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Why you should still keep your pumpkins 🎃

Now that Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is over and winter is rapidly creeping up on us ( at least here in Chicago!!) you might be sick of eating so much pumpkin everything. Pumpkin bagels, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin drinks, the list goes on…. But don’t fret pumpkin lovers! There’s plenty of reasons to stay obsessed.

Low calorie, high fiber: A cup of mashed pumpkin has about only 50 calories and 3 grams of fiber. You can also throw in some pumpkin seeds for an extra boost of fiber and protein! Fiber is important in helping you feel full and also to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Not to mention, fiber is important for a healthy heart- a diet high in fiber is a proven method to lower your risk for heart disease.

Antioxidants and Vitamins: Packed with vitamin A (more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake) and carotenoids , pumpkin boosts your vision and benefits skin, teeth, and bones. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Beta-Carotene and antioxidants that have been associated with fighting cancer as well as helping reduce bad cholesterol.

Better mood! Pumpkin seeds are rich in trytophan, the same antioxidant found in turkey responsible for making you sleepy after a big Thanksgiving feast. Trytophan also aids in the production of seerotonin- the chemical responsible for mood regulation.

High in potassium– pumpkins actually hold about 100 more mg of potassium than a banana does- you might want to rethink your post workout fuel!

I hope this is enough to convince you to keep visiting your local pumpking patch and cooking up some fun recipes, or if not, at least just keep drinking those pumpkin spice lattes.

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