There are so many reasons to eat pumpkin this fall besides just the fact that everyone else is doing it. I have an issue with people calling others basic because they eat pumpkin… actually I have an issue with anyone calling anyone basic. It’s just rude, and I’ve personally found that anything “basic” is “basic” because it freaking works and everyone is intelligent enough to realize it and hop on the band wagon. Like birkenstocks, if you wear them, you’re “basic.” But are you really basic, or are you just smart and they feel really good on your feet and allow you to walk? I think you’re just smart.
Anyways, stop calling yourselves basic for eating pumpkin because pumpkin is SO SO good for you! Also, if you’re eating it in the fall, you’re eating seasonally and that is a beautiful, eco friendly thing to do! But remember, eating more pumpkin doesn’t mean artificial pumpkin flavor, this means real pumpkin. You can buy canned but make sure it doesn’t have added sugars.
I’ve put together a few reasons we should all eat more pumpkin and not feel basic for doing it. Most of these apply to all squash and are not specific to just pumpkin. I also have quick recipe for roasting a whole pumpkin so that you can make your own purée or chop it up for a side dish, put it in smoothies, whatever you want!
Check it out, basic WITCHES! 😜 🎃
Top 5 Reasons to Eat Pumpkin
1. Pumpkins (and other squash) are extremely high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is super good for your skin, Retin A/Accutabe is derived from Vitamin A. It’s also good for your eye sight! The redder the squash, the more vitamin A it has.
2. Pumpkin is one of the many squash varieties that are very low in carbohydrates. It adds a great filler to food with minimal sugar content. They are also low in calories in general.
3. It’s seasonal. I don’t just eat pumpkin because “because… fall” , I eat it because it’s in season. Fall is naturally squash season, as well as pomegranate and pear season! Eating seasonally means less strain on the land/environment and less fossil fuel use to ship the produce.
4. Fiber! Pumpkin and other squash have lots of good fiber to keep your digestive system moving. It also adds bulk to your diet to keep you full.
5. Squash seasonal colds with pumpkin! 😜 Pumpkin seeds have high levels of zinc which is great for your immune system. Zinc also helps with testosterone production.
Pumpkin is the perfect side dish, addition to smoothies, and a powerhouse of nutritients. So here’s how to roast one!
How to Roast a Pumpkin
• preheat oven to 350 F
• wash a small pumpkin thoroughly and slice it in half very carefully
• scoop out the seeds, you can even save these to roast later
• put the pumpkin face down in a baking dish and add about 1/2 inch of water
• roast in the oven for about an hour
• Done! When you take the pumpkin out, you can either scoop out the flesh and purée it or chop the pumpkin up. If you choose to chop it, you will have to skin it with a potatoe peeler first so that you don’t eat the skin.
See ya later!
That’s it! Now continue eating all the pumpkin while it’s in season and enjoy all the fall feels.