Fall (more) in Love with Pumpkin

Fall (more) in Love with Pumpkin

Besides being a delicious flavor for lattes, pies, and breads, pumpkin itself actually holds many healthy nutritional properties. Pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, that converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is beneficial for your eye health, skin, and brain function. Consuming the recommended amount of Vitamin A may also aid in the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. Pumpkin is also packed with Vitamin C, which strengthens your immune system. A serving of pumpkin contains about 20% of the suggested daily amount of Vitamin C.  For those looking to control caloric intake and lose a few pounds, pumpkin is low in calories and a good source of fiber, which will help you feel full longer.  If you exercise regularly, you may want to consider pumpkin as a post workout snack; pumpkin contains a high amount of potassium, which is great for refueling the body. To get you started on enjoying the benefits of pumpkin, we found a great healthy pumpkin bread recipe for you to try! Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread (Source:  Dr. Axe)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • Pumpkin Bread1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3-4 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  2. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in another bowl
  4. Mix both bowls together until well incorporated
  5. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes.
   

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