twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Pumpkin: Fall's All-Star Fruit

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Guest blogger JJ Virgin: This time of year, everything seems to transform quickly. The summer sound of kids' uninhibited laughter as they run through sprinklers gives way to the sound of school bells; leaves turn from lush green to beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow; entire aisles in grocery stores have been taken over by sugar-laden Halloween candy ... and pumpkins are everywhere!

As soon as the sun sets on Labor Day, the country's obsession with all things pumpkin begins. They're stacked in front of grocery stores, displayed on almost every doorstep, nearly every specialty coffee drink or dessert is pumpkin-flavored and children begin to ask about picking up a few pumpkins to carve.

Though most infamous for its use in belt-bursting pies and breads, pumpkin is actually an incredibly healthful gourd. Pumpkin meat is high in carotenoids, which work to neutralize free radicals -- those pesky molecules that can attack cell membranes and leave them susceptible to damage. Specifically, pumpkin is high in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which hunt down free radicals that are present in the lens of the eye, preventing macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts. Pumpkins also contain a host of other nutrients, such as zinc, fiber and iron.

Here are two fun, healthful pumpkin recipes for your family to enjoy!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are not only yummy, they're very high in protein (one ounce of seeds provides about seven grams of protein). They also contain iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese and zinc, and their oil is high in phytosterols, a plant-based fatty acid that is so similar to cholesterol that it can replace it in our bodies, thereby reducing blood-cholesterol levels.

Method: Rinse seeds under cool water, picking out the pulp. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet that's been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the seeds with either salt or cinnamon, and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.

Baked Pumpkin
Method: Split a pumpkin-pie pumpkin vertically, and scoop out all the seeds and pulp. Pour half an inch of warm water into an oven-safe pan and invert the pumpkin halves in the water. Put the pan into a preheated 400-degree oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Using a spoon, scrape the fleshy inside of the pumpkin away from the rind. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over each portion.

Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin is the author of "Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy" and the costar of TLC's "Freaky Eaters" reality series. Visit her at to grab her free audio, "7 Steps to Break Your 'Freaky' Food Habits Fast & Forever!"

next: CPSC Warning: STOP Using Sleep Positioners!
59 comments so far | Post a comment now
Fitness April 6, 2011, 6:27 PM

What’s Taking place i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & aid different users like its aided me. Good job.

komputery April 6, 2011, 6:34 PM

Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is really a terrific site.

used cars columbus ohio April 6, 2011, 9:32 PM

I am glad to be a visitant of this stark site ! , appreciate it for this rare info ! .

contemporary art paintings new york April 7, 2011, 1:23 AM

so interesting a topic.

BioBasics April 7, 2011, 3:23 AM

This website is very good! How can I make one like this .

xrumer April 7, 2011, 3:21 PM

It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I have read this put up and if I may I want to counsel you few attention-grabbing issues or advice. Maybe you could write subsequent articles regarding this article. I want to read even more things approximately it!

Fidel Feimster April 7, 2011, 10:41 PM

Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just too fantastic. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a tremendous web site.

make money online April 7, 2011, 11:22 PM

Good issues?I might note that as any person who in reality doesn’t write on blogs a lot (actually, this may be my first publish), I don’t suppose the time period ‘lurker’ could be very becoming to a non-posting reader. It’s not your fault in the least , however most likely the blogosphere may come up with a better, non-creepy title for the 90% people that enjoy studying the content .

Osvaldo Berretti April 8, 2011, 1:44 AM

Well written! It could be outstanding should you followed up on this theme. Regards!

Albany Real Estate Agents April 8, 2011, 3:58 AM

I’m always looking for these kinds of posts but its not easy to find such good information.

Eric P. Upchurch April 8, 2011, 6:52 AM


SolarIncentives April 8, 2011, 10:43 AM

Hello - I must say, I’m impressed using your site. I have no trouble navigating through all the tabs and info was very easy to access. I discovered what I wanted very quickly at all. Pretty great. Would be thankful should you add discussion boards or something like that, it might be a perfect way for your customers to have interaction. Congrats!

HomeSolarPanels April 8, 2011, 11:10 PM

Hey this is a attractive looking site, is wordpress? Forgive me for the foolish question - but if so, what theme is? Thanks! :-)

peru vacation packages April 9, 2011, 6:22 AM

I was very delighted to discover this site on bing.I wished to say thanks to you with regard to this good post!! I undoubtedlyliked every little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. April 10, 2011, 1:26 AM

Well..yes because it shares something that is happening now.

Towanda Sonderup April 10, 2011, 5:25 AM

Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

chicken pox scars treatment April 10, 2011, 8:16 AM

Someone essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this particular publish amazing. Fantastic job!

payday loan  May 8, 2011, 8:55 PM

Hé c’est un grand poteau. Est-ce que je peux employer une partie là-dessus sur mon emplacement ? Je naturellement lierais à votre emplacement ainsi les gens pourraient lire le plein article s’ils voulaient à. Remercie l’une ou l’autre manière.

louis vuitton Handbags May 9, 2011, 8:08 AM

Well I truly enjoyed studying it. This post procured by you is very useful for good planning.

Back to top >>