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Healthy & Delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Healthy & Delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal

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

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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6:47AM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

This sounds good, will try it this fall

11:43AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

i love the colour too

8:03PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Looks delightful! I love pumpkin.

7:45PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

This is a recipe that I can easily live with.

8:08AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

yum

7:31AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing. I will try the recipe!

6:12AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Thanks so much, will give this a try.

4:31PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you for the delicious recipe!

8:20AM PDT on May 20, 2013

sounds yummy.

8:16AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Sounds yummy! Thanks! Maybe some fresh ginger would be a nice addition.

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