This time of year is all about the pumpkin! Are you missing the almighty pumpkin spice latte right about now? The good news is that you could and SHOULD be putting pumpkin into your diet. According to BabyMed, these good gourds are filled with carotene and fiber. They can be baked, boiled, steamed, roasted and pureed. And of course, they have those delicious seeds. BabyMed says, “Pumpkin seeds are especially beneficial for expecting mothers. They contain high amounts of protein, zinc and other vitamins.” They are also known to help digestion, skin conditions, and abdominal cramps associated with pregnancy. Even the seed’s oil is good, as stated by BabyMed, “… it contains fatty acids that make the blood vessels, tissues and the nerves healthy.”
Our friends at FitPregnancy agree that the seeds are where it’s at for adding to a nutritious pregnancy. They suggest making your own: “Melt organic butter or heat macadamia nut oil or olive oil and toss in the pumpkin seeds to coat. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with turmeric, garlic or cayenne pepper. Roast at 300° F until crisp.”
Editor’s Note: If you want something a little salty AND a little sweet, sprinkle the seeds with raw or coconut sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of pink or white sea salt to cure that craving!
How have you been incorporating pumpkin into your diet? Tell us and show us @apeainthepodmaternity #40weeksofchic and Happy Halloween!