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!
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