Antioxidants including vitamin A, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and beta carotene and vitamin E, copper, calcium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre.
Not only containing a large amount of vitamin A, pumpkin also contains beta carotene which can be converted to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is crucial for fighting free radicals and without enough of it our skin can become dry. This boost will help to moisturise your skin and ward off wrinkles preserving a smooth, glowing appearance, especially as the months become cooler. The addition of iron will also help to keep your skin tight as it is essential to the formation of collagen.
Pumpkin is best steamed to keep in all the nutrients, however can also be baked, boiled or stir fried. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten as a snack or sprinkled on top of a salad. Sauté the seeds in smokey paprika and salt.
TIP:When cutting a whole pumpkin, it is easiest to slice it in half, beginning at the end with the stem.