Pumpkins: More Than Just Fall Decorations
by Carolyn Burris
Fall brings an abundance of gourds and flavorful crop. Pumpkin is one of the many colorful vegetables that is plentiful this time of year. Not only is pumpkin a good source of fiber, but the color is a great indication that it is rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in the body. This important vitamin has many functions including reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.
The flesh is not the only part you can eat and receive health benefits. Don’t forget about the seeds. The many minerals in pumpkin seeds contain agents that fight against aging, osteoporosis and prostate cancer. This recipe has quickly become one of the favorites in my house! It is extremely filling and offers up lots of vitamins and minerals. Try it for breakfast!
Pumpkin Flax Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/3 cup 1-2 % milk
- 6-8 oz plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
- 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar or Raw Honey
- 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 4 Tbsp Ground Flax seed- optional
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground Ginger
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Carolyn Burris, an east Tennessee native, earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Community and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passion for helping those with nutritional needs brought her to Forum Health Knoxville. Carolyn particularly loves encouraging those struggling with food intolerance, obesity, fibromyalgia, and fatigue.