Pumpkins

One of the best detoxifying root style foods are Pumpkins! They are not as jam packed with nutrients at pumpkin seeds are, but they do have a great ability to lower cholesterol. With their big source of antioxidants like vitamin E and lignans that can also protect the bodies cells and reduce inflammation.

Pretty Pumpkins

How to Choose and Keep
Ask your grocer if they have any “pie pumpkins.” They will be smaller and flatter. Knock on the pumpkin to test for ripeness. A hollow sounds means its good to cut into. The vine attached to the pumpkin should also be brown and died. Store inside away from direct sunlight. If you don’t want to go that route, look below for buying in the can form.
 

Preparation
Clean the outside thoroughly and cut. Roast at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or more. If you are purchasing from a can make sure it is organic and B.P.A free. The other kinds leach bacteria into the pumpkin! I like Farmer’s Market brand. Buy “canned pumpkin” for breads and muffins and “pumpkin pie” for pies.
 

Nutrients
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folate, Niacin, Choline, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, and Manganese.
 

Action Steps
1. Cut your favorite pumpkin up yourself and bake like squash.
2. Make some pumpkin bread!!