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2023 Author: Gabrielle Mercer | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 12:25
It is our soul food for autumn! We'll tell you why the pumpkin is so healthy. We also have the recipe for the perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Autumn not only means colorful leaves, long walks and thick blankets, but also: pumpkin season! The summer could have stayed a little longer, but we have to admit that we are especially looking forward to the bright orange superfood. In many kitchens, the pumpkin is the number one favorite product in autumn. And that's good! After all, it has all sorts of health benefits to offer.
They contain vitamins and minerals
Pumpkins contain many vitamins, including beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which is believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. They also provide valuable minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Pumpkins are very nutritious, naturally sweet and can therefore be used both as savory and as a pastry. The vitamin C it contains can help to strengthen our immune system. The high amount of fiber also stimulates our digestion, regulates blood sugar and helps lower cholesterol levels.
They are low in calories
Pumpkins have a high proportion of water - and are therefore very low in calories. The spicy nutmeg squash has only 19 calories per 100 grams, the spaghetti squash, with its stringy pulp, has 31, the nutty-tart butternut squash has 38 and the particularly flavorful Hokkaido 63. All varieties are also very low in fat.
The perfect pumpkin spice latte
In the pumpkin season, drinks such as the Pumpkin Spice Latte are also a real hit at various fast food chains. You should be careful here! Sometimes drinks like this don't even contain real pumpkin, just artificial flavor enhancers. In addition, a large amount of sugar. So we'd better make our Pumpkin Spice Latte ourselves this year.
That's how it's done:
Heat 150 ml (oat) milk, sweetness of your choice (sugar, maple syrup, honey etc.) and an espresso in a small saucepan. Then add some vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and a large spoonful of pumpkin puree. Mix everything together and pour into a large mug. (For the pumpkin puree, simply cook a piece of pumpkin - Hokkaido is best - cook it in the oven and then carefully mash it with a fork.) Froth 150 more ml (oat) milk and pour it over the pumpkin mixture. The much healthier version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is ready!