There is a vibrant and tasty fruit (yes, fruit!) we often just walk past at the store or destroy with the steamer at home. Good old pumpkin! This delicious and healthy fruit is something to talk about, especially since its winter. So we have decided to give you 5 fantastic reasons why you should eat more pumpkin, and not just why but also how.
- Pumpkin is high in fibre- one cup of pumpkin contains 7 grams of fiber.
- It is a good source of Vitamin A- did i say good? I meant great! Pumpkin contains more than 200% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A.
- It is high in Potassium- One cup contains almost 400 milligrams of potassium, which is good for your heart as it helps relieve anxiety and enhances muscle strength.
- It's high in Vitamin C- We all know Vitamin C helps with the common cold, but also helps strengthen your immune system.
- It enhances your mood- Pumpkin doesn't just lift your mood because you're happy eating it, but it actually helps your body produce Serotonin- the natural mood-enhancing hormone. Pumpkin helps you sleep better too, due to the amino acid, pumpkin can help you to get a better nights rest.
Now on to some ideas on how to eat it.
The great thing about pumpkin is that it can either be sweet or savory. We suggest for the sweet tooth, pumpkin tart/pie or pumpkin fritters rolled in cinnamon sugar. This is also a great way to get your kids to eat pumpkin if they are at the age where anything orange is a no go. If you are more savoury inclined then you could go for an easy roast pumpkin salad with fresh pomegranate seeds, herbs and a splash of Sherry Vinegar. We also suggest a delicious pumpkin and bacon soup. We regularly have this in store when its cold. Pumpkin chips are also great! Instead of having regular old chips with your burger, rather roast off fingers of pumpkin with a few sprigs of thyme. And last but definitely not least, pumpkin gnocchi! If you have mastered the art of making homemade gnocchi then you have to try it with pumpkin! Serve it with a simple burnt sage butter sauce and Voila! a delicious and simple dinner done!
We would love to hear your ideas on how you cook/eat your pumpkin.