Fall decorations are not complete without a pumpkin or two.
Besides their beauty, the most edible, sugar pumpkin is nutrient dense and so versatile.
1/2 cup of pumpkin has only 40 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and 9 grams of carbs.
It has more potassium than a banana, good for blood pressure among other things. It is rich in beta carotene, which keeps down the risk of cancer, and tryptophan, for better moods and sleep!
Pumpkin is delicious, served in savory meals as well as sweet.
If you are a fan of smoothies, mix 1/2 cup into some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2t pumpkin spice, a drizzle of honey or stevia, and a couple of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
A filling and nutritious treat!
How about pumpkin hummus? 1 can of garbanzo beans drained, 1 cup pumpkin, 1 clove of garlic, cumin and cinnamon, about 1/2 t each, 2 T tahini, 1T olive oil if needed to smooth out. Puree all ingredients in a food processor and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vegetables, or pita chips.
I found a great recipe for pumpkin soup that will warm you on a cold night.
Never throw out the seeds! They make great snacks, and are packed with more potassium, magnesium, and zinc!
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