Pumpkin and Pork: A Healthy Fall Food Duo
By Brandi Swieter
With October deemed National Pork Month, as well as being Halloween where pumpkins prevail, it's a great time to enjoy this winning combination. Pork isn't the healthiest option out there compared to poultry, but it does offer some benefits. Pumpkin offers huge advantages to health as long as it isn't just used for a pie. Create a pumpkin and pork dish for a delicious and healthy treat to enjoy this fall.
First, a Look at the Health Benefits
Pumpkin offers more than enough Vitamin A to get a person through the day. In fact, just one cup contains 245 percent of the daily recommended intake. This vitamin is responsible for helping vital organs function, maintaining eye health, and boosting immunity.
Vitamin C and potassium are in high amounts in pumpkin as well. These help to fight off illness and fight the effects of sodium. Vitamin C also fights infection while potassium boosts energy. Pumpkin is a great choice for anyone in need of a nutrient boost.
Pork is great for protein. Most cuts of the meal contain at least 20 grams. Some offer a lot more. Protein is necessary for repairing damage within the body and keeping it strong. Vitamin B6, niacin, selenium, and iron are also plentiful in pork. These nutrients are vital for the functioning of different systems throughout the body.
A Dish to Enjoy
Both foods can be added together to make a delectable dish. A pork and pumpkin stew is one option. It works great over the stove or in the crock pot. The recipe calls for a pork shoulder cut into cubes, but any type of pork will do. Leaner cuts will work just as well for those who want to lessen the calorie count. Peeled and diced pumpkin is next on the ingredient list. A pound of it is best for a full recipe. Applesauce, ginger, onion, pepper, and diced tomatoes help round out the dish. Give it a try and you may have a new fall favorite to enjoy over the typical beef stew with potatoes and carrots.
Pumpkin and pork are both celebrated in October. Now is the time to try out some recipes using the two foods and find some favorites to continue enjoying throughout fall and winter. Both offer important benefits to health that make them a worthwhile combination.
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