Four powerful benefits of pumpkin

Yep it's officially pumpkin season and here are four reasons why you should be using pumpkin in your daily life, think pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies, not to mention pumpkin smoothies, soup or roast pumpkin (and not just for making scary lanterns!) Because these beauties are not just high in fibre and lower in calories than your regular go to treats - there are awesomely good for you and here's why.

PUMPKIN IS A SUPERFOOD

Pumpkins are one of the most nutrient dense superfoods (if you don't know what a superfood is check out my blog here) and are loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins. This means they are beneficial in just about every way. So think about adding them to your daily life, such as in making smoothies, power snacks and yummy meals (pumpkin soup ya-um) and roast pumpkin (heaven).

IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR EYES

A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. They are also high in zinc, which is an essential mineral for keeping your retina healthy. So, next time you’re at the store debating over the pumpkin or the pretzels why not give it a try. Your body will love you for it.

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

Don’t just carve the pumpkin... cook it! According to the HeartMD Institute, pumpkin seeds and pulp are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre - nutrients that benefit your heart, blood pressure, vision and more. And remember - you can use the pumpkin seeds as well. Just add some seasoning to your seeds and put them in the oven for a delicious, healthy snack!

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

Winter months can take a toll on your skin. But don’t panic (it's organic) pumpkin can help. Organic pumpkin seed oil can be applied to the face for a clear, smooth tone. Plus you can also make a pumpkin face mask by adding eggs and honey to soak in the full nutrients and benefits!