PSL is back and is rearing his big head in our lives. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the orange squash and all-things-fall, but maybe we are all a little bit obsessed? Pumpkin munchkins, anyone?
Pumpkin is a naturally nutrient dense food, that is until we douse it with sugar and oil…#judgmentfreezone The seasonal fall favorite is one of the best known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant (also responsible for the orange color) which is converted into vitamin A in the body. One cup of cooked pumpkin will deliver 100% of the recommend daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin A which assists in good vision, fertility, and hormone production.
Pumpkin is also great to eat for lowering blood pressure and protecting overall health because it contains fiber, vitamin C, and potassium which all support heart health and boost immunity.
Don’t forget the seeds! They are packed with protein, iron, zinc, and magnesium! So take advantage of pumpkin’s power this season. Go get your pumpkin on and check out these yummy & healthy recipes below!!
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Scones by ImmaEatThat
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes by MealMakeoverMoms
Flowerless Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins by EatingBirdFood
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal by fANNEtasticFood
Healthy Pumpkin Muffins by Love & Zest
Pumpkin Pancakes by Love & Zest
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars by The Lean Green Bean
Pumpkin Yogurt Dip by Kara Lydon
Cumin & Lime Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by BakeaholicMama
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies by Love & Zest
Healthy Thai Pumpkin Curry + Quinoa by Healthy Aperture
Spicy Speckled Pumpkin Curry by The Little Kitchen
Harvest Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette by Love & Zest
Homemade Pumpkin Puree Brown Rice Risotto by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna Roll-Ups by MJ & Hungryman
Healthy Baked Mac & Cheese with Pumpkin by The Lemon Bowl
Pumpkin Bacon Mac and Cheese by Love & Zest
Pumpkin Cranberry Dessert Hummus by Run To The Finish
No Bake Pumpkin Yogurt Pie by Fit2Flex
Protein Packed Pumpkin Spice Frap by Run Eat Repeat
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino by Love & Zest
DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte by Love & Zest
Soooo, are you a fan of pumpkin? What’s your favorite way to eat it?
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