Celebrate the fall bounty by dressing up your morning bowl of oats with some pumpkin and tasty spices! This pumpkin oatmeal recipe is easy, filling, and 100 percent belly-warming!
Pumpkin is pretty much the quintessential fall vegetable, isn’t it? We’re carving those suckers for Jack-o-lanterns, baking them up into pies, and even cooking them into our soups. Not only do pumpkins just plain taste like fall, but pumpkin and other winter squash are extremely healthy.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin – like most winter squash – is low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in beta carotene. Pumpkin also contains a lesser-known carotenoid which might help prevent lung cancer.
The carotenoids in pumpkins protect your health in all sorts of ways, like:
- preventing certain types of cancer
- preventing premature aging
- preventing cardiovascular disease
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Getting enough dietary fiber also may help stave off cardiovascular disease, so pumpkin packs a double punch for heart health! Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin C and magnesium, which is great for your bones. In fact, your body needs these vitamins to better absorb calcium, so combining pumpkin with calcium-rich oats makes for a powerful bone-boosting breakfast.
Pumpkin’s anti-inflammatory properties benefit your joints, and it’s also been shown to stimulate kidney function. The L-tryptophan in pumpkin flesh even helps fight depression!
Those pumpkin seeds are little healthy dynamos, too. You can add a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds to the oatmeal recipe on the next page for even more healthy pumpkin power!
Ready to start your day with a little pumpkin boost? Get the pumpkin oatmeal recipe on the next page!
Image Credit: Pumpkin photo via Thinkstock
This pumpkin oatmeal recipe is a rich, delicious way to start your morning. The texture is almost like pudding, because the pumpkin makes this dish so rich. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 5 minutes; Yield: 1 serving
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree – you can use homemade or canned
- dash of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- Combine all of your ingredients except for the coconut milk in a small pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on medium low for 5 minutes.
- Transfer your oatmeal to a bowl, stir in the coconut milk, and serve!
Image Credit: photo by Becky Striepe
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