Here they come again! Pumpkin Spice Lattes are ushering in a change in season even earlier than normal this year, and while this cult beverage is probably the worst thing you could order if you’re at all wellness-minded (a grade does some serious damage with 380 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 50 grams of sugar), let’s not hate on pumpkins altogether!
Pumpkins pack a nutrition punch, with health-promoting nutrients like beta-carotene and potassium, and just half a cup of pumpkin seeds have 92 percent of your daily value of magnesium. Roasted pumpkin seeds fill you up with tons of fiber, and you can top them with lots of health-boosting spices, like turmeric, cayenne, and garlic. They also contain phytosterol, compounds that help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of the certain cancers, as well as L-tryptophan, a natural mood booster! Check out this recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, and feel free to get creative in the kitchen with your own variation. Just stay away from those PSLs and their 50 grams of sugar.