The Poor Pumpkin

The poor pumpkin is not even considered a vegetable that could come on the table as preparation in any of our houses but knowing its benefits, we will change the way we think.

Yesterday I put pumpkin soup on the table, and everyone rolled their eyes, “Really???, You want us to have that !” Nutrition for most people comes from pills, downing a multivitamin, or an addon of pre and post-workout powdered to be mixed in water. Reality is we can eat with taste, food that is good for our health. I sincerely believe this and make sure that this is the healthy lifestyle that I adhere to.

The poor pumpkin is one such veggie that is actually richer being actually packed with it all. Slightly sweet in taste, it has enough pulp to be made into a rich consistency though it is termed as a water-based veggie. Eaten can be roasted, panfried or boiled. As a puree, it helps to add thickness to many dishes. It can also be used to marinate chicken and meat so as to tender cook them.

Rich in the B complex vitamins like B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (folate), B1 (Thiamine), B5 (pantothenic acid), it is an essential go-to for the functioning of every cell in our body. We need it to provide energy, for digestion and for the functioning of the nervous system.  It has minerals like potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. These are the minerals that help combat muscle weakness and spasms. Pumpkin also has betacarotene (Vit A), insulin regulators (zinc) and collagen producers (copper). It is low in calories and has a low glycemic load, making it ideal for the consumption of weight -watchers.

The Pumpkin seeds are high on fibre and omega 6, making it a nutritious supplement for diabetics and high cholesterol patients. Pumpkin seeds also have a good amount of calcium, iron and magnesium which is beneficial to combat osteoporosis and bone density problems.

Let’s not forget it was the pumpkin after all that carried the princess to her prince. Encasing all its attributes, this is one veggie that if included in our daily foods will increase healthy longevity. So slurp down that bright orange soup that promises to add zest and colour to your life.

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