Canned pumpkin is a storehouse for vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. This vegetable contains high levels of Vitamin A (246% of RDA) – a powerful natural antioxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of the skin and eyesight. It’s also a good source of the B-complex vitamins and minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
A great way to get your serving of pumpkin is in the Pumpkin Dip recipe below:
Yield: 8 servings (1/4 cup)
3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add syrup and cinnamon, and beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes before serving.
- Serve the dip with peeled apple slices, banana slices, or cinnamon pita chips.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 91, Fat 4.6 g, Saturated fat 3.1g, Monounsaturated fat 0 g, Protein 2.5g, Carbs 8g
Source: Cooking Light First Foods, Oxmoor House