During the fall, you can find pumpkins for sale around nearly every corner. Displays, fall markets, and pumpkin patches are popping up all around the Greater Tampa Bay area. People cannot seem to get enough of this vitamin-rich vegetable packed with tasty health benefits for your body and skin. Here are some of the best ways to fall deeper in love with pumpkin this season.
Fantastic Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Pumpkins
- Pack a Nutritional Punch with Pumpkins: Fall is officially the season for pumpkin-flavored delights, but the benefits and uses of pumpkin far surpass seasonings and pie filling. With a tasty orange-colored pulp, this low-calorie, fat-free squash plant offers you a carotene-rich source of vitamin A, B6, C, plus healthy minerals. Consider drinking pumpkin beer while watching football, sipping on pumpkin-spice coffee in the morning, or enjoying a plate of pumpkin ravioli for dinner.
- Spice Up the Season with Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a flavorful, fiber-rich ingredient to bulk up soups, breads, and spreads. It is also fun to bring home a whole pumpkin during the fall months, especially if you personally pick one from a Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, or Polk County pumpkin patch. Your pumpkin will make for excellent fall décor until you’re ready to eat. After you’ve scooped out the super nutritious pulp from the thick shell, you and the kids can carve a Jack-o-lantern for your Halloween festivities. How many vegetables are this versatile and nutritious?
- Snack on Pumpkin Seeds for Energy: After carving your pumpkin, don’t forget to bake the seeds. Simply separate the seeds from the pulp, rinse, drain, dry, and toss seeds with light salt and melted butter or oil in a bowl. You may also want to add paprika or other seasonings for spice. Next, spread the seeds on a baking sheet and roast at 300 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your desire for crispness. You may also want to toss mid-way through roasting. Keep an eye on the seeds for achieving a delicious golden-brown color. Enjoy a handful of seeds as an energy-boosting snack packed with protein and minerals including heart-healthy potassium, magnesium, and iron.
- Enjoy a Fall Facial Featuring Pumpkin: Pumpkin is much more than food! The antioxidant-rich pulp also supplies beneficial vitamins and textures for facemasks and exfoliating scrubs. Tampa Aesthetic experts often recommend facial recipes with pumpkin to help smooth and brighten complexions. Some folks even create homemade masks with pumpkin. With any skincare treatment, results and benefits will vary depending on a person’s unique skincare needs.
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