4 surprising health benefits of pumpkin + delicious pumpkin recipes
Witches, ghosts, ghouls and strange knocks at the door? It must be Halloween again!
In the United States Halloween is a huge event with exceptional costumes, street parties and masterpieces of decoration.
This year thousands of tons of pumpkins will be sold and carved into miniature artworks. Thankfully in the US it is traditional to use the leftovers to make all kinds of delicious dishes like soups, pies, and tarts.
But here in the UK, where Halloween is only recently starting to take off, we are serial pumpkin dumpers. So much so that an estimated 18,000 tons of pumpkin flesh will end up in the bin this year!
What?! We care too, don't we? Breathe and read on.
This Halloween it's up to us to do the pumpkin some well-deserved justice and be more eco-friendly by reducing this unnecessary waste. Being more mindful about how we use our pumpkins will help us get the most out of our vibrant, tasty, orange friend. Pumpkins are full of nutrition and can play a key role in a healthy diet.
A healthy lifestyle means taking care of ourselves and the environment, so let's reunite our pumpkin with its original purpose in life - to be eaten!
We can create tasty, home cooked dishes AND reap the many health benefits a pumpkin provides. Everybody wins.
Here are four great reasons to eat pumpkin:
Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin, teeth and the retinol which promotes healthy eyesight.
A cup of cooked pumpkin contains as much potassium as a banana. Potassium helps keep our heart in check and our muscles working to their best ability. It also helps aid muscle recovery after exercise.
Pumpkin is one of the best sources of beta-cryptoxanthin, which helps to prevent inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
Don't throw away the seeds! 'Good' fats are an essential part of a healthy diet and pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients, including unsaturated (good) fats, antioxidants and fibre. Try this recipe for roasting your own and tossing them into your salad. Delicious!
Hopefully by now you've found a new love and respect for the pumpkin and all the health benefits it has to offer and are ready to get cooking it yourself.
Witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls - enjoy!
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