Chock Full of Nutrition, Pumpkins Are Not Just For Jack-O-Lanterns

Let’s talk orange, and not the candy corn in the candy isles this time of year, I’m talking about bright orange versatile pumpkin. Ok, I’ve had my share of the colorful sugary candy, but now I am opting for the vitamin rich delicious orange pumpkin. The beauty of pumpkin is the way it can dress up cookies, pancakes, smoothies, soups, and much more. The options are endless. I looked up a recipe my daughter shared with me for oat filled delicious Pumpkin Pie Bars. I knew pumpkin was rich in vitamins, but I didn’t realize how amazing that Jack-O-Lantern could be until I read the article, What Are the Health Benefits of Pumpkins?, from MedicalNewsToday

The hefty orange orb can be eaten as a fruit or vegetable to pump up the vitamins and fiber in a multitude of dishes. Sweet or pie pumpkin varieties are best when baking with fresh pumpkin. Fresh is best, but canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) can also enhance your recipes. Consider adding a pumpkin delight to your bag of halloween tricks this year.

After reading about the benefits of pumpkin, I bought some canned pumpkin, since I already had a fresh winter squash to cook and wanted something an easy addition to some of my favorite pumpkin treats like Pumpkin Pie Bars and Pumpkin Coconut Flour Pancakes (I either made the pancakes or plan to). Find pumpkin recipes at: Vegetable-Kids.com.

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