I’m guessing about 95% of you saw “Pumpkin” and thought Pumpkin Pie…don’t worry, I did the same thing. I probably haven’t eaten pumpkin since last fall, with the exception of my daughter’s baby food pumpkin and apple medley (I have to try it too!). Pumpkin is definitely a seasonal food, but after you hear about all the goodies inside pumpkins, you may want to pretend it’s fall all year-round.
Why is pumpkin so SUPER? First, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and most importantly, carotenoids. Lesson for the day: Carotenoids are naturally colored, fat-soluble compounds that occur in plants (carrots also have this). Carotenoids have been proven to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. They’re also rich in antioxidants and protect your skin and eyes from UV rays. Pumpkins also contain a great amount of fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. Who knew we were carving such a rich food source each Halloween?
The trick with this challenge is to FIND pumpkin. We’d obviously prefer fresh pumpkin, which will most likely be pretty scarce, so canned pumpkin might just have to do. Regardless, it’s a better choice than that bag of chocolate chips you might have considered snacking on today.
Let us know what you come up with. It’s a good time to start finding some good Thanksgiving recipes anyways right?
Pumpkin for breakfast? Here’s a recipe to get you started: Pumpkin Oatmeal