October – yay! The month of pumpkin, colorful leaves, cooler weather… I’m a happy girl.
NUTRITION FACTS: PUMPKIN
1/2 cup pure pumpkin:
Vitamin A 200%
Pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is quite a healthy little treat!
Did You Know:
Pumpkins come from the same family as watermelons and cucumbers and are 90% water?
Pumpkin is orange because it’s loaded with beta carotene, which converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for eye sight and it’s also an immune booster. Especially great since the weather is changing and people tend to get sick this time of year.
Pumpkin also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that promote healthy eye sight.
Pumpkin is a great way to add fiber, Vitamin A, potassium, and color to your food.
Try making recipes with pumpkin including oatmeal, smoothies, pancakes, soups, and more! (I have been seeing a LOT of good recipes on Pinterest and Instagram lately).
Check out this post on 10 Healthy Pumpkin Flavored Treats for recipes ideas.
Check out my RunEatSnap Pinterest page for other great pumpkin recipes.
I already picked up a few pumpkin items at Trader Joe’s but I am excited to return and see what other pumpkin products they have this year!
Don’t Forget About the Seeds!
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, healthy fat, iron, zinc, and Vitamin E.
Stay tuned for some great pumpkin recipe posts coming up this month!