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7 Halloween Superfoods

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Pumpkins—While pumpkins make gorgeous jack-o-lanterns, you can also enjoy these delicious vegetables as an affordable and nutritious addition to your diet.  They are packed with beta-carotene which is the phytonutrient that gives them their gorgeous orange color and helps ensure healthy skin and a strong immune system.  Discover 14 Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin in Your Diet and 9 Reasons to Love (and Eat!) Pumpkin. Small pumpkins are easy to cook in a slow cooker with a bit of water or cut and roast them in an oven.

Garlic—Not only does garlic keep the vampires away, it keeps many other undesirables at bay, including: bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even cancer. Over 1000 studies reveal garlic’s ability to ward off microbes and fight cancer.  The National Cancer Institute is even investigating this herb’s great anti-cancer properties. Roast garlic in some olive oil in a small covered dish in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. Then spread on bread or crackers in place of butter. Puree roasted garlic in your favorite salad dressing for an extra flavor and nutrition boost. Add freshly chopped garlic to soups, stews, salad dressings, and more.

See: 16 Garlic-Heavy Recipes

Beets—Keep your blood strong by eating more beets, just in case you find yourself running from werewolves, vampires, or any other unworldly creatures.  Research even shows that beets help muscles stay strong longer than without them, and aid in muscle recovery.  That’s definitely important if you’re being chased by these unsavory creatures. The phytonutrients that cause beets to stain your hands and lips the color of blood is also a potent cancer fighter. They can be eaten raw (grated), steamed, or boiled (although most of the nutrients are lost in the cooking water), or added to soups and stews.

Pumpkin Seeds—When carving jack-o-lanterns, be sure to save the seeds since they are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids that build strong immunity, and enhance your skin and hair’s natural beauty.  They are a good source of protein which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels should you have overindulged in Halloween candy.  They also help with weight loss if you really overdid it this season.  High in the amino acid tryptophan, which converts into sleep-inducing melatonin, snack on pumpkin seeds to ensure you enjoy a great night’s sleep after all the Halloween festivities are over.

Try it out: Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Happy Halloween!


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2:02PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

lovely read, some of these I really love, but the texture on the others is a turn off. Thanks for sharing :)

2:54PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Nice post. Thank you for sharing.

2:07PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013


12:03PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Love the black rice even if they do look like mice droppings.

10:26AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Thank you for sharing

1:45AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Thank you :)

1:09PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013


9:14AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Pumpkin can also be added to a lot of dishes but it's wonderful as a soup. You can serve it in the shell for a dramatic and fun way to decorate the table with an edible. (Just don't carve it first!)

1:20AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013


1:12AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

thanks :)

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