Don’t forget the pumpkin, just because it’s summertime! Pumpkin is packed with super nutrients and should be enjoyed all year long!
We usually enjoy pumpkin treats during the cozy fall and winter months, but when you know how very amazing this wonderful super food is, besides being very tasty, you will no longer want to wait for the leaves to start falling to enjoy it.
You can enjoy pumpkin in so many different ways! It’s not just for baking. You can use it in soups, stews, shakes and baked goods. You can use it to replace the oil called for in baked goods, such as brownies, no one will ever notice the difference, except how extra delicious they are! Your brownies will still be just as chocolatey delicious, but better! and will not taste like pumpkin, it will just add to the richness of the brownie. Just substitute half a 29 oz can of pumpkin for the oil suggested in the brownie mix and enjoy healthier and tastier brownies.
There are no limits to how you can use this super food. The sky is the limit. Only your imagination and ability to try new things, could ever limit your options with pumpkin.
I created a new recipe today and it is fabulous!
RECIPE for Pumpkin Cashew Maple Raisin Bread/Cake: enjoy anytime. breakfast, noon, or snack
1 can (29 oz) pure pumpkin
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsp. cinnamon
3 cups cashews with sea salt ground up on Vitamix
Bake 350 for about 45 minutes depending on oven and size pan used
Enjoy pumpkin all year long to fight disease and feel fit forever! #feelfitforever
Here are some of the amazing facts about pumpkin:
The nutrients in pumpkin are really phenomenal! Extremely high in fiber and low in calories, pumpkin packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E.
The key nutrient that boosts pumpkin to the top of the SuperFoods list is the synergistic combination of carotenoids. Pumpkin contains one of the richest supplies of bioavailable carotenoids known to man. Just one half-cup serving of pumpkin gives you more than two times the recommended daily dietary intake of alpha-carotene and 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary goal of beta-carotene.
Foods rich in carotenoids have been shown to decrease the risk of and fight certain cancers including those of the lung, colon, bladder, cervical, breast and skin. In the landmark Nurses’ Health Study. Women with the highest concentrations of carotenes in their diets had the lowest risk of breast cancer.
Carotenoids have also shown great promise in their ability to lower rates of heart disease. Carotenoid consumption also decreases the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.