Beyond Pie: Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Put those pumpkin picking skills to good use.

We all know someone who counts down the days to pumpkin spice season. And while lattes, pies and pancakes are hallmarks of autumn there are so many other healthier ways to enjoy this signature fall flavor.

Breaking down the benefits
Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins that are an essential part of a healthy diet. They’re packed with nearly 20% of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, making them a delicious way to fight cold season. Beta-carotene gets converted into vitamin A in the body, which is an essential vitamin for eye and skin health. Pumpkins are also a fantastic source of fiber. Fiber slows the rate of sugar absorption into the blood and, with 3 grams in 1 cup of cooked fresh pumpkin, adding a serving to your daily diet can help supplement the fiber shortage in the average American diet.

Save the seeds
Try this roasted pumpkin seed recipe and spice up your average afternoon snack.

Serve up some soup
Creamy, spicy pumpkin soup will give you all the warm and fuzzies this fall.

It’s time for cookies
These spiced pumpkin cookies pack all the flavor you love into a delicious, low carb dessert.

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Pumpkin seeds

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