Peter, Peter’s a Smart Pumpkin Eater

Pumpkin — don’t toss this nutrition gold mine away after having carved your Halloween jack-o’-lantern! The deep orange color is a dead giveaway that this squash cousin is filled with beta-carotene — a powerful antioxidant pro-vitamin that prevents heart disease and reduce cholesterol.

Pumpkin is also high in fiber, potassium, and zinc; three more nutrients that Americans have a hard time getting enough of.

Prevent Heart Disease With Pumpkin Pudding
Pumpkin pudding is packed with antioxidants and vitamins and is a delicious seasonal treat

Holiday series: Light pumpkin pudding

Packed with vitamins, this seasonal treat is fabulous!

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  •  1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  •  1 ¼ cups fat-free milk

Mix all ingredients together and place in individual bowls. Chill until set. Serve with nonfat whipped topping.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

  • Calories: 77
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 2 mg
  • Sodium: 380 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 15 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g

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