Pumpkin party! Healthy ways to use fall’s vitamin-packed superfood

Pumpkin season is fast coming to an end! Here are some ways to indulge in the superfood without the added sugar and fat.

By Heather Bauer, RD, CDN for HuffingtonPost.com

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed pumpkin products are popping up everywhere. One thing is for sure: I’m loving the trend! Act fast—pumpkin is only in season from September through November, so start stocking your pantry now.

Why Pumpkin? Its orange color represents more than just a Halloween theme; it also indicates pumpkins are high in beta-carotene, which is correlated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Besides tasting great, pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals and fiber. What does this mean? This superfood keeps your eyesight sharp, boosts your immune system, keeps you feeling full, and contains more energy-boosting potassium than a banana!

Be warned: Not all pumpkin products are created equal. Pumpkin breads, pies, and spiced drinks may look healthy and taste great, but they are filled with sugar and saturated fat. Don’t worry; there are plenty of ways to get your pumpkin fix without wreaking havoc on your waistline.

Keep reading for pumpkin butter, seeds, and other creative ways to use the potassium-filled fall superfood… 

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