How to eat pumpkin plus it's many health benefits

People go crazy over pumpkin season (for good reason!), finding any and every way to use their favorite fall flavor. Pumpkins also have incredible health perks you should be taking advantage of, like:

  • High levels of potassium, which is good for blood pressure regulation
  • Lots of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body
  • Plant compounds that help blood sugar regulation
  • Lots of fiber for better digestion and staying full longer
  • Vitamin C in both pulp and seeds for immunity boosting

You can buy a pumpkin or you can buy it canned. When you get canned pumpkin, make sure it only contains pumpkin as the ingredient and nothing more.

You can use pureed pumpkin in muffins and other baked goods instead of butter or oil for a healthier treat. 

You can even make smoothies out of it. Just mixing it with yogurt and sprinkling cinnamon on top will give you a treat that tastes decadent and guilt-free.

Pumpkin can also be used in soups, stews, or curries. 

Don’t forget the seeds either! Scoop them out, rinse them off and allow them to dry. Then bake them with your favorite seasonings on top for a delicious snack you can take with you anywhere.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds with shells
  • 3 tsp. olive oil 
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste 
  • Garlic powder, to taste 
  • Onion powder, to taste

Clean seeds. Toss with olive oil and spices, adding as many spices as you prefer. Spread on a baking sheet in one single layer of seeds, not overlapping. Bake at 325F for 30-45 minutes. Stir occasionally to cook evenly.

Crispy Pumpkin Chips

  • 1 sugar pumpkin 
  • Olive oil, to coat
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste

Place parchment paper on baking sheet. Cut pumpkin open and thinly slice using a mandolin. Line slices on baking sheet and cook at 250F for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until chips begin to appear crispy and done. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt.