It's October, and pumpkin season is officially upon us. But more than pumpkin pie and your beloved pumpkin spice latte, there are so many things you can do with pumpkin! Not to mention, they pack a nutritional punch!
"Consuming just one cup of cooked, canned pumpkin would provide well over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese at least 5% for thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus."
These vitamins found in pumpkin could potentially help with blood pressure, preventing certain kinds of cancer (namely colon and prostate cancer), improve eye health, infertility, and general immunity.
Even your pets can benefit from a bit of pumpkin! The extra fiber has been proven to benefit dogs' and cats' digestive tracts.
But how can you incorporate the health benefits of pumpkin into your diet? The easiest way I have found is to replace some of the fats and oil with pumpkin puree in baked goods!
- 1 egg = 1/4 cup pumpkin
- 1 cup oil = 1 cup pumpkin
- 1 cup butter = 3/4 cup pumpkin
There are also some delicious (and healthy) recipes using pumpkin puree! Click the links below to find the original recipes.