Carve Out a Healthy Diet with Pumpkin to Boost Your Immunity, Mood, Heart, Eyes, and Skin
Fuel Your Body with this In-season Superfood
Annie and LJ gazed at the array of pumpkins growing in neat rows, each one displaying its unique size and shape. From petite spheres to hefty ovals, the pumpkins boasted a range of vivid hues, including striking oranges, soft yellows, and rich greens. The autumn weather was perfect, with a refreshing chill in the air.
“Wow, maybe we went overboard in our pumpkin patch again. We’ve got a hefty harvest,” chuckled LJ.
“What do you think about contacting our neighbors and inviting them to a harvest party?”
“If it helps our friends to see pumpkin as a superfood and not just jack-o-lanterns, I’m in.”
“LJ, we have wise friends. They know that pumpkin is a delicious and nourishing vegetable. It’s packed with dietary fiber for better digestion and beneficial for weight loss. In addition, it’s full of potassium, which plays an important role in preventing heart disease. Furthermore, it contains vitamins A and C, important for having glowing skin and a strong immune system.”
“The transition between summer and fall can be tough on your body, so eating pumpkin seems smart. Pumpkin contains various antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin, which neutralizes free radicals that help defend cells from injury and harm, potentially even helping defend against cancer.”
“Yes,” Annie nodded, “not to mention it’s also earth-friendly to eat produce in-season.
“So how can we encourage our neighbors to include more pumpkin in their diet?”
“There are so many ways! An easy one is to hand out a list of recipes. Your Mom’s pumpkin soup, which includes blending cooked pumpkin with vegetable broth and spices, is a delicious and nutritious meal.”
” My sibs and I loved her soup. She made it at the beginning of every fall. It was her way of telling us summer was over, and autumn was starting. Mom also roasted pumpkin in olive oil and spices for a tasty side dish.”