Pumpkins are more than just props to ward off evil spirits on chilly October nights. The popular Halloween gourd also happens to be ultra-versatile, ultra-delicious and ultra-healthy. According to this article from the Huffington Post, pumpkin contains over 200% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, which is – like other orange-colored vegetables – converted from beta-carotene. Even better, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses as well, containing magnesium, zinc, and plant-based Omega-3 fats, which combine to offer a wide range of benefits to your heart and immune system.
Photo courtesy of TLC’s Pumpkin Patch Pictures.
Sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes, are root vegetables similar to potatoes in texture and ginger roots in appearance, with a flavor that’s nutty, yet sweet. They are a great source of the inulin, a unique starch that stabilizes blood sugar levels while stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria in your stomach and colon. Sunchokes are also high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Like potatoes they can be steamed, boiled, grilled, or roasted. They can also be eaten in the raw on salads or even juiced.
Photo courtesy of What’s So Great About Sunchokes? from Eat Local Northwest.