October 26, 2015
The Benefits of Eating PUMPKIN!
I don’t know about you but I LOVE Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Pumpkin spice, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin lanterns, you name it. We know that pumpkin tastes absolutely amazing, but did you know there are health benefits to pumpkin seeds and oil? If you’re not convinced by the delicious taste of pumpkin, then I will have you converted into a pumpkin lover after you see all these incredible benefits:
It detoxifies the body!
Raw pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil contain something called chlorophyll. It’s the green pigment found in plants, which helps to cleanse your body naturally and detox the liver. Pumpkin contains the MOST chlorophyll than any other nut or seed. So, if you had a few too many YOLO meals, snack on pumpkin seeds the next day to refresh your system.
I love putting raw pumpkin seeds on yogurt! That crunch is incredible.
It is a plant-based protein.
You might be surprised, but pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein! 1 cup of roasted or dried pumpkin seeds contain 39 grams!! As you know protein is important to support strong muscles and repair tissues from all the effort you’re putting in your workouts. Pumpkin seeds are a great alternative if you’re looking for another way to get your protein in besides eating meat.
It has tons of fiber!
Another reason why I love pumpkin seeds is because they contain a lot of fiber. A small portion keeps you feeling full longer, improves your digestion and can help lower your cholesterol. They are also a lot easier to digest than other fiber sources like beans or grains. Give them a try if you want to improve your digestion and want a slimming snack!
It’s a good source of magnesium and zinc!
Don’t forget about vitamins and minerals! Pumpkin seeds and oils are high in magnesium and zinc, which support strong bones, increase your energy levels, and control blood sugar. They also help you maintain a strong and healthy immune system – so you can battle cold season like a champ!
It is a great source of iron.
Iron is a vitamin that most people are deficient in – especially women (thanks to mother nature). Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron and one of the best ways to increase your iron intake if you eat a plant-based diet. It’s important to get enough iron to increase energy levels, have better athletic performance, and it boosts your concentration and focus.
It makes you happier 🙂
Tasty food makes me happy, but pumpkin LITERALLY has something in them that boosts your mood. It contains tryptophan. Without getting super technical, tryptophan is an amino acid that is converted into serotonin, which is a happy hormone! It helps regulate your mood and sleep patterns, and decreases cravings. Why not add some happiness into your meals and snacks. Throw in pumpkin seeds to salads, smoothies or soups for a quick mood-boost!
Here’s a fun pumpkin recipe for you!
Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake
¼ cup oat flour
2 tablespoons Stevia
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ scoop vanilla protein powder
¼ cup canned pumpkin
1/8 cup almond milk
½ graham cracker sheet, crushed
1. Mix the oat flour through salt in a bowl.
2. Add the pumpkin, egg and milk and stir well.
3. Spray the bottom of a mug or small bowl with cooking spray.
4. Sprinkle the graham cracker pieces on the bottom. Pour the batter on top.
5. Microwave for 1:40 – 2:20, or until set but not overcooked. Invert on a plate and serve.
Calories: 300 | Protein: 24 g | Net Carbs: 26 g | Fat: 8 g | Fiber: 6 g
OH. EM. GEE! All those benefits make me love pumpkin even more! I am def going to be taking advantage of pumpkin season and adding seeds into my meals and snacks! What’s your fave way to add some pumpkin into your life?