5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin!

I don’t know about you, but I love Fall and pumpkin EVERYTHAAANG. I’m your basic white girl, disguised in a 6’5” male sculpted physique.

I want to share my passion for pumpkin with you, and you might just “fall in love” with it too.. (see what I did there)

Why should you eat more pumpkin?

Well let me tell you…

Here are 5 awesome health benefits:

1] It keeps your eyesight sharp
Just one cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 % of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids in vision, according to the National Institutes of Health.

2] They can aid in weight loss.
One cup of pumpkin contains just 49 calories and 3 grams of fiber. This low calorie high fiber squash can fill you up with a ton of food volume for low calories keeping you full for hours, so you’re less likely to snack between meals.

3] Pumpkin has more potassium than bananas.>
Just one cup of cooked pumpkin has 564 milligrams of potassium compared to a banana’s 422. A little extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

4] Pumpkin can make you look younger.
Pumpkins orange color comes from carotenoids, which is a plant pigment. Pumpkins are also filled with hydrating properties known to fight premature wrinkles that help keep our skin looking younger for longer!

5] Pumpkin seeds can be good for your heart.
Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

So how can we reap all of these benefits by incorporating pumpkin into our diet?

Well, this post wouldn’t be complete without a pumpkin recipe, now would it?

Here’s my “go-to” super simple
Roasted Pumpkin Cinnamon Wedges Recipe:

-sliced/cubed pumpkin
-ground cinnamon
-garlic powder/salt
-Pam coconut oil spray

Directions:
Pre heat oven to 400 F. Cut pumpkin up into slices or cubes. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and spray it with Pam coconut oil cooking spray. Spread your pumpkin cubes evenly on the pan. Spray the top of them with cooking spray. Sprinkle the pumpkin with cinnamon and garlic powder. Toss them in the oven for 30 minutes or so. You can flip them half way through if you want, but I find it doesn’t make a huge difference either way.

**PRO TIP**
For the last minute of baking them, put your oven on the “broil” setting. Be careful to only leave them on broil for about a minute or so. This will get them nice and roasted/crispy.

Take em out and they are ready to devour!

You can either have them sweet or savory.

Sweet: mix up some PB2 (powdered peanut butter/water) to drizzle over the top for a sweet side.

Savory: dip them in reduced sugar ketchup/bbq sauce!

They also keep well refrigerated and can be eaten both cold or heated up.

Let me know what ya think!

Happy Fall, y’all