Saturday, September 25, 2010

Healthy Fall Food: Pumpkin!

Pumpkin: A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A; fills you up on very few calories. Pumpkin is very high in carotenoids- which are really good at neutralizing free radicals. Also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals in the lens of the eye. Therefore, they may help prevent the formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Pumpkins have a lot of common nutrients, like iron, zinc, and fiber. Iron, of course, is needed by red blood cells. Zinc deficiency may be related to osteoporosis of the hip and spine in older men. And fiber is important for bowel health

How to eat:

  • Use it in your smoothies instead of milk, yogurt, tofu, etc.

  • Spread it on toast or bagels

  • Mix with a little butter, cinnamon and nutmeg, microwave and devour

  • Use it in your baking instead of oil or butter
Heres a favorite pumpkin smoothie recipe:

-1 scoop BSN Lean Dessert Fresh Cinnamon Roll (or vanilla)

-2ish TBS pumpkin puree (canned)
-iced espresso or iced coffee
-ice cubes
-water or skim milk
-2 packets Truvia or splenda
-cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice to taste

*Put all ingrediants in the magic bullet and blend it up-YUM!



  1. Thanks for reminding me about pumpkin. For some reason I never think of this vegetable. The only recipe I have ever used pumpkin for is muffins, so I'm going to check out other pumpkin recipes.

  2. sounds yummy! People always think of pumpkin this time of year...





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