Tagged: Vitamin

Keep It Seasonal: Pumpkins

Pumpkins:  healthy, not scary!

Pumpkins: healthy, not scary!

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.

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Keep It Seasonal: Persimmons

Forget apples.  For fiber, try a persimmon a day to keep the doctor away.

Forget apples. For fiber, try a persimmon a day to keep the doctor away.

Persimmons look like quirky heirloom tomatoes on the outside, but they offer something a little bit different inside.   At first bite, the taste is hard to describe.  It’s subtle, but sweet, with dense tomato-like flesh that makes it a great addition to salsas and salads.  According to this article from Science Daily persimmons (as compared to apples) have higher atherosclerosis-fighting concentrations of dietary fiber, minerals, and phenolic compounds.  They also contain 80% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, as well as other antioxidant compounds like Vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin, which combined can help prevent cancer and promote longevity among.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.