The Power of Pumpkin

Halloween is quickly approaching and we have chosen to focus on the nutritional health of pumpkin, a versatile fruit that provides a lot of bang for your buck.  We already know that carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds can be a fun evening.  But did you know that eating pumpkin is also a very healthy choice with a lot of benefits?

First, let’s review roasting pumpkin seeds… rinse them off, sprinkle a little salt or other spices you enjoy, and stick them in the oven for a protein-packed snack!  Pumpkin seeds are an excellent vegan option as a protein source, boasting 12g of protein per 1 cup serving.  Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and bake the seeds for around 45 minutes… enjoy!

Now for the fruit of the pumpkin, often prepared into a puree.  Its orange color is a result of the high amount of beta carotene, providing support to your vision and eye health.  There are also additional antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, that provide support to the immune system.  Its high fiber, low sugar content makes pumpkin a great option for Diabetics and those trying to manage their blood sugar levels appropriately.

Standard Process has caught onto the benefits of pumpkin and utilize pumpkin seed protein in their popular Vegan protein powder mix, Veg-E Complete Pro, and in their new SP Detox Balance Program.

So even after the autumn holidays have come and gone, consider pumpkin as a frequent part of your menu!  Here’s a great recipe that incorporates pumpkin and doTERRA On Guard:

Ingredients
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
2–3 drops doTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend
1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If desired, add some whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Tip: For a vegan recipe, replace the milk and yogurt with one can of coconut milk.