Pumpkin for Beautiful Skin
Hello there, Beautiful People!
Pumpkins are generally only something we think about when Halloween rolls around. Growing up in New England, I'm a huge fan of Halloween and pumpkin-flavored everything. But, we know that artificial and chemical-based pumpkin flavoring is junk. So, get your pumpkin fix from the real thing.
While they look awesome sitting on the steps with pretty designs carved in them, pumpkins are actually loaded with beautifying and anti-cancer goodies.
I came across pumpkin puree in Whole Foods the other day, while doing my weekly grocery shopping. It caught my eye, but I wondered how I would use it. Then it dawned on me: add it to my daily smoothie and change things up. So, I made sure to choose a non-BPA-lined can of pumpkin and was on my merry way.
Natural Color = Beautifying Benefits
The naturally-bright colors found in fruits and vegetables indicate their ability to prevent wrinkles, and promote healthy hair and skin. That glowing orange hue in pumpkin shouts, "I contain Beta Carotene and help prevent wrinkles and sun damage."
Check out some of pumpkin's noteworthy benefits
Keeps you Full
One cup of the pureed orange goodness has about 7 grams of dietary fiber. That stuff keeps you satiated.
Promotes Healthy Eyesight & Skin via potent antioxidants
Pumpkin offers an awesome dose of Beta-Carotene, a plant-based carotenoid that is a precursor to vitamin A. It's essential for glowing skin and healthy eyesight.
Research also suggests that consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure
Pumpkin is a great source of potassium. This mineral is vital for blood pressure and electrolyte regulation. Potassium lessens the effect of sodium. The SAD (Standard American Diet) is generally low in potassium and high in sodium. It's supposed to be the opposite!
Tip: Next time you're at the store, pick up some pumpkin puree and add it to your daily plant-based protein smoothie!
Keep it up and you'll be glowing from the inside out.
Until next time...