Fit Food: The Benefits of Pumpkin

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Fit Food: The Benefits of Pumpkin

When it comes to fall's power foods, antioxidant-rich pumpkin is tops. Here, some easy recipes for roasting, mashing, and snacking.

If pumpkin automatically brings to mind your mom’s decadent pumpkin pie recipe—in all its sugary, buttery-crusted, waistline-expanding glory—let’s erase that Thanksgiving feast thinking.

Because pumpkin is actually a versatile, nutrient-packed power food that should definitely be a key player for you during the fall season. And here’s why:

  • That shocking neon-orange flesh translates to serious antioxidant content—beta-carotene to be exact (read: the heart-disease fighters that keep you looking and feeling your best).
     
  • One cup of cooked pumpkin comes in at a mere 50 calories and about 3 grams of fiber—which will keep you sufficiently satisfied and energized.
     
  • The seeds are worth your while, too. Particularly high in protein (9 grams per 1 ounce serving), they also contain lutein, an antioxidant that aids vision, and a dose of phytosterols, which help keep LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels low.

Convinced? Here are a few ways to work pumpkin into your diet.

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