Pumpkins are a nutrient dense addition to your diet. These sweet yellow vegetables are rich in vitamins B6, C, E and Thiamin. They are excellent sources of dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. As a result of being rich in fiber, pumpkin can curb appetite and reduce hunger pangs. This goes a long way when you want to loose weight.
Did you know that a single cup of cooked pumpkin provides only 49 calories with grams grams are coming from fiber? Overall it is 94% water which helps to reach your daily recommended amount of water per day.
Improves Immune System Function
Having a healthy functioning immune system is key for our survival. Everything that we consume has both good and toxic elements that ultimately end up in our bodies. However, rest assure, our bodies were designed to fight off most of the toxic invaders. This is largely due to the intestines because they work to get rid of the toxins and absorb the beneficial nutrients from the food.
Our intestines function at their best when we eat lots fiber rich foods. Fiber is essential for good gastrointestinal and digestive health. Good gut bacteria helps the body to move toxins out while making it easy for our bodies to absorb the good vitamins and minerals from your food. The result is a healthier digestive system which can do its job fighting off toxic threats that enter our bodies daily.
Different Ways to Consume Pumpkins for Weight Loss
As you can imagine, being such a popular addition in cooking, there are lots of ways to prepare this little golden bit of deliciousness. If you are into juicing you can certainly create a calorie rich beverage to consume when you feel a little down. However, keep in mind that juicing will remove the fiber content from the vegetable. As a result such juices can cause more health problems because of the very high sugar content that remains.
Pumpkin soup would be an ideal way to consume the fiber content present in the vegetable. When you make the soup the recipe typically includes other vegetables, herbs and spices that ultimately increases nutrition content consumed. Cooking tip for picky eaters: pumpkins are even tastier with cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar added. This can help kids to consume the vegetable with ease.
For a quick snack you can munch on pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds provide lots of protein, fiber and healthy fats, not to mention an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
Try this quick recipe for a tasty pumpkin side dish that compliments any protein like fresh Mahi Mahi fish:
Curry Pumpkin Recipe
- 1 lb. of pumpkin
- 1 small onion, glove of garlic
- 3 green onions
- ½ red bell pepper
- 1 bird pepper
- 2 ½ tsp of curry powder
- ½ tsp turmeric and cumin
- 1 ½ chicken stock
- 2 tsps. cinnamon
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil
- Peel, seed and cut pumpkin into chunks. Cut the small onion into pieces and finely chop the garlic. Seed and slice the bell pepper and finely chop the bird pepper. Chop the green onions as well.
- In a pot add the avocado oil, onion, garlic, green onions, peppers and sauté until onions are tender.
- Next, add the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, thyme, cinnamon and brown sugar, mixing thoroughly. Allow to cook for a few minutes.
- Last add the stock, pumpkin, salt n pepper to pot and leave to cook until pumpkin is tender.
- Garnish with fresh thyme and serve while warm.