It’s the Great Pumpkin!

~Written by Rose Colleran~

It’s that time of year when you see pumpkin everywhere: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin beer and pumpkin pie, etc., etc. Did you notice last week that there is even a National Pumpkin Day now? (BTW… Am I wrong or is there a “National Day” for just about everything these days???) My mom loves pumpkin pie. While it’s not my favorite (I’m more of a chocolate kinda gal), I do love pumpkin lots of other ways, especially in my morning smoothie (see my favorite recipe below). It is certainly hard to imagine a Thanksgiving spread without the quintessential holiday dessert prominently featured. In 1705 the town of Colchester, CT actually postponed Thanksgiving for a week because there wasn’t enough molasses available to make pumpkin pie!

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It turns out Linus was on to something with the “Great Pumpkin”. While pumpkin is a tasty seasonal treat, it’s also overflowing in nutrients that offer many great health benefits. For example:

 

  • Vitamin A improves vision and prevents macular degeneration
  • High fiber content aids in regularity and prolonged satiety which can result in weight loss
  • Iron promotes fertility and wards against anemia
  • The seeds contain a chemical that lowers bad cholesterol
  • The beta-carotene helps to prevent cancer
  • Carotenoids aid in wrinkle prevention
  • Tryptophan leads to mood improvement that in turn increases production of serotonin
  • Potassium is energy refueling and reduces blood pressure
  • Vitamin C Improves your immunity

 

There are a little over three weeks remaining until turkey day and then we will all be caught up in the whirlwind of the holiday season for the following five weeks. Take advantage of this brief period of quiet before the storm to enjoy your favorite pumpkin recipes and try some new ones.

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