Halloween from Dietitians Point of View

Get scary but with benefits.

So many events are coming and going and each event has its own uniqueness. From Eat-Healthy perspective, we snap and capture the food that’s related to the event but HEALTHY.

Today is Halloween and it’s famous with ….. For sure Pumpkin. Unfortunately, we only remember Pumpkin in this event.

Pumpkin is one of the most important symbols during Halloween. But have you ever think of its nutritious benefits? In fact, Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants and vitamins which play a role in fighting many diseases.

The mysterious health benefits of Pumpkin are linked to the presence of Beta carotene which gives the bright orange color. Beta carotene is converted by the body into a form of vitamin A.  Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that helps to kick out the free radicals and plays a role in cancer prevention. 1 cup of mashed Pumpkin provides you with more than 200 % of our daily recommended intake of vitamin A which play an important role in vision.

What if you are controlling you daily calorie intake? In fact, Pumpkin is low in calories. One cup of mashed Pumpkin contains 49 calories. As a result, it can be included in many main dishes. Also, it’s packed with fibers which give you a fullness sensation for a long period of time.

Do you know that Pumpkin seeds have many benefits?

Nuts and seeds, including those of Pumpkins are naturally rich of phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce the bad cholesterol “LDL”.

Moreover, Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan which is converted to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that enhances your mood and promotes the well-being of your brain.

HOW TO INCLUDE PUMPKIN IN YOUR DAILY MEALS?

Here are some Pumpkin based dishes that you can prepare in order to enjoy its health benefits:

  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Kebbeh

You can add Pumpkin seeds to your soups, stews, salads, cereals and yogurt. Also, you can have them as a snack. But limit your intake to 28 g of roasted Pumpkin seeds (28 g is equivalent to 85 seeds and it contains 126 calories).

And much more… And the beauty that Pumpkins can be easily cooked in different ways. Our advice to you, don’t miss any Halloween Invitation… Just Go Attend… Get Scary… But Eat Healthy!

 

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2 thoughts on “Halloween from Dietitians Point of View

    • November 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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      Thank You 🙂

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