This is quite a week on the calendar as we celebrate Halloween, welcome November, and turn the clocks back on Sunday. While the holiday season is gearing up, it’s easy to start feeling a mixture of excitement, wistfulness, and overwhelm all at the same time. I encourage you to remember to prioritize your wellbeing and make sure you’re giving yourself plenty of time to rest and recharge throughout this highly social season.
Food plays an integral role in festivities over the next few months, which is equally part of the joy and the stress of the season for many. There are still plenty of nutritious, local and seasonal options to take advantage of even as the colder temperatures settle in. Some of the most beloved and traditional flavors of the holidays come from right here in our New England backyard!
This week we join pumpkin mania as we look at the incredible benefits real pumpkin has to offer us, as well as the amazing antioxidant benefits cranberries have to offer. Both of these seasonal favorites are great for keeping up your energy and warding off colds. These two flavors also go great together in a variety of recipes!
Available September, October, and November in the Northeast.
WE LOVE PUMPKINS BECAUSE THEY ARE:
- Loaded with beta-carotene - Vitamin A - which helps keep skin and eyes healthy, supports the immune system and neutralizes free radicals.
- A great source of fiber and digestion support.
- High in immune boosting vitamin C.
- Rich in potassium, which is helpful with fluid & electrolyte balance.
- High in iron, calcium and protein.
Almost better than the pumpkin’s meat are the seeds (aka pepitas)! They are super high in iron, manganese and a number of other key minerals; they also contain large amounts of Vitamin K and protein. Remember, iron is necessary for cell production and growth, and circulating oxygen throughout the body. This is important for us and even more important for fertility.
You can feel very good about snacking away on pumpkin seeds and adding them to your favorite salads for an appetite controlling, nutrient dense, energizing crunch.
WAYS TO ENJOY PUMPKIN AND PUMPKIN SEEDS:
Tip: When it comes to cooking, the heavier the pumpkin the better. Avoid broken skin and black or mushy spots.