Peter, Peter Pumpkin-Eater

Photo by Caitlin Covington

Pumpkins are good for more than just a bit of seasonal décor. They pack in antioxidants (which protect cells from environmental damage), and beta-carotene (which the body converts to vitamin A), plus a healthy dose of fiber and protein. And hopefully, you held on to your Jack-o-lantern’s seeds— they’re full of protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It’s a piece-o-pie to add either fresh or canned pumpkin to all your favorite recipes. And we won’t tell if you keep this habit up well into the spring.

The Takeaway: Both pumpkins and their seeds are a healthy addition to your diet no matter what the season.

Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast?!

Add canned pumpkin andpumpkin pie seasoning (or spices of your choice) to your morning oatmeal to satisfy a pumpkin pie craving at any hour.

Fun Fact: Jack-o-lanterns are named after an Irish myth about a man named “Stingy Jack” who invited the devil to drink with him, but then didn’t want to pick up the tab. The tale ends (spoiler alert!) with Jack carrying around a lit coal in a turnip for all eternity.