‘Tis the season to eat LOTS of pumpkin!
The leaves are changing and frost bites the air. Our taste-buds are craving for those pumpkin flavored coffees and desserts!
There’s a great reason why pumpkin should be added into your diet: it’s a nutritional treat that provides many benefits. Now, that doesn’t mean you should run into StarBucks and load up on their Pumpkin Spice Latte (which by the way is loaded with sugar and empty calories). It means that this fruit (yes, it’s a fruit. However, we mostly cook and eat it like a vegetable) should be added as a supplement to your meals. It’s great to add variety into your meals! There are so many wild fruits and vegetables to experiment with, and pumpkin is one of them!
Pumpkin originated from our own homeland: America. It belongs to the squash family (which is also a fruit) and has a distinctive orange color. This color indicates that it’s an excellent antioxidant, rich in beta-carotene. A diet rich in beta-carotene has shown to reduce the chances of developing cancer. Also, pumpkin contains high amounts of Vitamin A, which is extremely important for the immune system.
Did you know that pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, protein, magnesium, and potassium? Don’t throw those bad boys away after carving those pumpkins! Cook them up and dust them with sea salt for a tasty treat!
Below is a yummy, good smelling, healthy recipe that will have everyone knocking at your door!
2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
1 can of Pure Pumpkin (or you can use real pumpkin left over from carving)
2 bananas smashed
½ cup of Agave Nectar(or you can use honey)
¼ piece of ginger, you will also need a garlic presser (or you can use powdered ginger)
1 tbsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15x10x1-inch pan with 1 tbsp EVOO.
2. Blend pumpkin, mashed bananas, and agave syrup until smooth. Crush the ginger with a garlic press and blend. Slowly blend in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 tbsp EVOO until smooth.
3. Pour mix into pan and bake 25-30 min or until center is done. Let it completely cool on a cooling rack for about 2 hours. Serve and ENJOY!