Now that autumn has passed and winter is on our doorsteps, we can finally enjoy one of the healthiest fruits that exist – pumpkins. Pumpkins are a healthy fruit that we consume in autumn and winter either raw, baked or added to delicious desserts.
Pumpkins have a fair share of health benefits, and are rich in essential nutrients that can significantly boost our health. Even the smell coming from a pumpkin baking in the oven is enough to lift our mood in the winter and warm our heart in the cold days.
Today we’re going to present a simple pumpkin bread recipe you’re going to fall in love with. It’s pretty easy to prepare and will remind you of the sweet side of autumn. The recipe is gluten-free and rich in various nutrients, so it will keep your health in check as well.
Here’s how to prepare it:
- ½ a cup of roasted pumpkin
- ½ a teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ a teaspoon of cloves
- A cup of almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon Celtic salt
- ¼ teaspoon stevia
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of powdered nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey
Mix the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a food processor, then add the pumpkin, honey, eggs and stevia and mix everything for 30 seconds. Pour the batter onto a pan and bake it in your oven at 350 F. Besides the incredible taste, the pumpkin bread will improve your health on many levels as well.
Here’s how this great bread improves your health:
Boosts your immune system
A cup of cooked pumpkin provides up to 20% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C which will boost your immune system and make you more resistant to flu and colds.
Helps the body rebuild
Experts recommend eating a banana after a workout, but pumpkins are even better. A cup of baked pumpkin contains 540 mg. of potassium which our muscles need to stay healthy.
Protects the skin
Pumpkins contain a lot of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can keep the skin healthy and free of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
Assists in the reduction of the risk of cancer
Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that may assist in the prevention of numerous types of cancer. Although not a complete substitute for cancer therapy, however, pumpkins will provide your body with antioxidants and help you stay away from the disease.
Improves your eye health
A cup of pumpkin contains 200% of the RDA of vitamin A, a nutrient which can keep your eyes healthy. The bright orange color of the fruit can be attributed to the high carotenoid content (including beta-carotene) which is converted to vitamin A in our body.
Promotes weight loss
A cup of roasted pumpkin has only 50 calories and about 3 gr. of fiber. The fiber will boost your digestion and metabolism and help you stay full, and you’ll get all of it without counting calories. Eating a diet rich in fiber will almost surely result in weight loss.
This pumpkin bread recipe is surely mouthwatering and will keep you healthy and warm in the winter. Try it yourself and you’ll never make another dessert again!