It’s that time of year – a chill in the air, leaves changing color, and the season for baking everything pumpkin!
Although there are pumpkin treats that don’t pack much of a nutritional punch, there are some health benefits to this seasonal fruit. Today we’re going to not only go over these health benefits, but also some great ways to eat pumpkin!
Ready to fall into this goodness?
Pumpkins are a great source of fiber. They have three grams per one-cup serving! At only 50 calories per serving, it will help you feel fuller for longer and on fewer calories. Let’s not forget pumpkin seeds – they contain about 1.7g of fiber as well! Using pumpkin to help get your recommended ~28g of fiber daily will help aid your digestion as well!
Yes, that’s right! Pumpkin can actually help aid sleep. The seeds in pumpkins are rich in Tryptophan, which is an amino acid that can cause sleepiness.
Fun fact: Tryptophan is a natural mood regulator, and can help balance certain hormones naturally. Eating pumpkin seeds can help you feel more calm.
Pumpkin seeds contain 30g of protein. Bonus, they also contain a significant amount of magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Pumpkin contains Vitamin A which will help protect your cells and boost your immune system. One cup of pumpkin contains a whopping 1,906mg of Vitamin A. Let’s not forget that Vitamin A also keeps your vision healthy.
Have I convinced you to try pumpkin out? Let’s dive in to some healthy pumpkin recipes!
Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pinwheel Bites from FoodFaithFitness.
Pumpkin Soup with Cranberry Apple Relish from USANA Test Kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired to try these recipes out! What’s your favorite pumpkin treat?
This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc. / Photo cred