Food of the week - PUMPKIN

  • Pumpkin seeds pack about 1.7 grams of dietary fibre per ounce, while mashed pumpkin has only 50 calories per cup and 3 grams of fibre (Fibre helps keep you fuller longer, which keeps your appetite at bay so you eat less overall).

  • A cup of cubed pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, especially in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • Potassium is an essential mineral we need to keep our heart and muscles working at their optimal levels. One cup of pumpkin delivers around 550 mg of potassium, making it one of the highest sources amongst fruit and vegetables.

  • Pumpkin seeds are high in protein and plant based fatty acids, which help regulate cholesterol levels, protect against arthritis, promote healthy skin, and improve brain function.

  • Pumpkin seeds are flat and green, and they have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. They are an excellent addition to cereals, salads and cookie recipes, and they are a perfect afternoon snack. Pumpkin flesh can be used in soups, curries, chutneys, stews, casseroles.

From £1-3.00 in most leading supermarkets)

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