It’s Halloween!!!!

The nutritional value of pumpkins

The nutritional value of pumpkins

Time for pumpkins, lanterns, candy, candy, spiders and spider webs, haunted houses and candy, candy and ghosts, haunted houses and goblins. Scarecrows and more candy!!!! Whewwwwww.

Some things amaze me about Halloween.

  • People go out of their way to create something which is intended to scare people.
  • People. Ironically, are more amused than scared.
  • Goblins, ghosts and witches all of a sudden come out in the daytime.
  • People buy candy to give as gifts to kids who can’t eat it, because they can’t trust people who give them candy.
  • So the only one who benefits are the people selling the candy.

And this activity is so powerful, that adults hesitate to say no to children, even when they don’t believe in it themselves.

The tradition now is for churches and parents who want to dissuade children from taking part in Halloween related events, and “trick or treating” to provide a substitute activity. I never got the wisdom in that. It goes in the same category of electronic cigarettes. “The real thing is bad, but we can still do it in a different way.” We know we are still inhaling chemicals, but at least there is no smoke to offend anyone.  “And then we tell children to “Just say no” Is there something wrong with saying “no” without a “BUT”.

I also have to beg the Halloween question.

Isn’t there enough scary stuff that occurs naturally in this life, that we have to make more? Goblins, and spiders, and ghosts, and demons etc. etc. probably elicit more giggles and smiles at this time of the year than they do feelings of fear. But, “by what-ever means necessary”.  Laughter is good for the soul.

I for one, think there is more than enough scary things among us.

  • I get scared every-time I see a pic of a child on FB with cancer, and think of how many more thousands they are that will most likely never make it.
  •  I get scared when I read about what we are expected to eat for food that destroys our body.
  •  I get scared every-time I hear of a child who is allergic to everything under the sun and know that it did not just happen, and no one cares to investigate and deal with the causes.
  •  I get scared that the ways things are going, future generations will be even worse off.
  • I get scared when legal firms advertise law suits against drug companies for feeding drugs to children that cause boys to grow boobs.
  •  No. I’m not scared of goblins and spiders. I’m scared of men in suits who feed poison to children.
  • We are all different. Aren’t we?

Halloween also fills the communities with the sight of pumpkins . Big ones, little ones, smooth ones, curly ones, scary ones, cut ones and whole ones. Glowing ones and sad ones. …… And in a few weeks rotting ones and dried ones.

I marvel at the amount of pumpkins displayed on door steps, fruit stands, super markets, on the side of the road, and everywhere except in our menus.

Churches organize events to sell pumpkins, and parents organize pumpkin carving parties.

All this reminds me of the saying “Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink”

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere, and not a bite to eat.

I am not qualified to say how much of the pumpkins are eaten, but I doubt that after they sit outside with holes cut in them that they will be eaten.

I once went on a school field trip to a pumpkin farm (pumpkin patch) and the object was to give the kids the opportunity to pick pumpkins. The thrill was over once the pumpkins were used as decorations for the Pre-thanksgiving party

And all I could think is “What a waste”

Oh how I wished that I could teach them the nutritional value of pumpkins, and how to value what has been generously provided for us by nature.  But what am I to say. We only think of our bodies and nutrition when our body starts to rebel. What’s more, we may think of our body when it becomes ill but still most don’t add nutrition, or lack of it, to the equation.

Pumpkins are one of those vegetables with a concentration of nutrients. We know by now that the color of a produce, whether it is a fruit or vegetable, is a strong indicator of the nutrients it contains.

Because of their orange color:

  • Pumpkins are good for heart health. Anti-oxidants in pumpkins keep blood vessels healthy and contribute to good Heart-Health.
  • Have you ever heard how good carrots are for your eyes?  It is because the color indicates that they are rich in beta carotene. So does sweet potatoes. This anti-oxidant compound is thought (By the American Cancer Society) to help prevent cancer.
  • Pumpkins are very high in fiber. They are also low in calories. Fiber keeps you feeling fuller longer, and in this way can contribute to weight loss. Fiber also aids your good health in other ways. See this article.
  • Want healthy looking skin?  The anti-oxidant power of beta carotene and other carotenoids, in pumpkins, helps to eliminate free radicals, and help to prevent wrinkles.
  • DON’T FORGET the pumpkin seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols which help to protect the heart.  They also have an adequate supply of tryptophan which helps to produce serotonin. Serotonin boosts your mood.  A good mood prevents a lot of internal stress, which can do your body more good than imaginable.
  • Pumpkin is loaded with potassium which helps to replenish energy and is necessary for the proper functioning of your heart, kidneys and other organs. It also plays a crucial role in digestion.
  • Pumpkins have a more than adequate supply of Vitamin C which goes a long way in boosting your immune system. >
  • And because most people think they are of aesthetic value only, they are smashed and discarded after Halloween. .. Again, it brings some people joy, and a little joy goes a long way.

 Pumpkins are indeed edible!!

pumpkin pancakes. Way more nutritious than wheat alone.

pumpkin pancakes. Way more nutritious than wheat alone.

Pumpkins are so versatile culinarily. Bread, cakes,  muffins, Pancakes, and soups can always benefit from adding pumpkin.  And one does not have to wait for Halloween and utilize pumpkin.

pumpkin icecream. Another delicious way to eat pumpkin.

pumpkin icecream. Another delicious way to eat pumpkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember when pumpkin puree was the first solid food given to babies in my country.  And the one treat I miss from not eating corn is “conkies” It is impossible to explain the deliciousness to those who are not familiar. But suffice it to say, that of all the foods and baked goods I loved which are made from grains. This is the only one I really miss.

Pumpkin is one of the main ingredients.

Pumpkin is one of the main ingredients.

 

Pumpkin is one of the main ingredients.

Pumpkin is one of the main ingredients.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to end on a good note!!  My joy from Halloween is going to be able to buy lots of DARK CHOCOLATE on sale next week. You see!!! Every cloud has a silver lining.

Dark Chocolate for your Health and Wellness.

Dark Chocolate for your Health and Wellness.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it took me more than a while to figure out why spell check kept telling me that I spelled Halloween wrong. Of course!  It’s an official holiday and starts with a capitol H. But why would I think to remember that? I must not be a Halloween enthusiast. Oh Well!!!!

Have fun my friends!!!!

PS. Do you eat “trick or treat candy”  Share your views in the comments below.

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