Farewell to summer salads, shorts and hot humid days! Hello root vegetables, copper colored leaves and cool breeze!
My absolute favorite holistic Autumn arrival is so fabulous that TWO holidays have placed it upon a pedestal! Grab a sweater and join me in the pumpkin patch!
Why pumpkin? It contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and 14 different phyto-nutrients!
Top 10 reasons to love this. Stunning orange-yellow standout member of the squash family.
- Like the eye sight enhancing carrot, pumpkin is high in beta carotene, precursor to Vitamin A.
- Live a little! Lose the berries in morning smoothies. Pumpkin contains Vitamin C.
- Helps restore electrolytes after exercise.
- Supports eye health with luetin.
- Fights inflammation with quercetin.
- Aids weight loss. There are just 50 calories in a cup!
- Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol.
- Insoluble fiber helps promote healthy bowel function.
- Eat less red meat and dairy. Pumpkin even contains iron and calcium. Increasing plant based meals has never been so easy.
- Stay young with collagen boosting silicon.
Don’t wait for Thanksgiving Day pie! Enjoy pumpkin today. Canned pumpkin is available all year long but this season go farm fresh with a little kitchen help.
FRESH Pumpkin Puree
Pie pumpkin is ideal but Jack-O -lantern works, too. Wash, cut in half, scoop and save the seeds. Set aside in water with a pinch of salt.
Cook the pumpkin in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or until fork easily pierces flesh. Remove the outer skin. Once cool, puree in a food processor. Package in portions and freeze leftovers.
Pumpkin is an amazing carbohydrate but let’s not forget the treasure inside! Drain, rinse and place pumpkin seeds on parchment paper. Feeling fancy? Drizzle with maple syrup or sprinkle with cinnamon! Bake for 45 minutes at 300 degrees.
Why pumpkin seeds?
With only 170 calories in a 1/4 cup, seeds are a healthy holistic snack. They are high in protein, essential fatty acids and contain a balance of amino acids. Feeling blue? L-tryptophan helps the brain produce feel good hormone seratonin while B vitamins lift moods! Pumpkin seeds also contain immune boosting and prostate health supporter zinc.
Pumpkin seeds are potent enough to be part of parasite protocols in herbal medicine.
Nut allergies? Pumpkin seed spread is great alternative to peanut butter.
Last but not least, drizzle pumpkin oil on salads and steamed vegetables.
Pumpkin is holistic health inside and out! Baked, mashed or pureed pumpkin is sure to jazz up any mealtime. From morning smoothie to salad topping seeds, pumpkins are perfect inside and out!