Pumpkin

Boost your nutrition this fall with pumpkin. Enjoy the deep and rich taste of this vine-grown fruit when it is harvested in the early months of fall to experience maximal nutrition benefits.  

Health Benefits

The bright orange color of pumpkin indicates a high amount of a powerful antioxidant beta carotene. This plant-derived carotenoid can be converted to vitamin A in the body which has been shown to have many health benefits such as:

  1. Enhances vision by helping eyes adjust to light changes
  2. Aids in prevention of some types of cancer
  3. Contributes to the formation of healthy bones and teeth
  4. Helps with immune system regulation

How to Cook a Pumpkin

Fresh pumpkins provide the highest amount of nutrients and can be cooked and added to many recipes. Follow these easy steps to cook a pumpkin:

  1. Cut a pie pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Place pumpkin halves on a baking sheet, cut side down, and bake in the oven at about 350 degrees until pumpkin is soft.
  3. Remove from the oven and scoop pumpkin from the rind into a bowl.

If you do not have time to cook a pumpkin you can purchase canned pumpkin. Choose low or no sugar options for a healthy alternative. 

Fall Favorites

Experience a taste of fall by adding pumpkin to your favorite recipes.

  1. Soup: Cook pumpkin, puree until smooth, and add to broth.  Complete with a touch of cinnamon, ginger spice, and salt.
  2. Seeds: Save the seeds after carving your pumpkin. Place seeds on a baking sheet, toss with a tablespoon of canola oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Bake at 300 degrees until lightly browned.
  3. Pancakes: Puree cooked pumpkin and add to batter.

From soup to seeds, incorporate pumpkin into your next recipe enjoying excellent nutrition!