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Pumpkin: A complete guide

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A nutritionally dense but low-calorie fruit, pumpkin is a smart addition to any diet.

Its versatility in both sweet and savoury dishes make it easy to sneak in every day - not just around Halloween or Thanksgiving!

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Health benefits
Rich source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant converted to vitamin A in the body.
Good source of potassium, reducing the risk of strokes and high blood pressure.
Good source of vitamin C, boosting immunity and fighting against infection.
Good source of vitamin E, promoting optimal eye and skin health.
Good source of zinc, promoting fertility and aiding sexual health.

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How to enjoy
Blend into pumpkin puree and enjoy alone, or in place of oil and/or butter.
Enjoy a home-made pumpkin pie, or mixed into other baked goods (think cakes, muffins and slices).
Simply roasted with other mixed veg for healthy wedges and/or sides to meals.
Added to your favourite soups or stews.
Mashed and mixed through porridge, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Grab a handful of pumpkin seeds as a portable snack on-the-go.

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Are you a lover of pumpkin? Share with us your favourite recipes and suggestions!

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