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It’s pumpkin time!
Pumpkin season has arrived and around here, that means pumpkin goes into everything! Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pasta! The list goes on, you can add it to almost any recipe! So why do we want to add it to our diet? Let me tell you…
Pumpkin contains tons of the antioxidant beta-carotene, hence they’re orangey color. Beta-carotene gets converted into vitamin A, which is very beneficial to vision, eye health and keeping your skin wrinkle-free. Beta-carotene also helps protect against cancer and many other diseases.
This extremely low-calorie veggie can aid in weight loss by filling you up on less calories. Just one cup of pumpkin is only around 50 calories and 3 grams of filling fiber. Fiber-rich diets help you to fill up on less, eat less calories and helps with regularity.
In just one cup of pumpkin, there is more potassium than in a whole banana. Potassium keeps your electrolytes balanced after workouts, aids in recovery and keeps you hydrated.
High in vitamin C, pumpkin also boosts immunity, which is important this time of year.
Start your morning off right with this delicious Fall treat!
Who needs a pumpkin spice latte from that overly-expensive coffee giant that we won’t name??? I’d prefer this filling Pumpkin Spice Smoothie any day.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
1 frozen banana, sliced
1/3 cup of canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp chia seeds
2 tbsp. chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each of nutmeg and ginger
1 tbsp. maple syrup, honey or stevia to taste
Combine everything in a blender and mix for 1-2 minutes. Add more milk if needed.
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