I know, I know… you probably took down the Halloween decorations as quickly as I did, ready to move on to the next holiday (Yeah..Thanksgiving!) But, before you pass on the pumpkins, let’s talk about the beauty of this fruit…yes, fruit.
It was a long time before I was able to embrace the power in this orange guy…. I was never quite sure about pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ravioli and yes, pumpkin pie…but now I know better. Not only have my tastebuds matured, (in fact, I cannot seem to get enough) but I understand the potential health benefits that come along with it.
Let’s talk about the potential power of pumpkin…
Whether its fresh or canned, it is packed with ‘good stuff’ – both fiber and protein without a ton of calories or fat. In fact. one cup of canned pumpkin is only 80 calories with 1 gram of fat.
This orange friend is rich in Vitamin A which is good for healthy eyes and healthy teeth. (and your bones too, right?)
Pumpkin has even more potassium than a banana – so a fabulous option if you need an extra energy boost after a workout. A cup of pumpkin has 564 milligrams compared to a cup of banana at 422. Who knew?
Pumpkin seeds are some kind of superfood – containing Omega 3s, zinc and magnesium. (And since I’m not a doctor, I can’t even get started on all of the studies that talk about how they *may* have anti-inflammatory properties, help sleep patterns and even *may* potentially help to regulate insulin levels.)
Seriously? Who is adding pumpkin to the menu this week? And next week? (There are so many delicious options!)