Pumpkin Power- The Neglected Superfood (deliscious recipes to help you enjoy it more often)

Conjure up a vision of pumpkin, and you will likely envision whipped cream covered pies accenting a holiday feast. But holidays aren't the only time pumpkin should be a staple in our kitchen pantry. Pumpkin is a serious contender in the Super Foods arena.


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Conjure up a vision of pumpkin, and you will likely envision whipped cream covered pies accenting a holiday feast. But holidays aren't the only time that pumpkins should be a staple in our kitchen pantry. Pumpkin is a serious contender the arena of Super-foods.


According to Dr. Steven Pratt authored Super Foods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life. He esteems pumpkin as one of the most nutritionally dense foods known to man. Best of all it is inexpensive, available year-round in canned form and is effortless to add to your current recipes. Plus, it is high in fiber, low in calories, and hosts an array of nutrients to fight disease.


Pumpkins pack a powerful, nutrient-rich punch!


1. Pumpkins are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This means they improve joint health, feed organs, help reduce stress and assist the healing of soft tissue injuries.


2. High in Vitamin A, they help guard against cataracts and degenerating eyesight.


3. Loaded with Vitamin C which strengthens our immune system while increasing collagen production. Collagen is an essential amino acid and improves skin elasticity.


4. Dense in fiber, it helps flush out toxins and keeps the "pipes" functioning smoothly.


5. Provides carotenoids that slow down the aging process and prevent cardiovascular disease.


6. Pumpkin seeds are not without benefit either. A delicious, crunchy snack they are high in protein and healthy, plant-based, fatty acids that maintain healthy cholesterol levels, fight against arthritis and assist brain function.


7. Both the pulp and seeds are a good source of magnesium which is required for the health of our bones and teeth.


8. Teaming with potassium and zinc to help offset cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Zinc provides a significant boost to the immune system, healthy skin, and fertility.


9. Last, but not least, L tryptophan is an amino acid that boosts feelings of well being, helps promote restuufl sleep, and aids in uplifting depressive moods.


Author Dr. Pratt, mentions many other diseases fighting superfoods in his book but pumpkin has another advantage. It is readily available all year-round on your grocer's shelf.


Now that you're informed you can begin enjoying the health benefits with the following recipes. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Pancakes


2-1/2 cups flour

1 cup of buttermilk

1 tsp. salt

2-1/4 tsp. soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup of pumpkin


Sift the flour into a bowl, Next add salt, soda, and baking powder. Stir in buttermilk and add pumpkin, mixing well, until mixture is smooth. Pour batter onto an oiled griddle and cook until browned on both sides.


Pumpkin Spice Muffin


1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup milk

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl beat butter together with the brown sugar. Next, beat in the eggs until smooth, then add pumpkin and milk to the mixture.

Next, combine flour, baking powder, spices, salt, and baking soda together in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle into the creamed mixture and stir to mix well. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Pumpkin Muffins

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