It’s fall and you know what that means: Pumpkin flavored everything!
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer…the list just goes on!
Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors, and it’s not because everyone goes pumpkin crazy during the fall, I just really like the taste of pumpkin.
Did you know that pumpkin is actually one of this season’s healthier foods and it’s considered a superfood?
And that makes it totally okay to be obsessed with pumpkin!
Keeps You Feeling Full. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. Fiber is the main source that helps to keep you feeling full for longer, and it can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Just one ounce of pumpkin seeds gives you about 1.7 grams of your daily dietary fiber. Mash up the insides of the pumpkin, and one cup will give you 3 grams of fiber with only 50 calories. And, since fiber keeps you feeling full for longer, your appetite will decrease and will help you to lose weight!
Helps Your Eyesight. To maintain great eyesight, your body requires having a certain amount of vitamin A each day and pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A. Eating just a cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your daily recommended amount for vitamin A. Vitamin A also helps you to see better in dim light.
Get Better Sleep. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with tryptophan. You know that sleepy feeling you get after you eat Thanksgiving dinner? Tryptophan is responsible for that. Tryptophan is an amino acid that is found in foods like turkey and chicken that your body uses that turns into a B vitamin called niacin, which plays a role in how melatonin (the hormone responsible for helping you sleep) is formed in your brain. When melatonin is formed, you start feeling relaxed and start feeling sleepy.
To get more pumpkin in your daily diet, there are a few things that you can do:
• Make your own pumpkin puree rather than buying canned pumpkin.
• Replace butter or oil in any baking recipe with pumpkin puree.
• Make a treat or snack by combining yogurt, pumpkin puree, honey, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
Remember: When you’re purchasing canned pumpkin, the ONLY ingredient that should be listed is pumpkin.
Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes to share with us?