The Health Benefits of Pumpkins | Modern Mummy

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Health Benefits of Pumpkins

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There's nothing better than eating seasonal fruit and veg - and pumpkins, and other members of the squash family, are at their best right now.

Not only is a Hallowe’en pumpkin super tasty, it also has incredible health benefits – so when you’re pumpking carving this week, don’t throw all the flesh into the food caddy. Cook it!

Pumpkins and squashes contain huge amounts of Vitamin A – which is essential for healthy eyes – and Vitamin C – which boosts immune system, great at this time of year. Like carrots, they contain beta-carotene which is supposedly great for cancer prevention, and they are also packed full of potassium – which is great for energy – and fibre, which keeps you fuller for longer.

But it’s not just the flesh that’s great for you, pumpkin seeds really are a super food. They contain serotonin – which makes you happy! – and they also help reduce cholesterol.

Pumpkin can be turned into hearty and warming Autumn soups, roasted as wedges and baked in sweet pies and cookies too. Whatever you decide to make, MAKE SURE YOU TOAST THOSE SEEDS! They are just perfect sprinkled into salads and added to home made granola, and make an excellent snack.

Coming up on Modern Mummy this week: How to make pumpkin puree (for use in lots of different recipes), different ways to toast pumpkin seeds and how to make pumpkin muffins. Three extra tasty ways to get pumpkin into your diet! Yum yum. xoxo

1 comment

  1. Right! That does it! Definitely not wasting the pumpkin flesh! Love the idea of toasted seeds too! :-)


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