You may think cooking with pumpkins is a laborious task that will take you forever- you have to peel and boil and season – is it really worth the effort? The short answer is yes. Pumpkins are not only filled with nutrients needed for our bodies, but they are also so very tasty!
The pumpkin is a truly humble yet incredibly useful vegetable. Not only can you compost the skin once you have peeled it, but you can also use it as a serving dish to present your delicious squash. There are also numerous health benefits to eating pumpkin AND pumpkin seeds. Versatile and good for you, there is no downside to incorporating squash into your diet.
You will benefit from loads of healthy fats, protein, zinc, magnesium and many more vitamins when you eat pumpkin seeds. You can have them raw, roasted or seasoned, in a smoothie or on their own. The options are endless. They are high in antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation. They have also been linked to lessening the risk of certain cancers, such as breast and prostate. Pumpkin seeds also are high in fibre, too, and have been known to reduce blood sugar levels. Not to mention, they are a treat to eat!
The benefits of pumpkin seeds are wide and varied, as are the many ways you can eat them. They have no real taste to speak of, which means you can choose how you use them for their benefits. One thing is certain though – pumpkins are nutritious and delicious for the whole family. So don’t be afraid to experiment with them when it comes to cooking.