Pumpkin can keep you feeling full longer on fewer calories. Why? Because pumpkin is a good source of fiber and has only 50 calories per one-cup serving of mashed pumpkin. Recent research is even finding that pumpkin can help you metabolize sugar more efficiently.
The spices in traditional pumpkin pie also have potential health benefits. For example, in addition to the pumpkin itself, cinnamon can also help metabolize dietary sugars more efficiently, thus helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Ginger, another key spice in pumpkin pie, is well-known for its benefits as a digestive aid and is particularly helpful for nausea. Cloves can benefit digestion and the immune system, and nutmeg can act as a natural sleep aid.
Pumpkin is high in vitamin A and carotenoids – beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin – good for your eyes, skin, immune system, and general health.
Consider making your next smoothie a “pumpkin pie” smoothie! Place the following in a blender:
Blend and enjoy! (Optional add-ins: Watching Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown)
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