October 01, 2019 - Fall is here and it is time to bring on the pumpkin.
Sweet or savory, this beautiful orange squash can add flavor and fiber to any dish. The moist consistency of pumpkin is great for creating perfect texture in your baked goods. Pumpkin can even serve as a substitute for eggs, oil, or butter.
Aside from imparting that wonderful fall flavor, did you know that pumpkin flesh and pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses? Your jack-o-lantern is packed with vitamin A and vitamin C. One cup of cooked pumpkin has almost 200% of your daily value of Vitamin A, which promotes good eye health and may prevent certain types of cancer. And while we often consider bananas the best way to replete potassium after a hard workout, one cup of pumpkin actually beats out a banana! Pumpkin seeds have additional beneficial nutritional properties, like being a rich source of phytosterols, which can help to lower LDL cholesterol.
With so many important phytonutrients, real pumpkin is a perfect food to help you gear up for flu season and fall training. We challenge you to mix in more pumpkin this month. Try pumpkin puree mixed into oats, spread on quesadillas, and even blended into your morning cup of joe. Pumpkin tastes magical whether it be roasted or pureed, and the seeds are a great crunchy snack or addition to any dish. This October we are debuting four of our favorite pumpkin recipes and encourage you to try them!