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Pumpkin Pump Up

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Pumpkin — so delish you'd barely know you are "eating your vegetables!"

You may be surprised to hear that pumpkin is so packed with health benefits that it's included on many lists of "superfoods" that are chock-full of vitamins and nutrients. Just one cup of pumpkin has more potassium than a banana, loads of vitamin A, plus carotenes that are good for eyes. And pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid tryptophan (it's a mood-lifter) plus bone-booster magnesium. Pumpkin is also fiber-rich, filling and it has less than 50 calories/cup.

Plus, it's plenty delicious!

There's pumpkin pie, of course, but you can also bake pumpkin into a nutritious quick bread or muffins (good breakfast choice — use whole-wheat flour). You can roast pumpkin and serve with a bit of butter and salt — it tastes like squash — or you could make a dessert of it, again with a bit of butter, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg.

Canned pumpkin is available year-round but you can only buy fresh pumpkin in the autumn. Truth is, canned is just as healthy — but you know, it's lots of fun to cook up what you've scooped from your Halloween pumpkin! Look online for creative ways to cook and try roasting the seeds for a tasty snack or to toss into a salad.​​