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The Power of Pumpkin
Nothing says autumn like crisp fall leaves, cool gray skies and the richly-hued gold, orange and amber pumpkins that appear at the end of October. This mildly sweet squash is a versatile addition to your fall menu and a favorite pie filling—and just so happens to be packed with an impressive list of nutrients.
Pumpkin flesh is loaded with beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, a nutrient essential to healthy skin, vision and bone maintenance—and has been shown to have very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Pumpkin is also loaded with fiber and is a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. All this plus and healthy dose of vitamin C makes this winter squash a great immune supportive food for fall.
Here's a few tips on how to add the power of pumpkin to your diet:
Add pureed or canned pumpkin to smoothies.
Stir cooked cubed pumpkin into hot cereal and add a splash of coconut milk, a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of pure maple syrup for a delicious way to start your day.
Incorporate cooked mashed pumpkin into muffins, breads and other seasonal baked goods.
Make your own pumpkin ice cream.
Blend pumpkin into a savory sauce for with pasta or cooked grains.
Roast pumpkin with root veggies.