|10 Smart Ways to Incorporate Pumpkin Into Your Diet|
When I was a kid my Mom used to run after me to make me eat pumpkin subji (curry) along with a long lecture on benefits of Pumpkin, but as a kid, I was not a fan of pumpkin. Yes, we all have been gone through this. I wish someone had told my mom the smart ways to incorporate Pumpkin in diet like I am telling you today.
Before going in more detail let’s first see why Pumpkin is so important to eat, especially if you are a student.
Benefits of Pumpkin:
• Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories as it’s 94% water which makes pumpkin a weight-loss friendly food
• It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for eyesight and helps the retina absorb and process light which makes it must for students. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A, making it an outstanding option for optical health.
• The antioxidants in pumpkin could help prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.
• Pumpkin oil even helps fight various bacterial and fungal infections. Plus, pumpkin is packed with nearly 20 percent of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, which may help you recover from colds faster.
• Research has suggested a positive relationship between a diet rich in beta-carotene and a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
Now we know how much pumpkin is important to our health. Below are 10 smart ways to Incorporate Pumpkin into Your Diet:
10 Smart Ways to Incorporate Pumpkin into Your Diet:
1. Pumpkin Oats Cake
When you can’t get your mind off dessert go for our pumpkin and oats cake to the rescue! Spiced with nutmeg and honey, 2-3 slices of this cake are enough to provide required vitamin A for the entire day.
|Pumpkin Oat Cake|
2. Pumpkin Halwa
Give gajar ka halwa a rest for some time and try this exotic Pumpkin halwa this time. Top it off with roasted coconut, crunchy almonds and go straight to foodie heaven.
3. Roasted Pumpkin
A winner for everyone at the dinner table – bake pumpkin pieces and spice it up with piri-piri masala.
4. Pumpkin Coconut Cookie
Give your regular coconut cookies a twist, add some grated pumpkin along with coconut and enjoy your healthier cookie.
|Pumpkin Coconut Cookies|
5. Pumpkin Masala Thepla
This one is my favorite. Add some grated pumpkin in your regular masala thepla and enjoy this breakfast dish.
6. Whole-Grain Pumpkin Pancakes
Perfect for winter, this hearty breakfast recipe includes whole-wheat flour, lots of spices, pumpkin, and milk.
7. Pumpkin Tikki
Grate some pumpkin along with your other grated veggies, add some potatoes, roll it in breadcrumbs, shallow fry them and enjoy with tomato sauce.
8. Pasta in Pumpkin Sauce
Creamy pasta dishes are often full of fat and cholesterol. Instead of making your dinner a giant calorie bomb, try pumpkin cream sauce and Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and make your pasta tastier and healthier
9. Pumpkin Almond Muffins
Start your day with pumpkin almond muffins. These mouth-watering muffins make for a perfect snack on-the-go and will keep you going until it’s time for lunch.
10. Pumpkin Waffles
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and stir well. Add the wet ingredients: pumpkin, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Preheat waffle iron. Brush the waffle iron with a little-melted butter and cook waffles. Eat with toppings of your choice.
If you don’t like pumpkin just like me but still wants to eat it because of its health benefits then these were my ideas of smartly incorporating pumpkin in the diet which will be tasty yet healthy. And if you are already a Pumpkin lover then you got some more interesting recipes in your list.
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