The school year is off to a great start! A big thanks to everyone for their hard work as we got everything in place for another year of great meals for great kids. We love meeting kids and parents, so don’t forget to stop and say hello when you see Katie and Brandon at your school!
With the crisp days of fall, our thoughts turn to pumpkins. They’re everywhere! Decorating homes and porches, carved as jack-o-lanterns, and made into delicious pies. And we can’t forget pumpkin spice…everything!
But did you know that the humble pumpkin is a healthy vegetable that you and your kids will love? It doesn’t have to be made into a sugary dessert to taste great and pack nutrition into a snack or meal.
Like other orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes, pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A. All vitamins are best absorbed through food rather than supplements and vitamin A supports eye, heart, and kidney health.
Pumpkin is also rich in potassium, which promotes bone health, and fiber, which supports a healthy digestive system.
There are lots of ways to use pumpkin as part of your regular meal and snack rotation. Some of our favorites are pumpkin muffins and creamy pumpkin soup. Pumpkin is also a great ingredient in a stir-fry, a smoothie, a curry, a quick bread, or even added to mashed potatoes.
Pumpkins are quite easy to grow in your home garden. They’re easy to find in the fall and last a long time stored in a cool place. When fresh pumpkins are out of season, use canned pumpkin in your recipes.
It’s time to think of this versatile veggie as a year-round part of a healthy diet for the whole family!
What are your favorite ways to eat pumpkins? If you have a favorite recipe, share it with us!