It is pumpkin season, and while we might think of pumpkins as decoration, they are actually good for much more than carving. Pumpkins are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which can help keep blood pressure in check. They are loaded with vitamins C and E, iron, and folate, all of which strengthen our immune system.  Consuming pumpkin may also improve our vision, lower the risk of cancer, and leave us feeling full for longer, which promotes weight loss.

So, if pumpkin is so good for us, why not enjoy that spiced pumpkin latte or pumpkin muffin? Well, they are loaded with sugar, which defeats the whole point. Instead, roasted pumpkin seeds or savory dishes such as pumpkin soup will give you the most bang for your pumpkin buck.

Here are some healthy pumpkin recipes to include in your next meal or dessert:

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    Irina / Unsplash

    Healthy and Easy Pumpkin Soup

    A can of pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and warm spices come together in this Healthy and Easy Pumpkin Soup. It's perfect for a nutritious vegan dinner or lunch that is full of fall flavor!

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    Dan Torres / Unsplash

    Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

    Whip up these delicious healthy pumpkin pancakes for a breakfast that embodies fall itself. Quick and easy, it'll leave you feeling full and in the fall spirit!

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    Henry Perks / Unsplash

    Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin

    For a meal packed with nutrients and no added sugar, try this roasted pumpkin recipe! It's also wonderful as a side dish as a replacement for potatoes.

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