It’s the Pumpkin Season!

Nutritious Food Matters! There’s more to pumpkins than carved Jack-o'-lanterns.

Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pumpkin is an incredibly nutritious food. Here’s why you should incorporate more of this nutritious, versatile type of winter squash into your diet.

Nutritious Food Pumpkin

  1. Pumpkins help your body fight infections: They consist of beta carotene which is converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A has well-known benefits in boosting your immunity.
  2. Pumpkins can also support your eye health: Alongside beta carotene, pumpkins have Vitamin C and E, which prevents macular degeneration.  
  3. Pumpkins are instrumental in supporting your heart: Pumpkins have potassium, a nutrient that lowers blood pressure.
  4. Pumpkins boost your metabolic health: Metabolic health is how blood sugar is managed along with how fat is distributed in the body. Pumpkins have lots of fiber, which lowers blood sugar spikes. This can be beneficial after eating foods with carbs.
  5. Pumpkins are great for your skin: It contains vitamins C and E, which boost skin health. Beta carotene also prevents UV rays from skin damage.  (Source: Healthline)

There are several ways to enjoy pumpkins! Did you know you can make recipes like Pumpkin Smoothies, Yellow Chickpea Pumpkin Curry, or Honey Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad? Pumpkin seeds are also a great snack or addition to salads.

Click here for 38 healthy pumpkin recipes!

Nutritious food is key to our community’s wellbeing. Steady, consistent access to nutritious food increases food security and helps build more resiliency for adults and children. Second Harvest provides nutrient-dense food in convenient and dignified locations throughout the county so that we can set those in need up for success in school and at work.