Family Medicine in Austin: Holiday Health – Pumpkins

It’s time for another Austin-area family medicine 101 class!

Food is pretty much what the holidays are about for many of us. I know for me, this time of year just wouldn’t be the same without two or three large meals with some specific dishes like turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes.

But is it possible to get through the holidays without abandoning ALL healthy options? It turns out that many traditional holiday foods are also super-foods, so stock up on those this season. And, of course, choose the holiday recipe that calls for these foods in the healthiest manner.

Today we’re talking about pumpkins. Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, including Vitamin A. And it’s high in fiber and low in calories. And it’s not just for pie. Try adding pumpkin to plain yogurt for a snack, a whole wheat muffin recipe or buckwheat pancake batter for a holiday breakfast. You can make pumpkin ravioli, add pumpkin to your traditional pasta sauce, or make pumpkin soup.

Search around online until you find the pumpkin recipe that’s right for you. So remember holiday meals can be huge and hearty while still benefiting your health.

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