Due to its high vitamin and mineral content, along with its low sugar and high fiber content, consuming pumpkin has been associated with numerous health benefits. Pumpkin's nutrients have helped boost immune, eye, skin, heart and metabolic health. Here are 5 ways to add pumpkin to your meals.
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The hummus is a wonderful dip for veggies and a fun appetizer before Thanksgiving dinner.
75% fiber foods – chickpeas, pumpkin, garlic, baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper slices
25% foods – tahini, olive oil
Recipe Note: Use just one tablespoon of oil and one tablespoon of tahini to keep the fat low in this recipe.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve the roasted pumpkin with Mexican-style Thanksgiving black beans and avocado dressing.
75% fiber foods – pumpkin, coriander leaves, avocado, black beans, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, green bell pepper
25% foods – coconut oil, dressing, pumpkin seeds
Recipe Note: Use olive oil instead of the coconut oil, since coconut oil is high in saturated fat.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Use this pumpkin soup as a first course to your Thanksgiving dinner.
75% fiber foods – pumpkin, onion, garlic, red lentils, fresh thyme, fresh parsley
25% foods – pumpkin seeds
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve your pumpkin tacos with a zesty greens salad.
75% fiber foods – pumpkin, corn, black beans, cilantro leaves, salsa, mixed spring greens
25% foods – olive oil, whole wheat/corn tortillas
Recipe Note: If you struggle controlling blood sugar levels, choose corn tortillas instead of wheat tortillas.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Top your overnight oats with fresh blueberries and banana for a cozy breakfast.
75% fiber foods – oats, pumpkin, blueberries, banana
25% foods – flax seed, maple syrup, unsweetened plant milk
Recipe Note: Fresh banana slices should make this sweet enough without needing maple syrup.