Cinderella Eat Your Heart Out
We’re heading into autumn and that means more earthy veges, perfect to warm you up as the weather starts to get a bit chillier. We’re dreaming of pumpkin every way this week, roasted, in a soup - the list goes on.
There are many reasons to love pumpkin. For one, they are delicious and versatile. For two, they are nutrient dense and a great source of fibre.
Pumpkin is extremely high in beta-carotene, which gives pumpkins (and carrots) their orange colour. This is a carotenoid that converts to vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy eyesight. Studies have shown that it is common for your eyesight to diminish with age but eating the right nutrients can help lower the risk of sight loss. So, it’s not only important to eat your green veges but your orange veges too!
It’s also an immunity booster. The beta-carotene, along with vitamin C and E in pumpkins helps maintain a strong immune system and fight off infections.
Pumpkins are usually relatively cheap to buy at your local vege store or supermarket. They are also super easy to grow in most conditions! So if you have a vege garden at home why not give it a go. You’re getting your money’s worth with every part of the pumpkin able to be eaten, the flesh, the skin and even the seeds.
Did you know that pumpkins are technically considered a fruit? Because of the fact they contain seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain a range of nutrients and, like nuts, are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. So next time you’re cooking your pumpkin skip scooping out the seeds and incorporate them as well!