Come October, it seems everyone is talking about pumpkin and with good reason. Theres that Thanksgiving staple pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup I could go on. Besides being deliciously sweet and making a cool Halloween decoration, pumpkins are also really good for you. Heres why:
– A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for your eyes and your skin.
– Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, which give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, an antioxidant that plays a role in cancer prevention.
– A low-calorie fruit, pumpkin is also a fantastic source of fibre with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories. This means youll stay full for longer, making pumpkin a diet-friendly food.
– Pumpkin makes a great post-workout food. A cup of cooked pumpkin has more potassium than a banana. Potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
So, go ahead and get pumpkin crazy this fall! Ill be in Nantucket for the rest of the week, enjoying the ocean, but when I get back, therell be a fantastic pumpkin spice smoothie just waiting for you!