I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one.”Linus, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
You can’t go through the fall season without being exposed to autumn’s favorite squash: the pumpkin! The fall food season seems to be all about pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin cookies. It’s 2020, if you want to enjoy all of the pumpkin flavored beverages, we are not going to make fun of you. You deserve that big cup of happy pumpkin spice!
Let’s celebrate pumpkins today. I’m here for celebrating everything right now. Pumpkins are good for you!
Health Benefits Of Pumpkin
In addition to how delicious it tastes and how versatile pumpkin is, there are also some great benefits to choosing this vegetable in the fall. Here are some top benefits:
The great thing about pumpkin is that it can be a really neutral ingredient to add to your meals, but can be spiced up to work in sweet as well as savory dishes. Canned or cooked pumpkin goes a long way in desserts, soups, and so many different foods and drinks. You can add it to smoothies or use canned pumpkin in your cake mixes.
Pumpkin is Low In Calories
One cup of pumpkin is only 30 calories! This means you can have a good amount of this veggie and all its immense flavor with a low amount of calories.
Pumpkin has a High Nutrient Content
Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients. In addition to the lower calories and just great taste of pumpkin, enjoying it in the fall can increase the nutrients you are consuming. Some of the nutrients also vary based on whether you are eating the meat inside the pumpkin, or the actual pumpkin seeds. Here are some nutrients you will get:
- Potassium – To start with, your pumpkin meat will contain potassium, which is great for helping to lower your blood pressure and boost your heart health.
- Beta carotene – Beta carotene is found in fruits and vegetables that are an orange color, and that includes pumpkin.
- Vitamin C – If you need more vitamin C, but aren’t a fan of citrus fruits, you can get a good amount of it in your pumpkin meat. This is not only a beneficial vitamin on its own, but it can help you to absorb iron.
- Nutrients in Seeds – As for the pumpkin seeds, you will get vitamins like zinc, omega 3s, magnesium, and tryptophan.
Healthier Pumpkin Ideas
Looking for some healthier ways to enjoy your pumpkin? Here are some quick ideas:
Pumpkin soup. Try this awesome recipe:
Pumpkin Cauliflower Soup With Ginger by Salt And Lavender
Pumpkin waffles. Here’s a healthy version that both kids and adults will love:
Healthy Baked Pumpkin Waffles by Amy’s Healthy Baking
Pumpkin smoothies. Super easy and delicious for breakfast, lunch or a snack!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie by The Worktop
Pumpkin spice latte. Keep it healthy and delicious with this recipe:
Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte by Eating Bird Food
Pumpkin is also one of my favorite sweet flavors. It’s such a fun flavor for the fall. I’m looking forward to trying the following fall pumpkin sweet treats. If you are okay with the added sugar here and there, here are some of my favorites!
15 Pumpkin Sweet Treats
Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Bites by Tastes Of Lizzy T
Pumpkin Cream Pie Trifles Recipe by Julia’s Eats and Treats
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread by I Heart Eating
Pumpkin Magic Bars by Crazy For Crust
Baked Pumpkin Donuts by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Pumpkin Muffins With Brown Sugar Streusel by Dinner At The Zoo
Pumpkin Spice Scones by I Heart Naptime
Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles by Homemade Hooplah
Pumpkin Brownies by Simply Joy
Mini Pumpkin Swirled Cheesecakes by OMG Chocolate Desserts
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats by Sugar Spice And Glitter
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream by Beyond Frosting
Easy Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls by Two Peas And Their Pod
Pumpkin Lush by Averie Cooks
Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge by Inside Brew Crew Life
Added Pumpkin Freebie – The cutest fall themed recipe cards can be found here!
I heard a rumor last week that some people don’t actually like the flavor of pumpkins. Weird right? Either way, you can still totally decorate with pumpkins. It’s such a cute symbol of fall, september, october, november, halloween, and even thanksgiving.
15 Decorative Pumpkin Crafts
Felt Pumpkins by Heart Filled Spaces
Corn Husk White Pumpkins by Carolyn’s Homework
Lighted Halloween Pumpkin Topiary by DIY Candy
Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins by A Night Owl Blog
Candy Corn Ruffled Felt Pumpkin by Where The Smiles Have Been
Halloween Bandana Pumpkins by Sadie Season Goods
Fall Decor Framed Pumpkin by Creations By Kara
How To Make Paper Pumpkins by DIY Inspired
DIY Pumpkin Candles by A Pumpkin And A Princess
DIY Pumpkin Menu byThe Merry Thought
Mason Jar Lid Pumpkins by Crafts By Amanda
Paper Pumpkin Craft by Meaningful Mama
Wine Cork Pumpkin by My Gourmet Connection
Fall Wreath With Pumpkin Center by Gift Just DIY
Easy Sweater Pumpkins by Confessions Of A Plate Addict
I had a really gourd time talking all things pumpkin with you! I wish you the best fall ever!
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