- Wanna give those eyes a boost? Mashed cooked pumpkin has more than a whopping 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. And if that weren’t enough, the carotenoids in pumpkin offer additional protection for your peepers.
- Ready to increase your fiber intake and feel fuller longer? Yup, you guessed it. Pumpkin.
- There is evidence that beta-carotene, which our lovely pumpkin contains, may play a role in cancer prevention.
- Interested in keeping wrinkles at bay? The carotenoids in pumpkin come into play here as well.
A Great Gluten Free Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
When I went gluten free, it was the beginning of a journey that started with gluten free, added dairy free a year later, and morphed eventually into mostly plant-based. Not 100% vegan – probably 80/20. I’m so much happier and healthier than I used to be, almost 9 years since this all started. Back then, before my Celiac diagnosis, I always followed the “divide your plate into three parts” philosphy. And the protein (meat, chicken, sometimes fish) was always way bigger than the other two sections. Little did I know what was coming down the pike. Now, it’s the polar opposite. I’m mostly about vegetables and fruits and grains and beans and seeds, and I have to make room on my plate if there’s meat on the menu. Take breakfast for example. Where before I would’ve had a couple of eggs and a few slices of bacon and a bagel, now I have hot cereal (like THIS recipe for Hearty Four Grain Gluten Free Hot Cereal) or an apple with homemade granola and almond milk or I’ll make a smoothie packed with all kinds of powerful nutrients. This morning, my breakfast consisted of a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. It rocked my morning. I’m in love with this smoothie and can’t wait to have it again tomorrow:). I have to put on my health coach hat and get kind of geeky about the nutritional goodness of pumpkin. Indulge me for a moment, please and thank you:).