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Friday, May 7, 2010


Pumpkin is one of my favorite ingredients because it is so versatile. Please don't wait until fall to cook this delicious food.  Find new ways to use it in recipes throughout the entire year, and not just for Pumpkin Pie. 

Plain old canned pumpkin is absolutely loaded with fiber and 1 cup has a mere 49 calories. Dozens of studies confirm that high fiber intake is associated with a host of health benefits. Pumpkin is also the easiest food in the world to prepare. You can sweeten it with Sugar or Splenda, sprinkle it with blood-sugar-lowering cinnamon and nutmeg for good measure, throw in some healthy almonds and make it one of the best tasting weight-loss treats around. It's filling and delicious.

The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protection against heart disease as well as some degenerative aspects of aging. Try these delicious Pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins, Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup, and Pumpkin Spice Cake.

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