Pumpkins will be in an endless supply this fall season. As such a low calorie vegetable (at 50 calories per mashed cup) and with no fat or cholesterol it is hard to turn it down.
Some additional health perks:
- 1 mashed cup contains more than 200% of your daily Vitamin A (which aids in vision particularly in dim light and offers some protection against cancer)
- 3 grams of fiber per cup (which helps stabilize appetite and assist in weight loss)
- To improve healing time after a great workout, there is more potassium in this vegetable than a banana
- The seeds are packed with tryptophan, zinc and iron so don’t forget to much on them too
Looking for ways to get some extra ‘pumpkin’ into your diet?
- On your next batch of muffins add 1 cup of pureed pumpkin and reduce the moisture ingredient (like milk) by about half.
- When eating the seeds, consider eating the shell (with seed inside) too. There is a very thin layer of endosperm in the shell that is loaded with zinc.
- Grind pumpkin seeds with garlic, parsley and cilantro; add to olive oil for a unique tasty salad dressing.
- Prepare a pumpkin butter spread: mix pureed pumpkin with cinnamon, touch vanilla extract, a little apple juice and brown sugar, with a pumpkin spice for flavour.
Karla Heintz, BSc Nutrition Author of ‘Picky? Not me mom! A parent’s guide to children’s nutrition.’