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3 Reasons Why Being Basic This Fall Can Help You Stay Fit

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The “Basic” starter pack includes: Uggs, North Face zip-up, leggings (preferably lululemon) and of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It seems like everything is pumpkin: candles, waffles, yogurt, literally everything in Trader Joe’s.  But aside from the social satire of pumpkins and basics, there are actually some great health benefits to [the natural] pumpkins.

  1. Post-workout pumpkin
    • Pumpkins are a great source of potassium.  Post-workout, potassium intake restores the body’s balance of electrolytes.  The most commonly known source of potassium for after a hard workout is a banana, but why not get creative with a little pumpkin puree to help the body replace those electrolytes lost through sweat.
    • Try this recipe:
      • Ingredients:
        1 medium banana (sliced and frozen)
        ½ cup pumpkin puree, canned (note, this is 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
        3 ½ tbsp raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
        ¾ cup skim milk
        ½ cup water
        1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced/grated
        3 tbsp instant oatmeal (dry)
        ½ tsp pumpkin spice (or to taste)
  2. Skinny Pumpkin
    • Pumpkins pack a great source of fiber, which helps to keep us fuller longer.  Not to mention it keeps us regular…here’s why. Fiber is a carb that isn’t easily digested by the body, therefore it passes through your system rather quickly without causing your blood sugar to rise.
  3. Count your pumpkins instead of sheep
    • Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, a.k.a. the amino acid in turkey that makes us sleepy.  Tryptophan also aids the body in producing serotonin, which is the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps us to relax and unwind.

Adding pumpkin into your diet this fall can be a great way to supplement your usual routine while staying within the guidelines of your macros or other lifestyle choices.  It’s fresh and in-season, not to mention it’s trending.  Perhaps the “Basics” were onto something with their pumpkin obsession?