Over the years, pumpkin has become the taste of the season. We are happy that this orange sphere has made its way on our plates, in our drinks, and on some of our faces (great for skin). As we are embracing the taste let’s chew on some of the healthy benefits that pumpkin offers.

Pumpkin is known to aid in weight loss, increase vision, lower cholesterol, increase heart health, boost your mood, reduce insomnia, and increase the vitalization of your skin and hair. Pumpkin is also great for your kidneys and liver. It helps regulate your urinary and digestive tract. Reports have shown that individuals with gall bladder problems and kidney stones will benefit greatly from drinking pumpkin juice. This power food has many vitamins and minerals such as beta carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E. Minerals include potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and sucrose. With all of the health benefits, vitamins, and minerals this food will have your skin glowing and hair flowing.

With so much to offer we can’t leave you hanging. Here are some easy and delicious pumpkin recipes that you can try.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (source: Vega)

Ingredients

½ cup pumpkin puree

½ frozen banana

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (adjust according to your tastes)

1 cup non-dairy milk alternative

1 scoop Vega One French Vanilla

Procedure

Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

 

Pumpkin Hair Treatment

Ingredients

2 cups chopped and cooked pumpkins

1 tablespoon honey

1tablespoon yogurt

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Procedure

Puree the pumpkin and yogurt in a blender and add coconut oil and honey.

Apply on the hair and cover it with a plastic cap.

Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash out thoroughly using shampoo and conditioner as usual.

Yvelette Stines