Fall Produce 101: Pumpkins

Are you sick of them yet? They do seem to be everywhere this time of year: pumpkin spice this, pumpkin flavored that. However, when Autumn rolls around, the all mighty pumpkin is king, and it definitely makes itself known as being the unofficial mascot of Halloween, your children’s favorite place to be on the weekends in the form of pumpkin patches, and one of the most nutritious vegetables that can be used in a number of seasonal dishes, ranging from the sweet, such as pies, cookies, and cakes, to the savory, such as breads, soups, and chilis. Here’s the breakdown on, arguably, the season’s most well-known produce.

Pumpkins are low in calories, and while all low calorie foods won’t keep you full, pumpkins are nutrient dense. They contain lots of rich fiber, which helps keep you satiated and regulates a healthy digestive system. And just one cup of pumpkin contains 7 grams of protein, and we all know that protein is important in a healthy diet!

Pumpkins can also help with your immunity. If you know that you’re prone to fighting sickness during the colder months, it’s important to eat a diet that’s high in vitamins and minerals, and adding pumpkin would be a smart choice! High in vitamins A, C, potassium, and iron, it’s sure to keep your body in top form. Additionally, it’s packed with phytosterols, which may drop bad cholesterol, and beta-carotene, which protects against free radicals!

So now that you’ve heard all of these amazing things about pumpkins, are you ready to start incorporating them into your life as more than just jack-o-lanterns? If you are, these 39 pumpkin recipes from Huffington Post will be the perfect start to turning you into a pumpkin cooking pro.

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