It’s officially October! We are really proud of ourselves we were able to make it to the first week of October to start talking “pumpkins!” In this week’s newsletter, we made a round-up of some of our favorite pumpkin recipes, including this fluffy and delicious pumpkin pancake recipe! Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter.
The truth is, pumpkin is tasty in just about anything – pancakes, soups, chili, as a salad dressing, muffins, pie, etc. They’re also fun to turn into Jack-o’-lanterns or to decorate around the house. But, not only are they delicious and aesthetic, they are also a highly nutritious food! Pumpkins are a great source of important nutrients such as vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, just to name a few.
Health Benefits of Pumpkins
Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, a pigment and antioxidant found in most orange-colored fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Our body converts carotenoids into vitamin A, a vitamin that helps protect your eyesight. In addition, vitamin A has been shown to support your immune system and help your body fight infections.
Pumpkins are also a high potassium food. Research shows that higher potassium, as well as low sodium intake has been linked to lower blood pressure and also reduces the risk for strokes. Win-win!
Pumpkins are also a good source of fiber. Canned pumpkin has about 6 grams of fiber per cup! Fiber helps lower blood cholesterol and improve digestion. Incorporate more pumpkin into your recipes – such as in pumpkin soup, pumpkin chicken chili, or pumpkin muffins.
This pumpkin pancake recipe is packed with really delicious ingredients. The Greek yogurt in this recipe makes the pancakes extra fluffy and adds protein, which helps you feel full for longer. We use whole-wheat flour in this recipe to add a little extra fiber. The tablespoon (yes, tablespoon) of baking powder helps with fluffiness as well. And, of course, we couldn’t forget about our favorite fall spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. This pumpkin pancake recipe will get your entire household excited about fall!Print