Happy September! Know what that means? Fall. Know what fall means? Pumpkins!When pumpkin stuff comes out, well, I’m happier than this camel on Wednesday.
These days fall is basically synonymous with pumpkin flavored goodies (thank you, Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte, for that). There’s pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins… one New York Times writer has even argued that pumpkin is the new bacon. (Don’t worry, he doesn’t argue that pumpkin is better than bacon.)
Pumpkins are fun to carve or paint and delicious to eat, but pumpkins and their seeds also offer some health benefits. Namely, pumpkins are
- High in key vitamins like vitamin A, C, and B complex
- Low in calories and fat but high in fiber and antioxidants
- Rich in minerals the body needs like copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous
- Seeds are a good source of heart healthy fats
- Seeds are sources of zinc (important for wound healing and immune system strength) and iron.
Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Share it! Mine is below.
Paleo Pumpkin Soup
So good it was almost gone before I remembered to take a picture!
1 TB coconut oil
3/4 yellow onion
1 sweet potato
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp minced garlic (not garlic powder)
1/2 tsp minced onion (not onion powder)
1/4 cup coconut milk
Heat frying pan to medium heat. Add coconut oil and saute onion until soft. Add sweet potato and cook about 5 minutes, turning regularly. Add pumpkin, chicken broth, and spices. Simmer for 20 minutes or until sweet potato is cooked. Add coconut milk and stir. Serve and enjoy!