Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pumpkin Perks

Hello y'all! Here's what I did today as a workout:

40 minutes in the elliptical
Wide grip pull-downs 3x15
Weighted lunges 2x10
Reverse grip pull-downs 3x15
Leg presses 2x10
One-arm dumbbell row 3x15
Weighted lunges 2x10
Preacher curls 2x20, super-set with standing dumbbell curls 2x20
Ok, you all know how much I heart the Fall season. I totally love the festivities that accompany this time of year, like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Besides loving the festivities, I equally love the food we eat during this time; this includes of course, pumpkins! This signature fruit has many healthy perks and benefits and let's not forget, endless mouthwatering recipes, such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, etc.

Here are a few reasons to eat pumpkins this season:
1. Pumpkins contain vitamin A, which aids in vision, especially in dim light.

2. Pumpkins contain a bunch of fiber, which helps you go to the bathroom. It also makes you feel fuller longer which helps you eat less.
3. Pumpkin seeds helps lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol.

*Bad cholesterol*
4. Pumpkins are full of beta-carotene, which is an anti-oxidant that may reduce cancer risks.
5. The beta-carotene in pumpkins may also prevent wrinkles.

6. Pumpkin seeds boost the production of serotonin in your brain, which may help you get in a good mood.
7. Pumpkins give you energy with their high levels of potassium. The potassium also provides electrolytes and helps keep your muscles working at their best.

8. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin C which helps fight off colds while making your immune system stronger.

What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?
I am grateful that my SunWarrior
protein arrived yesterday in the mail.
I couldn't bear another scoop of pea protein. 


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