Tis the season for Pumpkins! Hoorah! I love pumpkin muffins, shakes, cakes, breads, and seeds! Don't you?
There is no reason to NOT celebrate the season of pumpkin because pumpkins are high in vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, and LOW in fat.
What do all those benefits mean? Pumpkin can be used as a weight loss aid because its' high fiber content keeps you full; It can be used as a post work out aid because it is high in potassium; and beta-carotene and vitamin C makes it a great anti-cancer aide and great for your skin!
What's not to love about that?
Not only does pumpkin have health benefits, but so do the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are high in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, vitamin K, phytosterols, L-tryptophan, zinc, vitamin E, B vitamins, Protein, is an anti-inflammatory and is used in some cultures as a treatment for parasites.
What do these benefits mean? Vitamin K is important in blood clotting, bone formation, calcification, is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and helps with brain function; Phytosterols reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels; L-tryptophan helps with sleep and depression; Zinc is a protector against osteoporosis; Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant; B vitamins support metabolism, maintain healthy skin, hair and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth and division and reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.
2 tablespoons small pieces cashewsraw
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pumpkin canned or fresh (baked)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 dashes ginger powder
2 dashes nutmeg powder
1 TBSP pure maple syrup or honey
2-3 TBSP vanilla protein powder (Optional...BUT, I like the taste better with the protein powder.)
6 ice cubes
Blend cashews, water, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, protein powder, and sweetener until smooth. Add the ice and blend again. Serves 1-2
Optional: Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 TBSP chia seeds.
I got this recipe from Health Coach Heather Casperson