3 Reasons Why Being Basic This Fall Can Help You Stay Fit
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.
- 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:
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)
- 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.
- 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?
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