Pumpkin is a popular “autumn” ingredient, showing up in everything from lattes to salads. But even considering its overwhelming popularity, you might not have realized that pumpkin isn’t just tasty; it’s also very healthy! Here are five reasons you can be excited about pumpkin, and should include it in your fall dishes.
Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene. And since our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, your favorite pumpkin dish can boost your immunity and keep your body healthy.
Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants. Along with vitamins C and E, pumpkin contains antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients fight damage from free radicals and can reduce your risk of many chronic diseases.
Pumpkin is full of fiber. We’re always reminding you to eat plenty of fiber, to both promote healthy digestion and fight off diseases like colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. When you include pumpkin in soups, salads, and curries, you can fill up on beneficial fiber without consuming too many calories.
Pumpkin makes a great savory substitute in recipes. Stir chunks of roasted pumpkin into risottos or macaroni and cheese, to boost flavor without adding too many calories. You’ll enjoy the festive orange hue, too.
Pumpkin adds nutrients and moisture to baked goods. Taking it easy on the baked goods will support your weight loss plan. But when you do want to indulge in a modest treat, adding pumpkin to muffins and breads will contribute both moisture and nutrients. Along with the nutrients listed above, pumpkin is also rich in potassium and vitamin K, making it a true superfood that just happens to be delicious in a variety of dishes!
We hope our seasonal tips help you continue to enjoy new recipes as you follow your weight loss plan. But remember, if you need more support we’re only a phone call away. Give us a call and we’ll trouble shoot any problems you’re having, and help you to find long-term success with your health goals.