It’s Friday!!! :-) I’m super especially happy on this particular Friday because I have a full, but fun weekend planned, and I have Monday and Tuesday off. Yay!!!
So, since its been quite some time since I did a Power Foods Fridays and since, after all, it’s pumpkin season, I think this would be the perfect time to talk about pumpkins. Agreed!?! If it’s got anything to do with pumpkin, I’m all over it – pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin soup. I could literally eat pumpkin related foods all day, everyday. I know many of you feel the same way! Aside from eating pumpkins, there’s something about them that I just love. I love displaying them during the fall season and I love the fact that each and everyone is unique – no two are ever the same. Plus they’re so versatile - you can eat the meat, you can eat the seeds, you can carve them and you can display for decoration. I literally love everything about them! Growing up, my dad always grew pumpkins (he still grows them today). Sometimes he would have tons and tons of them and other years they didn’t do as well or the pesky deer ate them. The pictures below are all pumpkins from my dad’s garden.
Well surprise, surprise pumpkins are really healthy for you, which makes me even happier since I eat pumpkin like nobody’s business during the fall season. Oh and before I get to the health benefits, one of my favorite things to do with pumpkins; although a bit time consuming, is to roast them in the oven, peel the skin off and purée the meat (I may see a future post coming ;-)). Fresh pumpkin purée is SO amazing and it makes the most delicious pumpkin pie ever! Anyway, on to the health benefits…
Have you ever tried making fresh pumpkin purée?
What are your weekend plans?
Reference: 8 Health Benefits of Pumpkins