It’s pumpkin season and I couldn’t be happier about that.
Pumpkin can be used in so many recipes as a low-calorie substitute for oil. Using pumpkin instead of oil in these oatmeal muffins reduces the number of calories and increases the nutritional impact significantly. That’s a pretty good tradeoff!
It’s a shame that pumpkin is normally an afterthought, reserved only for fall holiday treats and seasonal Starbucks lattes. Their health benefits are similar to those of other brightly colored squashes, including relatively high levels of Vitamins A, C, & E, beta-carotene and lutein, fiber, iron, and potassium. The carotenoids in bright-colored squashes are a powerful kind of antioxidant that are known to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. This makes pumpkin a perfect choice for those with post-workout muscle soreness. (more…)