growth of cancer cells. Pumpkin is one of the highest sources of beta-carotene providing 17 mg per 1 cup.
- Reduces Risk of Obesity: A dieters best friend, one half cup serving of pumpkin has just 40 calories and provides 5 grams of fiber.
Ready to dig in? Here are a few of my favorite healthy pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy!
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Oatmeal
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins
Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
Truffle Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Bowties with Creamy Pumpkin and Parmesan
Pumpkin Pie Granola
Healthy Pumpkin Carrot Cream Cheese Bars