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STAPLE MONDAY!!

Posted May 30 2011 12:00am

Due to POPULAR DEMAND.. it is BACK!!!

Of course its not Sunday but I really wanted to tell you guys about my Blogger Meet-up yesterday so it has turned into Staple Monday for this week!!

Today’s staple is……………….

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  • It is one of the vegetables which is very low calories;  provides just 26 cal per 100 g and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
  • With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetable in the cucurbitaceae family with highest levels ofvitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for vision. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A helps body protect against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compoundes like alpha and beta carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
  • Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in reitina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.
  • Rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
  • It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Pumpkin seeds  are good source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids which are good for heart health. In addition, they are very good in protein, minerals and many health benefiting vitamins. For example 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 cal, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%) etc… but no cholesterol. The seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted to GABA in the brain.

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I LOVE using pumpkin for cooking… but I honestly did not realize just how VERSATILE it really is!! I found some MOUTH WATERING recipes that I know you guys will LOVE!

Let’s start off with some breakfast! How about these Cinnamon Rolls?!  

Or Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal for One!?  

Don’t like it hot? No problem! Try these Overnight Oats!  

Maybe you want some Pumpkin Spice Pancakes?  

Or these Pumpkin Spelt Pancakes?!  

Not a pancake person? Eat this Spiced French Toast!  

 

You can compare it with this French Toast!!  

Or if you want something quick and soothing… try this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!  

And on the side, have a Scone!  

And just to prove that not EVERYTHING with pumpkin is sweet… look at this lovely Coconut Pumpkin Soup recipe! 

And for dessert… a slice, or two (or three!) of this Pumpkin Banana Bread!  

Or a Pumpkin Pie Brownie!  

With an Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookie on the side :)  

Would you like a Pumpkin Spiced Donut Hole?  

Or some Chocolate Brownie Cake?!  

How about a personal favorite… Pumpkin ‘Cheese’Cake!!  

Now are you convinced?!

Questions of the Day:

Pumpkin: yay or nay?

What’s the best looking recipe on this page?

P.S BE SURE TO enter my NEW GIVEAWAY!

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