Why Pumpkins are the Best Thing About Fall

Fall is here

The air is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and people are already decorating for the season. Pumpkins are the number one item used for decorating. They aren’t just for carving jack-o-lanterns and they most certainly are not just for PSLs (Pumpkin Spiced Lattes). Pumpkins are actually very healthy for you.

Pumpkins are great for your eyes. Just like carrots, pumpkins are high in vitamin A (beta-carotene). This vitamin is what gives both pumpkins and carrots their rich orange color. One cup of this healthy squash is twice the amount of a daily intake of vitamin A.

Pumpkins are packed full of fiber. From the seeds to the flesh, they help you control hunger. By eating the seeds, you are adding 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per ounce, while eating the flesh is 3 grams per cup.

If you’re not into eating the fleshy parts of pumpkins, a great way to utilize your jack-o-lantern is cooking their seeds. Like mentioned before, the seeds are packed full of dietary fiber. They are also full of phytoestrogens, which is believed to lower blood pressure. They are also linked to better sleep because they are rich in tryptophan, which is used in the body to create serotonin.

There are so many uses for pumpkins. Don’t let your fall decorations go to waste this year. If you would like to try roasting your own pumpkin seeds, here are some recipes ideas from the food network:


Seed the pumpkin: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl.
Clean the seeds: Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, and then shake dry. Don’t blot with paper towels; the seeds will stick.
Dry them: Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.
Add spices: Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt, and your choice of spices (see below).

Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.

  • Sweet Toss with cinnamon and sugar (do not use salt in step 4)
  • Indian Toss with garam masala; mix with currants after roasting.
  • Spanish Toss with smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting.
  • Italian Toss with grated parmesan and dried oregano.
  • Barbecue Toss with brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.

Source : Daily Burn

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