Who doesn’t love everything pumpkin spice!? I mean if you don’t, I think you may be feeling a little under the weather! During the holiday season, it is so wonderful to be using so many warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to make you feel all happy inside.
Some of the wonderful benefits of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are:
- Cinnamon — anti-diabetic + anti-inflammatory + antioxidant + anti-bacterial + anti-viral + astringent + hormone balancing + smooth muscle relaxant
- Ginger — reduces cramping, nausea, vomiting, and gas + helps with motion sickness + anti-inflammatory + anti-microbial + peripheral circulatory stimulant + antioxidant
- Nutmeg — antioxidant + anti-inflammatory + smooth muscle relaxant + improves brain health + anti-bacterial + mild sedative
As you can see the benefits of all of these lovely spices are endless!
Pumpkin is another wonderful ingredient. It is normally used to make the yummy pumpkin pie we all know and love, but I encourage you to use it all year round due to all the great health benefits:
- Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant and also a precursor to making vitamin A. Vitamin A is really good at helping with vision, bone and tooth growth, wound healing, reproduction, and proper immune system functioning.
- Pumpkin contains lots of fiber. Fiber is the part of the plant that the body can not break down. There are 2 types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber attracts water making it helpful for things like constipation as it will help to bulk and soften the stools. It can also bind to cholesterol and sugar to help prevent it from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Opposed to insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber can’t be broken down so it helps to add bulk to the waste, you know… to help keep you regular 😉
- Pumpkin is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for tissue repair by helping the body with the development of collagen, which helps with skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments + blood vessels. It helps with wound healing, absorption of iron + is a terrific antioxidant.
Pumpkin is a lot more amazing than you thought, isn’t it! It’s not just a cute little gourd that we carve pretty little faces into in October, it’s also a very nutritious food!!
- ¼ C pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Yogurt (I use coconut, but anything will work wonderfully!)
- Granola (try topping it with gluten + grain free granola)
- Combine pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg + maple syrup together
- Top with yogurt
- Sprinkle with granola