Reprinted with the kind permission of Sue Ingebretson and Rebuilding Wellness
I’m over the (harvest) moon about pumpkin. Just nuts about the health benefits. Over the years, I’ve written dozens of articles and posts about the amazing super nutrients found in this fleshy, fun squash. It’s time to celebrate – and even thank – this delicious seasonal and sensational squash.
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This orange gourd/squash provides a healthy amount of fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, C, K, folate, choline, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and more. The phytonutrients contained in pumpkin contribute to its anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Its deep, rich color indicates that it’s a wonderful antioxidant. It serves as an excellent source of carotenoids (yes, beta-carotene), which converts to the much-needed Vitamin A in the body. This vitamin is vital for eye health, heart health, immune system function, and protection against free radicals.
Now that you know WHY pumpkin is a nutrient power house, here’s HOW to use it in these fun, fall recipes.
Creamy Orange is the New Creamy Latte
Fall is full of flavorful offerings. It’s rare to hear the word “spice” without the word “pumpkin” and vice versa. For good reason. When they’re paired, there’s no better (or healthier) way to sample this tasty blend than in your own homemade latte.
The following recipe includes just a handful of healthy ingredients. It’s a dairy free option featuring no processed or chemically laden sweeteners or thickeners.
A Fantabulous Latte Recipe
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
And, there’s much more. Try these tasty treat recipes to spice things up for you, your family, and even your pets.
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes and More
Healthy Pumpkin Treat Recipes
Pepita Treats … YUM
Pepita Treats Recipe
Pumpkin Recipes for Pets, Too
Pumpkin Pet Recipes
What’s your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin? Share your thoughts – and your thanks – below!
Sue Ingebretson is the Natural Healing Editor for ProHealth.com as well as a frequent contributor to ProHealth's Fibromyalgia site. She’s an Amazon best-selling author, speaker, and workshop leader. Additionally, Sue is an Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach, a Certified Nutritional Therapist, a Master NLP Practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. You can find out more and contact Sue at www.RebuildingWellness.com.