Healing Food Series: Pumpkin

We’re getting close to wrapping up my healing food series. October’s focus is on pumpkins, a popular and beloved winter squash. If you aren’t familiar with this series you can read more about it in this post, but each month I’ve been highlighting a certain food and the nutritional impact it has on the body.

While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is actually a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits. In addition to its delicious taste, pumpkin is incredibly nutritious and linked to many health benefits. Here’s a look at a few of those….

  1. Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A, while also being low in calories.
  2. Pumpkin contains a high antioxidant content, which may protect your cells against damage by free radicals and lower your risk of cancer.
  3. Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.
  4. Pumpkin is considered a nutrient-dense food. That means it’s incredibly low in calories despite being packed with nutrients.
  5. Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, which have been linked to heart health benefits.
  6. Pumpkin contains compounds that promote healthy skin

There are so many ways in which pumpkin can be used, which is made evident by the number of recipes included below. Lets not forget about its seeds as they’re also edible and highly nutritious.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Maple Pecan Glaze
Key Ingredients

Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Nourish

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Pancakes
Sinful Nutrition

Whole Wheat Apple Pumpkin Muffins
Your Choice Nutrition

Pumpkin Almond Butter
Key Ingredients

Guilt Free No Bake Protein Packed Pumpkin Pie
And a Dash of Cinnamon

Vegan Pumpkin Pasta with Pumpkin Bean Balls
Cozy Peach Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Protein Bars
And a Dash of Cinnamon

Pumpkin, Carrot and Raisin Muffins
Key Ingredients

Classic Vegan Pumpkin Pudding
Cozy Peach Kitchen

Pumpkin Fig Bars
Danielle Judson RDN

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Spiced Apples
Judy Matusky

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Key Ingredients

Chewy Pumpkin Hemp Granola Bars
Bucket List Tummy

White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus
Key Ingredients

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Alfredo Sauce
Queen of My Kitchen

Pumpkin Spice Seedy Slow Cooker Granola
Live Best

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
Live Best

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cups
Nutrition Starring You

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Collagen
Kroll’s Korner

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Nutrition Starring You

Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Key Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Granola
Key Ingredients

Flourless Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Muffin Bites
Kroll’s Korner

Other post from my Healing Foods Series:
January: Citrus
Februray: Broccoli
March: Artichokes
April: Salmon
May: Berries
June: Eggplant
July: Bell Peppers
August: Flaxseeds
September: Apples

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By | 2018-10-09T12:02:45+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Food|1 Comment

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  1. Kelly Jones October 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    So many great ways to use pumpkin! I seriously don’t get sick of it 🙂 Love this series you’re doing, too.

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