Health & Wellness

Pumpkin Power

By Isabelle Huot

Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. Their flesh is full of carotenoids—powerful antioxidants that are good for the heart and for night vision—and can help protect against cancer.

Pumpkin is versatile, too.

It’s perfect for soups, pies, stews, slow-cooked meals, and all kinds of sauces, such as for manicotti, ravioli, and lasagne. Dried pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and zinc—essential minerals for the nervous, muscular, and immune systems.

Raw or roasted, chopped or whole, pumpkin seeds enhance breakfast cereal, mixed nuts, muffins, salads, pasta, and more.