Are you a pumpkin/squash fan?
There are SO MANY reasons to add pumpkin/squash to your diet – it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds that are good for you.
PLUS … it’s low in calories and tastes great.
Here are just a few of pumpkin/squash’s benefits: it’s good for your vision, immune health, and it may even help reduce your risk of cancer!
Pumpkin/squash also protects your heart, lungs, and kidneys, helps battle high blood pressure and it’s good for your skin.
Note: these benefits don’t extend to sugar-rich pumpkin lattes (sorry!) or pies!
Canned pumpkin puree can be a great way to get your pumpkin. Add it to your oatmeal, chili, smoothies, casseroles – and you can even make delicious pumpkin pancakes. Just make sure you don’t accidentally pick up a can of pumpkin pie filling instead.
This hummus recipe makes a great dip, snack, or it can be used as a surprisingly yummy condiment on top of burgers or whatever else comes to mind!
SPICY PUMPKIN HUMMUS (serves 6)
1 cup (240 grams) canned pumpkin puree
1 15-oz (425 gram) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp tahini
Juice of half a large lemon
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp cumin
1½ tsp nutritional yeast flakes
1-2 dashes of hot sauce or sriracha (to taste)
½ tsp. smoked paprika, plus extra for serving
Kosher salt, to taste Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve & enjoy!