Tis the season of PUMPKIN and Wellness Wednesday is the perfect time to make the commitment to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet! We are so used to eating pumpkin pie, many people don’t realize that pumpkin is a certifiable Super Food. In my role as The Hungry Goddess, I love adding pumpkin to healthy recipes – try my Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe!
9 Reasons to Eat More Pumpkin
1. Pumpkins are Rich in Vitamin A – A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains 245% percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and maintains the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. Plus, its aids in vision and research suggests that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
2. Pumpkins are High in Fiber – 1 cup of canned pumpkin provides about 7.1 g of fiber and one cup of boiled, raw pumpkin provides 2.1 g of fiber. Pumpkin seeds also contain some fiber, about 1.1 g in 1 oz. of seeds. Pumpkin could provide up to 1/4 of the RDA for your fiber (especially for women).
3. Pumpkins are Low in calories – 49 calories per 1 cup serving) – that just makes me happy.
4. Pumpkin Seeds & Pumpkin Seed Oil help your heart – pumpkin seeds contain the important phytosterols which may reduce the ldl or bad cholesterol and as part of a healthy diet, may lower your risk for coronary artery disease. An Autumn recipe full of Super Delicious Foods – Quinoa and Black Rice with Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
5. Pumpkin is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
6. Pumpkin contains a rich source of minerals: copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus
7. Pumpkins are versatile – equally good in sweet and savory dishes, pumpkins are easy to use in a myriad of dishes: pumpkin risotto, pumpkin soup, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin muffins … what doesn’t taste good when paired with pumpkin?
8. Give your skin a healthy “pumpkin” glow – The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free, Health magazine reported.
9. Pumpkin Seeds are full of tryptophan which is important in production of serotonin and all about affecting our mood (WebMD). Need a lift? Eat a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds to improve your outlook!
Seasonal treat, heart healthy bites – we love pumpkin and it loves us right back!
Happy #WellnessWednesday – what are your favorite seasonal super foods? Share with us in the comments!