Pumpkin in the morning, pumpkin in the evening, pumpkin at suppertime… When pumpkin is on a bagel… Well, never mind. No matter how or when you like it, pumpkin is the veggie of the moment for obvious reason, and with as many health benefits as this squash varietal offers – it is definitely healthy hippie approved! The popular pumpkin is loaded with filling fiber and very little sugar or calories, so it aids digestion and will keep you from becoming pumpkin shaped. Like most orange fruits and veggies, it’s also amazing for eye health thanks to a hefty dose of Vitamin A, lutein and beta carotene.
And don’t forget about the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are often tossed with the rest of Jack-o-Lantern’s guts, but don’t overlook these little edibles. Pumpkin seeds contain a bunch of minerals including copper, magnesium and zinc; essential for immunity, energy, mood and sleep. Zinc is particularly important for the men in our lives because it protects against prostate problems and promotes the overall health “downstairs”. So slip a few into your dude’s next meal and tell him not to ask questions.
Now back to when, where and how to eat pumpkin. Sure it’s easy to find ways to bake pumpkin into desserts, or serve it up at suppertime – but what about first thing in the morning? Click below for two tasty ways to give your breakfast a boost with this seasonal favorite.