Embracing the Fall-Induced Pumpkin Craze

It’s official, folks. Fall is in full swing and people are clamoring to get their hands on anything and everything pumpkin spice.

Surprisingly, not all pumpkin indulgences have to come with a side order of guilt. Pumpkins have some surprising health benefits that may warrant a trip to the pumpkin patch or the seasonal foods aisle at the store. They have been shown to help improve vision, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol for a healthier heart.

This might not be the case for most pumpkin spice lattes, which pack quite a punch in terms of sugar and fat content. However, there are tons of other healthy recipes you can enjoy this fall that will let you give in to the pumpkin craze without having to worry. Some of these are even as simple as quickly roasting some pumpkin seeds for a snack that may even be shown to improve mood and help you feel fuller throughout the day.

Take a look at these 17 different pumpkin-themed recipes to enjoy as we ride out the season: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307007,00.html

Also feel free to check out this article, which delves a bit more into the health benefits of pumpkins: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html