Is Pumpkin Healthy?

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Is it Healthy to Eat Pumpkins?

By: Carol Giambri

It's the season that are pumpkins are showing up in supermarkets, health food stores and at farmer's markets.  Halloween is almost here.  My camera is busy admiring all the different kinds and colors.  I know here in Colorado we don't have pumpkins around all year round so people buy or grow for those special times. 

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Lots of pumpkins

Dressing up…

Here in USA Halloween is coming close.  The big and small kids are dressing up and disguising themselves by dressing up in unique clothing. Some are bought, others are made but many bargains are hiding on the thrift store racks waiting for buyers. I am not one to dress up but I leave it to the cowboys, princesses, kinds, firemen, policemen, rabbits, goats and other costumes come out on this one day a year.  There may be parties before but this is the special day.

Are pumpkins healthy?

  1. Pumpkins have skin rejuvenating properties for anti aging.  Being high in Beta carotene, as an anti oxidant it is said to protect against heart disease, cancer as well as preventing eyes problems like cataracts and mascular degeneration.
  2. The seeds help expel worms.
  3. The seeds are a great herbal remedy for enlarged prostate glands. They are a natural diuretic relieving extra urine and increase the urine flow. 
  4.  They are high in fiber, but low in calories. 

Which one…

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So Many Pumpkins

Ways to use Pumpkin…

Pumpkin soup, bread, cake, pie, cookies, and muffins.  Adding cinnamon, clove and ginger enhances most baked goods.  If you want chocolate flavors in baked goods except breads and soup try some raw carob powder or your chocolate desires.

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Varieties of Heirloom

Decorating with pumpkin…

Flower Vase – How about making this vase below? I looked at it in the flower area of a store recently and thought how cleaver! It is a pumpkin vase with the base acting as a container and fresh flowers put into it.  It looked so pretty too.  Can you see its beauty?

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Pumpkin Vase

Carving – people carve pumpkins out, stick a flashlight in it and see the glow. Kids love this.

The day has come…

There is lots of candy given away.  The day following Halloween is very challenging for teachers as many kids are "wired" up from the sugar. I remember the days of going out there for candy and sometimes getting money instead. 

This is beautiful so sharing it only. Not going to touch my lips or tongue. It's for "look and see."  Creativity below is amazing.  Not mine. 

Pictures say a thousand words…

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It's a Dragon! It's a Pumpkin Cake!

Reflecting and Acting…

Can you believe how many varieties of pumpkins there are? How will you use your pumpkin?  Now that you see how healthy they are, will you start using them more often in your foods.  Fresh, organics is always best, but then second to best if available would be frozen. How about making pumpkin soup, pie or cookies soon?  Get the kids involved.  Plant some in your garden, buy some from the farmer's market or store.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut,  photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.  A pet book may be forthcoming as many have gone to heaven and no regrets on any who were adopted. 

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Hughie Bagnell October 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hi Carol…great article on health benefits of pumpkins and other ways to use them! Thanks for sharing…Hughie

Carol Giambri October 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Thanks so much Hughie! Little did I realize how more healthy they are they I ever knew.

denny hagel October 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Very timely post with great info to broaden our perception of the uses and value of pumpkins! Thanks Carol! Great job:)

Jennifer Bennett October 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

What a great article Carol about all the uses of Pumpkins!  I LOVE this time of year and I just love seeing all the pumpkins everywhere!  And the Pumpkin soup sounds great! 

Lori October 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Great article Carol. I love this time of year, using pumpkins to decorate and to cook!

michele October 26, 2011 at 3:44 am

Hey Carol…I love pumpkins too! Thanks for the valuable info about their heath benefits!

Olga Hermans October 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

We ALLLWAYS made pumpkin soup around this time of the year! Somehow, I lost that; thanks for reminding me of how healthy a pumpkin really is!!

Claudia Looi October 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Love this article with the beautiful photos. I like everything with pumpkins- pumpkin soup, muffin, pie, seeds, bread. Do you have recipes too/

Debra Eckerling October 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Thanks for such a fun and spirited post! I really enjoyed it!

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Thank you so much Debra for coming buy. I hope you get to see some of my others. Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

HI Claudia,
Yes endless amount of recipes and vegan too–some raw as well. Most I just make up as I go however. When I do my online coaching program I better have the recipes all in place. Love taking pictures. Sandi K. ignited a flame I never knew I had and now I’m a photo addict not only for fruits and veggies, but also clouds, trees, sky and whatever excites me at the moment! I can never stop at one picture either. Thanks for compliment.

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Glad Olga I ignited a flame to bring you back to Pumpkin Soup. I can only imagine how yummy your house must smell! Enjoy the healthy pumpkin soups and whatever else you desire. Oh, remember the seeds for pumpkin seeds which I used to buy all the time as a kid growing up. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Welcome Michele. I love pumpkins myself. Yes, healthy talk usually from this gal.

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Lori, totally great way to decorate the house and to bake/cook with the pumpkins. Can’t believe how many varieties there are. Talk about making a choice of which one is hard. Thank you for coming over here.

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Jennifer, Thanks for commenting. No shortage on what to do with pumpkins. I am addicted to all the varieties too. I am shocked how suddenl this year I am seeing all kinds and sizes. Wow. Even the pumpkin flower vase I found creative and amazing.

Carol Giambri October 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Thank you Denny for your comment. We never realize the value of what we eat — good or bad value. I’m glad pumpkins are on the great list; but I do watch what goes into my mouth and then choose. I appreciate you stopping by.

Ingrid October 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

Wow!  I never new there were so many types of pumpkins.  Will share.  Thank you for sharing!

donovan grant October 27, 2011 at 2:33 am

Thanks for that Carol. My wife made some homemade pumpkin soup this week and it was awesome. It's really great to know there are lots of nutrients in what we are eating!!

Richard October 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

Loved the article, my mother always said that it will give me curly hair and maybe because I was a child I thought that curly hair was the way to go, so I ate all the pumpkin my mother dished up… :)

Carl Mason-Liebenberg October 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

Great post! Pumpkin is fabulously healthy and not just those halloween orbs. there are so many varieties with varied tastes and textures. Pumpkins are a must have in the nutritional strategy.

Edwina Parker October 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thanks Carol. I LOVE pumpkins in all ways.  They are super fun to decorate with in the fall and I adore the taste of pumpkin.  One of my fav recipes is for a pumpkin cheesecake!

Solvita October 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

Thanks Carol, you come up with so many ideas and suggestions again! Love your blog ~ full of useful information! :)

Nancy Olson, The Celiac Warrior October 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

Great post Carol!  Great tip and I didn't know all the benefits of pumpkin!  Good to know!

Anita October 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love pumpkin!! My son and I enjoy adding different herbs and spices and baking them :) This is an awesome post! thanks for sharing your knowledge with us :)

Karla Campos October 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

Thank you for sharing the health benefits of pumpkins, I was at the supermarket today and I was admiring all the different pumpkin types too, since they had a special pumpkin display.

Kim Garst October 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

You are a wealth of knowledge, Carol! Can you purchase just pumpkin seeds?

Healthy Juicer October 28, 2011 at 7:38 am

I like your picture of the pumpkin vase.  That is a great way to display flowers.

Mary Kate October 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I love all things pumpkin! We lived in Morton, IL, for several years – a.k.a. The Pumpkin Capitol of the World – as pumpkins grow in abundance in the mid-west. Morton has a large Libby's plant, also, where I believe the majority of their canned pumpkin is processed.  Making pumpkin bread tomorrow, actually – with applesauce instead of oil and stevia instead of sugar ~ and several handfuls of walnuts. YUM!

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

Mary Kate, Save me a piece of the bread provided no dairy. Kidding. It sounds great with the applesauce too. I think years back I read applesauce took the place of eggs too. I can be wrong and don’t assume this is truth. Wow, Pumpkin Capitol you were near.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

So true…amazing what we find when we are opened to creativity. I thought this was super creative idea. thanks for sharing. Juicer Depot? What kind of juicers are you into? I own Green Power, yes, Champion, yes Omega….yes health nut….vegan, plant based, mainly raw however…plans for coaching levels to help people to transition to healthier.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:08 am

Kim, thank you. Yes, some health food stores do sell just plain raw pumpkin seeds which are healthy and delicious. If Whole Foods near by start there. Sprinkle in salad, add into dressing or best, munch that way! You may find tamari pumpkin seeds, but I would skip that as it could be very salty taste and some people are highly allergic to tamari. Go RAW all the way! Always hunt for organic.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

Karla, I was shocked at all the varieties, colors and sizes. Wow, my eyes are wide opened to varieties. Have you seen the heirloom ones? Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

Glad you enjoyed it Anita. I too love pumpkin everything. Today at store I saw so many beautiful pumpkin cakes decorated, but I only stared and didn’t buy. I mainly eat raw foods, some cooked, but always plant based. I can make my own here fast. Maybe I will do for a friend from Poland visiting who is not a vegan as I am.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

Nancy, Amazing the benefits of the foods we eat mainly fresh fruits and vegetables. Glad the post was helpful seeing the benefits of pumpkins.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:14 am

Glad it is delivering value to you Solvita. It is just like playing in the kitchen writing these blogs. Having fun too. Does UK have a lot of pumpkins? x0x0

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

Edwina, Wow, pumpkin cheesecake — raw? I love playing with food and can whip up a pumpkin cheesecake that is raw. I too love pumpkins. They are so pretty this year and the heirloom varieties are amazing!

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

Carl, so true. Pumpkins are for the nutritional values to our body. You would know talking about wellness. Thanks for sharing Carl. Can’t wait to learn more about your fruits and veggies in your country.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:19 am

Richard, how funny. Curly hair gotten from pumpkin. You know “mother’s know best.” Glad you loved the article from this health nut. I love sharing back to basics simple eating and living. My recipes are all dairy free as vegan. Can’t wait to read more of your posts. I’ll be looking for them.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

Donovan, Wow, your mom knows great soups. I think I need to get to making one soon too. I was looking tonight for a small crock pot to cook in slowly. I don’t cook much, but do have a pressure cooker if need be and lots of pots. However I tend to go for the raw meals first. You just gave me an idea. I think I am going to make a friend for tomorrow night some pumpkin soup. This guy loves all my food so I’m sure homemade he will say yes and yummy. Tell your wife she initiated me doing this! I’m sure with spices it will be great. I have a Vitamix and probably going to do it in there and doesn’t need to be cooked at all.

Carol Giambri October 29, 2011 at 12:23 am

Ingrid tons of varieties of pumpkins. They are so beautiful too. The heirlooms are amazing. No kidding! Talk about gorgeous I found that looking at pumpkins, squash, apples…carrot…peppers…everything that is in the produce department. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer November 1, 2011 at 5:56 am

I love pumpkin, so I love your article!  I use the canned stuff year-round ~ it's still good for you.  But right now, with fresh pumpkins, I'm going crazy . . . pumpkin soup last night, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread, frosted pumpkin cookies. . . It's all things pumpkin (and Halloween!) at our house right now.

Carol Giambri November 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Oh, Jennifer. Totally right. Pumpkin great all year round. Yummy.

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