Archive for October, 2010

Pumpkin Facts

Friday, October 1st, 2010

When October comes on the calendar pumpkins become the talk of the town. The pumpkin is a large orange squash fruit that grows as a gourd from a vine. This fruit is usually orange in color, but they can also be green, yellow or a mixture of all three. Pumpkins are not just for carving; they are a delicious fruit filled with many antioxidants including carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Pumpkin is also rich in the nutrients Vitamin A, zinc, iron, and fiber. Try preparing pumpkin soup, adding it to your favorite pancake batter, or blending a smoothie.

Pumpkin seeds are a great idea for your next snack; they are filled with protein, which will help satiate you on the go. Pumpkin seed oil is a great option for cooking—it can not only add flavor to you foods but also supply a healthy dose of essential fatty acids.

Try the recipe below to spice up your next waffle breakfast!

Pumpkin waffle recipe

Ingredients:

1 medium egg
¾ cup pureed cooked pumpkin
¾ cup milk
½ cup flour
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Beat the egg in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth and cohesive.

2. Bake the batter in a hot waffle iron.