Pumpkins have a ton of surprising health benefits. Being rich in fibre, which slows digestion, they keep you feeling full longer. There’s 7 grams of fibre in 1 cup (250mL) of canned pumpkin. That’s more than what you get in two slices of whole-grain bread.
Suprisingly, although filling, pumpkin is a low-calorie fruit containing nearly 90 percent water, giving it fewer than 50 calories per serving. The pumpkin’s brilliant orange comes from a super-high supply of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in your body. This makes it a healthy food for your eyes. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people’s daily intake of vitamin A, helping your body fight infections and viruses.
For the power required in fighting off the flu and the common cold, give this Pumpkin Power smoothie a try and let me know what you think.
1 cup (250 mL) pure pumpkin puree
1 banana (fresh or frozen)
5 dates, pitted
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) plain almond milk
1/2 cup (124 mL) coconut milk
2 shakes ground cinnamon
2 shakes ground allspice
1 shake ground cloves
4 ice cubes (optional)
1/2 tsp (2 mL) raw hemp hearts, for garnish
Combine pumpkin puree, banana, dates, almond milk, coconut milk, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ice in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Taste, and adjust if additional sweetness is desired. Garnish with hemp hearts. Enjoy.
(Via Fresh Restaurants)