Halloween is the season of superheroes and supervillains, but did you
also know that it has its own superfood? I’m talking about good old
first name: Jack, last name O’Lantern and the amazing health benefits
that he has for your body.
It might be easier to talk about the ways in which eating pumpkin is not good for you – but honestly, we can’t think of any. It seems like there’s nothing this little squash can’t do.
Among its awe-inspiring superpowers:
If pumpkin is a superfood, then pumpkin seeds are its equally awesome sidekick.
If you’re having trouble finding ways to work more
pumpkin into your diet, try snacking on pumpkin seeds or mixing canned
pumpkin into chili, pasta and soups. You might also enjoy starting the
day with these delicious pumpkin chip muffins:
1 2/3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. baking soda
¼ t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
2 large eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin
1 stick butter, melted
1 pkg toffee or brickle mini chips
mini-muffin tins and preheat oven to 350°. Mix dry inredients in a
large bowl. Mix eggs separately, then add to them the melted butter and
pumpkin. Whisk well until blended and fold into dry ingredients. Mix
until just moist. Stir in mini chips and pour batter into muffin tins.
Bake for about 10 minutes.
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