It’s that time of year where we explore the great outdoors and the trees’ bright red and orange leaves, pumpkin patches, carve jack-o-lanterns, bake up some pies and treat ourselves to pumpkin spice lattes.
Pumpkin, without added sugar and flours, can actually be pretty healthy for you. The flesh of the pumpkin contains beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. This cool little nutrient is good for vision, immunity, reproduction, growth, etc. The squash also has minute traces of magnesium, zinc, vitamin b, and phosphorus. It’s also jam-packed with anti-oxidants that will help your body deal with free radicals.
The seeds can be eaten as well and are just as beneficial, on top of providing you another source of protein. Like the flesh, there are vitamins to be found. But did you know that the seeds also have an amino acid, tryptophan, which is good for sleep!
So, what are some fun and cute ideas for the pumpkin season?