Getting on the bandwagon (hayride?): PUMPKIN.

Pumpkin. For some, just the word is literally enough to have you digging through your closet just to find cozy socks and scarves so you can wrap yourself up in lovely layers while you sip, eat, burn (candles of course), anything, and everything, pumpkin. I, for one, have not been the biggest fan of pumpkin in the past…not anything against it, but I was never consumed by the “pumpkin addiction” in the past; however this year has been different. Maybe it was the quick change (and then change again…) from warm to cooler temps, or maybe its the excitement of having (potentially my FIRST ever) trick-or-treaters knocking at our new door…all I know is I had pumpkin every day last week and I didn’t hate it.

Pumpkin

But, you know what? It turns out pumpkin actually has quite a few awesome health benefits. Just to name a few…

  • No pumpkin booty here. Pumpkin is actually very low in calories; coming in at about 49 calories per cup. Also, that same cup of pumpkin contains about 3 grams of fiber which is super helpful to keep you feeling fuller longer.
  • Pump up the nutrients. Pumpkin contains many antioxidants; including vitamin-A, vitamin-C, and vitamin-E.
    • Matter of fact, 1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily vitamin-A intake. Vitamin-A is essential for vision protection.
    • Vitamin-C, most commonly credited with helping the body avoid colds, also aides your system in the breakdown of free-radicals.
    • Vitamin-E has a whole slew of health benefits, but is essential for aiding the body in preventing fatty build up in the body that may cause heart attack, and high blood pressure.
    • Pumpkins also contain beta-carotene which according to the National Cancer Institute may “play a role in cancer prevention.” Other great sources, include sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and carrots.
  • Protect your shell. Those same nutrients that could help your body to evade cancer can also help to keep your skin wrinkle free!
  • Keep your candle burning. Pumpkin contains 564 milligrams of potassium which shatters a banana’s 422 milligrams. Potassium is essential for aiding your body to restore electrolytes after a heavy workout.

So, I say bring it on! Last week I mayyy or may have gone nuts, but I don’t curr. Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do…and for this week, it was eat pumpkin. Last week I made…

  1. Pumpkin oatmeal (whoops, no picture! :-) )
  2. Pumpkin piePumpkin pie slice
  3. Probably the easiest, and maybe even my favorite…Vanilla yogurt with pumpkin and walnutsPumpkin Yogurt
  4. Pumpkin mug cakePumpkin pie mug cake
  5. Pumpkin smoothiesPumpkin smoothies

I decided to whip up a batch of pumpkin smoothies that was inspired by this recipe by The Stay at Home Chef for this week. I made 4 with this recipe! I froze 2 and left 2 in the fridge!

Pumpkin Smoothies

Makes 4 pint-sized smoothies

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
4 cups almond milk
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 frozen bananas

1. Add all to blender, blend until smooth!

I can’t believe we’re already talking about pumpkins! Hope you enjoy it! Happy Tuesday!!

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Hey! I'm Colleen and I'm a healthy lifestyle blogger living in Philadelphia, PA. Join me on this adventure to lead a healthier lifestyle including clean eating and fitness, all while enjoying the real world!

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