It’s that season again – there’s pumpkin goodies at every turn! There are some definite health benefits to this beautiful fall superfood, so enjoy it over the next few months. And instead of racking up the calories with those pumpkin drinks at the coffee shop, try our healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe below. It will be your new favorite of the season – yummmmm!
There’s one thing that we know – we all need more fiber. This important nutrient is critical if you want to lose weight because it keeps you feeling full longer. And 1 cup of mashed pumpkin has 3 grams of fiber and only about 50 calories. Add it to oatmeal, baked goods, or enjoy it in the morning smoothie below to start your day with fiber. Doing so keeps you fuller until lunch time and helps you avoid snacking.
Here’s another reason to love pumpkin this season – it’s good for your heart! The high potassium levels in pumpkin help lower blood pressure and lower your risk of stroke. This nutrient also helps protect your body by reducing the formation of kidney stones. Good news for those of us with anykidney issues!
Pumpkin has another powerful nutrient: beta-carotene. Studies have shown that the beta-carotene in pumpkin is helpful for fighting both prostate and colon cancers. Good news for the men in our lives!
And the benefits don’t stop there! When that beta-carotene is paired with antioxidant Vitamins E & C, it gives our vision a boost. These nutrients, when all working together, help prevent age-related maculopathy (ARM), damage to the part of the eye that provides our central vision. So get some pumpkin goodness to protect your eyes so you can see all that beautiful fall foliage!
Well, we hope you’re convinced on giving this fall superfood a try. With all of these health benefits and weight loss help, we know you’ll enjoy it all season long!
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 Scoop Viance Vitality Blend
- 1/2 cup nonfat milk, your choice
- ice, optional
- Place all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!