If liking pumpkin flavored things and enjoying pumpkin all year long makes me “basic” then so be it. When pumpkin went viral back in 2003 with the creation of the PSL from Starbucks, I couldn’t have been happier. I look forward to this time of year because I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and a whole lot of other fall inspired foods. Plus, who doesn’t love Halloween and Thanksgiving? Then came the word “basic” and I couldn’t believe it. Who started this fad anyway? Someone who obviously doesn’t like pumpkin. Well, I’m here to tell you that pumpkin is anything but basic. Everything pumpkin is basic-ally amazing!
First, let’s start with how versatile pumpkin really is. You can make main dishes, side dishes, desserts, smoothies, PSL’s, and a whole ton of other things with it. Let’s take a look at some favorite pumpkin eats and treats!
Here’s a Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie if you’re looking for the perfect balance of flavor and staying on the lighter side.
Guess what else? You can decorate your house with pumpkins and also carve them into Jack-O-Lanterns! None of that is basic in my book. If all of these things haven’t made you rethink the basic-ness of pumpkin then let me dive into all the health benefits they contain.
I don’t want to bore you so I’m just going to touch on some key health benefits but there are a ton more.
Let’s start with the basics. Haha…get it? BASICS. OK, moving on…Pumpkin has a ton of vitamins and minerals and is a nutritional powerhouse. Not only is it nutrient dense but it is also a low calorie food. Pumpkin is packed full of potassium, contains powerful anti-oxidants, and is high in fiber. Pumpkin has Beta-Carotene which is what gives pumpkin it’s beautiful orange color. Beta-Carotene is known for reducing the risk of certain types of cancer, protection against heart disease, and delaying body degeneration. Consuming pumpkin is good for your heart as it aids in regulating blood pressure and helps combat hypertension. Pumpkin seeds and pulp are great ways to help the body absorb glucose into tissues and intestines, which aids in controlling diabetes.
High in Fiber
Fiber is probably the least of my worries since my diet is rich in fruits and vegetables but if you’re someone who has trouble meeting their fiber intake, then pumpkin is a great source for you to get it from. Fiber is important as it promotes regular bowel movements and slows the rate of sugar absorption into the blood. The recommended daily fiber intake is somewhere between 25 to 30 grams. Each serving of cooked pumpkin has 7 grams worth of fiber!
Pumpkin is also a great source of vitamin C, which is great for your immune system. Vitamin C is great for strengthening your bodies natural defenses, combating high blood pressure, and aids in absorption of Iron. If you’re drinking orange juice to get your vitamin C, you may want to consider switching it up a little as fruit juice is usually high in sugar.
All in all, pumpkin is anything but basic. So, tell me, what’s your favorite pumpkin inspired food or dessert?
Here are some other pumpkin inspired favorites. Let me know what you think!