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Pumpkin Smoothies

Who enjoys pumpkins besides using them for Halloween decorations!?

Here are some great recipes to make the most of this yummy autumn fruit!

Pumpkin, particularly cooked and raw, have a wealth of health benefits. One cup boiled and mashed pumpkin contains 408% recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). It also contains all B vitamins (except B12) and 13% RDA each of vitamins C and E.

As for minerals, pumpkin is especially rich in copper (25% RDA in 1 cup). It’s also a good source of iron, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.

In addition to beta-carotene, which is known to promote eye health, pumpkin contains several antioxidants that may provide a protective effect against certain cancers, diabetes, and inflammatory diseases.

To make these smoothies, add the liquid to your blender first (I use a Vitamix). Then add the soft fruit followed by the remaining ingredients, adding the leafy greens last. Blend on high for 30-45 seconds or until smooth.

Pumpkin-Apple Green Smoothie with Cinnamon

– 1 cup pumpkin (cooked, canned, or raw) – 1 apple, cored – 1 banana, peeled – dash of cinnamon (to taste) – 2 cups or handfuls fresh baby spinach (optional, but recommended) – 8 ounces of fresh water or pumpkin seed milk (or try coconut water)

Calories: 262 | Fat: 1g (gram) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 66g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 3.5mg | Vitamin A: 601% | Vitamin C: 52%

Pumpkin-Carrot with Pear Green Smoothie

– 1 cup pumpkin (cooked, canned, or raw) – 1 fully ripe pear, cored – 1 whole carrot or 4-6 ounces of carrot juice – 2 cups or handfuls fresh baby spinach (optional, but recommended)

Calories: 191 | Fat: 0.8g (gram) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 47g | Calcium: 11% | Iron: 3.5mg | Vitamin A: 936% | Vitamin C: 44%

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