Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! Pumpkins boast a variety of health benefits, including beta-carotene (a cancer fighter), carotenoids (great for healthy skin), Vitamin C (great for your immune system), and VItamin A (antioxidant, good for vision). Pumpkins are also high in fiber, and low in calories, which is great if you are watching your waistline.
Eating more pumpkin!
Joanna McCracken, writer of the Pepper My Salt blog and holistic health coach and 500-hour certified yoga teacher, has some simple, healthy and delicious ways to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet this fall. For example, who doesn’t love a flavorful pumpkin spice latte? It’s easy to ignore the ingredients restaurants and coffee shops may use when it tastes so good, but Joanna has come up with an amazing alternative to this popular autumn treat that uses real (yes real!) pumpkin:
You may have noticed that the above recipe has the option to use pumpkin puree rather than canned pumpkin. This is a surprisingly easy and fun way to have pumpkin ready to go for all the other recipes that call for canned pumpkin. As you probably already know, some nutrients are lost in the preserving process of canned food, so if you have a little extra time, consider making a puree from scratch. Use it as an opportunity for a fun family activity – cook and cut up some pumpkins (and maybe carve a few too)! Joanna breaks down how to make pumpkin puree on The Chalkboard Mag blog:
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love a slice of pumpkin spice bread in the fall, but often feel like it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t mirror a cake recipe. Joanna has a great Pumpkin Spice Bread recipe that not only tastes great and is made with whole ingredients, but it is also gluten, dairy, and cane sugar free (with the option to be vegan)!
What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? Let us know in the comments section below!