With so much emphasis on Halloween and the jack-lantern, there is a tendency to forget there is more than just orange pumpkins  and that pumpkins are winter squashes. From Butternut to acorn to pumpkin, there are a multitude of variety.  For many lo-cal enthusiasts, the spaghetti squash and zucchini and yellow squash can be shredded to take the place of a the hi-carb traditional squashes.

Pumpkins – also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Here are eight facts from an article on Huffington Post –

1 – Pumpkins keep eyesight sharp
2 – Pumpkins aid weight loss – Pumpkin seeds help your heart by reducing LDL or “bad” cholesterol
4 – Pumpkin may reduce cancer risk by boasting the antioxidant beta-carotene
5 – Pumpkin protect the skin making it wrinkle free
6 – Pumpkin seeds can boost your mood
7 – Pumpkin can help refuel potassium after a hard workout restoring the body’s balance of electrolytes
8 – Pumpkins can boost the immune system as a high source of Vitamin C.

PLUS pumpkin really taste good which is why we are seeing it everywhere – roasted, pies, cookies, ice creams, and not pumpkin beer etc.

Check out these pumpkin and squash recipes.