Buried beneath the overindulgence of your fave PSL, the benefits of pumpkin are just waiting to surprise you.
Pumpkin is really good for you, but traditional pumpkin spice seasoning is anything but. At least the one that you find in most stores and supermarkets.
Don't even get us started on those sugary lattes. While it's nice to indulge every once in a while, we have some guilt-free tips for enjoying your favorite pumpkin treats and get the benefits of pumpkin (and pumpkin spice) in a healthy and delicious way.
Pumpkin is a highly nutritious fruit, full of Vitamin A, antioxidants and more.
Learn how to make your pumpkin spice treats healthier with a homemade version of pumpkin spice, plus other tips to keep the flavor and add nutrients.
Pumpkins are usually considered vegetables, but they’re actually fruits because they have seeds. They're part of the squash family and very nutrient-dense. They do more than decorating the lawn on Halloween; according to the USDA a cup of cooked pumpkin has only 49 calories (when boiled) and:
Despite being sweet in flavor, the sugar content is low and the carbs are only 4% of the RDI. Meanwhile, it’s got 11% the Recommended Daily Intake value for fiber and 245% Vitamin A.
Good for skin and overall health, the high Vitamin C and Vitamin A content per cup, makes slow aging one of the most beloved benefits of pumpkin.
The same Vitamin A and C help create, nourish, and multiple white blood cells that neutralize infections. If you want to strengthen immune system responses, give pumpkin a try!
Research indicates that potassium may be as important as lowering salt intake to prevent heart conditions, pumpkin has plenty at 16% per cup. Additionally, fiber, Vitamin C, and the antioxidant power that keeps LDL (bad) cholesterol from oxidizing contribute to healthy blood pressure levels.
A mix of antioxidants and beta-carotene keep your skin radiating a healthy glow. Antioxidants regenerate skin and protect cells from decay, while beta-carotenes help you process Vitamin A and prevent sun damage. Furthermore, Vitamin C helps your body create collagen. If you’re curious, follow up learning about what is collagen and how it helps you Glow.
One of our favorite benefits of pumpkin is that they’re over 90% water, meaning and only 49 calories per cooked cup. This means you can eat more of it than potatoes or rice, yet still stay in a caloric deficit.
Some studies show that beta-carotene could suppress prostate cancer, lower risk of breast cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and more. In addition to the heavy antioxidant content that neutralizes the free radicals created by cancer cells.
Beyond the benefits of pumpkin fruit itself, the seeds are also very healthy. Full of healthy fats, protein (7 grams per ounce,) potassium, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin K (18% of the RDI per Oz), iron Vitamin B2, folate, and more.
Among the benefits of pumpkin seed protein, you’ll find that it is Non-Allergic for those sensitive to soy, and one of the reasons it’s part of our Complete Protein. They’re full of iron, zinc, and have the power to skew the body’s pH alkaline.
Yes, it is! But only when it is made naturally and the nutritional values of the original ingredients are preserved; it combines the benefits of pumpkin with the health benefits of each spice.
Pumpkin spice is a mix of pumpkin puree with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
You’d think with so many reasons to eat pumpkin and snack on pumpkin seeds, the benefits of pumpkin spice would be widely available. However, that is not always the case because some commercial preparations are bleached, chemically altered, or do not have all the ingredients. Most of the sweet treats, lattes, and meals boasting pumpkin spice flavor, are devoid of nutrition.
To the delicious and wholesome pumpkin puree add:
Get all those good benefits of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, without the weight-gain and sugar spikes.
An excellent general piece of advice is to learn to read the labels, you only want to believe what’s in the table of nutrients, and the order of the ingredients. Even fitness drinks are not as healthy as you might think; they may be loaded with multiple types of sugars, colorants, and unnecessary chemicals. You get a boost of energy, but also a mighty crash.
Yes the Starbucks PSL can be delicious, but it’s also a heavy mix of sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin puree, a mix of unnamed fruits and vegetables for color, the annatto food dye, salt, and potassium sorbate (food preservative.) That’s not the healthy combination of inflammation-fighting ingredients that give you the benefits of pumpkin spice.
Try replacing your PSL base with a more nutritious option.
You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry, this DIY recipe by the Food Network gives you the benefits of pumpkin spice, without any of the heartache. Pro Tip: you can put it in a ziplock bag and carry it in your bag.
Can’t read the ingredients label? Ask your server about the approximate calories of your chosen treat, if it’s a drink with more than 20 to 50 calories - skip it! It’s probably a sugar fest.
Find an alternative to your favorite treats with a healthier base, for example:
Identify the types of sugar included in your pumpkin spice treat and focus on the concentration of the healthy ingredients. If you can see that there are two or more “ose” (dextrose, sucralose, etc.) in addition to refined sugar, sugar cane juice, or similar - skip that treat!
Get creative in the kitchen and satisfy the craving with this nutritious alternatives:
Focusing on the nutrients listed, sugar content, and calorie count will keep you safe from those unhealthy traps hiding behind tasty fall treats. The health benefits of pumpkin spice may be reaped with regular consumption.
We recommend having it in a low-calorie, low-sugar beverage like tea, to allow the spices and pumpkin puree to enter the blood flow with little competition.
Organifi’s Pumpkin Spice drink is the perfect fall companion; full of antioxidants, and powerful superfoods, so you can rest and boost digestion with all the flavor and none of the guilt.
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