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Spooky and Nutritious: Why You Should Eat (and Carve) Pumpkin’s this Halloween!

Spooky season has begun! Cue the decorations, the costumes, and of course – the pumpkins! It’s true that this iconic Halloween symbol puts you in the holiday spirit, but it can do much more than that. The cousin of the spaghetti squash has more than just decorative prowess. Of course, squash is delicious and nutritious too, but it’s not as fun to carve (trust me).

Take me to the recipe for eating (not carving) squash

So why exactly should you swing by the pumpkin patch this year? 

Vitamin A: Scare Away That Seasonal Cold

Pumpkins are high in beta-carotene, which is what gives them their lovely orange color. This beta-carotene eventually turns into Vitamin A, which research shows is a key element in supporting the immune system.

Now, beta-carotene also acts as an effective antioxidant (there’s that word again). These help to protect your cells from the oxidative damage of free radicals. The benefit from this protection is that it keeps your cells healthy and helps defend against several illnesses like, for example, cancer.

There’s more to a pumpkin than just a nice Halloween decoration. This holiday season make sure to save some of them to make yourself a nice yummy Vitamin A-rich dinner! However, if you’ve already carved up all your pumpkins, check out some other nutritious and delicious recipes you can serve for dinner instead. They’re not as spook-tacular, but they still make a healthy meal!

Show Me Tonight’s Treat

As always, if you have any questions, we’re here for you. Your decorations this season should be scary, but not your health journey. FK strives to support and guide you through every step of this process. Whether you’re just looking to eat a little healthier, or you want to transform your life – we’re here to support you. Feel free to reach us on social media https://www.instagram.com/frans_kitchen/ or send an email at support@franskitchenaz.com.

Ready for the spooky season? Comment below with your favorite pumpkin treats and holiday activities!

Cheers,

Fran

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=BetaCarotene

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5836018/

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