Now it’s a pumpkin season! And pupmkin is good not only to celebrate Halloween: it’s a wonderful sunny product, incredibly good for health and beauty. In particularly, on a pumpkin you can easily lose weight. How - read in my new article!
The basis of my individual food programs is fresh seasonal products. The secret is that they have the highest concentration of nutrients. Therefore, you quickly saturate in small portions. At the same time you consume a lot of fiber, which gently cleanses the intestines, promotes good digestion and, as a result, rapid saturation. Losing weight goes at a brisk pace, while you are full and cheerful. A cheerful, because you do not have “jumps” of sugar and the mood is always on top.
It is very good to make in this season special pumpkin days, when you eat mostly pampkin. Only 100 grams of its pulp is a third of the daily norm of iron, 15% of the required vitamin E and 70% of the daily norm of vitamin C. And 100 grams of crude product only 23 kcal!
Pumpkin is also one of the best sources of beta-carotene, which is extremely important for healthy eyesight and all body tissues. In addition, beta-carotene prevents aging, quickly removes the products of decay from the body, strengthens the immune system. Everyone knows that beta-carotene is in carrots, but in pumpkin - five times more!
Fiber and pectins contained in the pumpkin provide a feeling of satiety for a long time, normalizes the work of the gastrointestinal tract, and also slows down the process of digesting carbohydrates and fats. Pleasant bonus: improving digestion, skin and hair condition.
Not only pumpkin itself, its seeds are very good - scientists have proven their undeniable benefit in the prevention of cancer. Pumpkin seeds also contain a lot of calcium, zinc, selenium, niacin, and also linoleic acid, which strengthens the arteries.
To take from the pumpkin the maximum of usefulness and minimum calories, it is worth eating raw (cooked meals at least twice the calories of raw analogs). There are plenty of options: a pumpkin with a carrot and an apple, a pumpkin with a spoonful of honey, with a small amount of nuts or seeds. It can be interfered with cottage cheese, with yogurt and kefir, sprinkle with cocoa.
Incredibly tasty salads are based on a pumpkin with a variety of ingredients. Pumpkin is also good because it fits perfectly with most products, including protein. For example, a pumpkin with white cheese, cottage cheese, is very tasty, it can be used as a side dish to the meat and fish.
To inspire kids to eat a raw pumpkin, you can make delicious dessert, in which fresh pumpkin puree alternates layers with a sweet apple and a healthy home-made chocolate mousse. You can also make soups of puree, in which pumpkin and carrots are raw, and all other ingredients are boiled and mixed in a blender. Such soups are very tasty with pumpkin seeds, which are also best eaten raw.
I always in a hurry and make for myself extremely simple dishes. One of the favorite in autumn: a large grated pumpkin with a spoonful of olive oil and a small amount of walnuts. The perfect breakfast option!
Well, if you cook a pumpkin, then there is also a huge space for imagination, including pumpkin garnishes for any dishes, healthy home-made pies, casseroles, sweets. I will devote another article to pumpkin recipes.
If you want to lose weight on a pumpkin, once a week just eat it raw during the day. Let it be the main ingredient in light vegetable salads with lots of greenery and fruit desserts. You can eat a little olive oil, nuts and seeds. But here everything depends on your goals. Keep in mind also that despite all its benefits, a crude pumpkin can be contraindicated in certain diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
It is wonderful that the volume of a portion of raw pumpkin is unlimited. If it is cooked, it is not necessary to overdo it, since the calorie content of the cooked product is higher. So, in 100 grams of baked pumpkin is not 23 kcal, as in raw, but already 46, and in pumpkin puree - 88.
Approximate pumpkin menu:
Breakfast: Pumpkin salad with cinnamon and 15 grams of almonds (or two walnuts, or 30 grams of pumpkin seeds)
Lunch: Pumpkin with a tablespoon of olive oil, 150 lean meats
Dinner: Pumpkin with warmed sesame seeds, 150 grams of fish or seafood.
To get the best results from pumpkin menu is desirable to make regular sports: at least home training, as well as any physical activity, such as walking. Well, do not forget about the water regime: try to drink two glasses of water in between meals, so that it turns out to drink at least 2 liters of clean water a day.
Enjoy the golden autumn, sunny pumpkin, delicious and joyful life !;))