Health Watch -- The Spooky Season: Pumpkins

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about having a safe and happy Halloween. We usually associate Halloween with candy, but this could also be a good time to introduce your kids to something nutritious: pumpkin!

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says pumpkins are low in fat and calories and a great source of fiber and vitamins. That can be a tough sell with kids, but the idea that they're eating a jack o'lantern might make pumpkin more appealing. Pumpkin can be baked like a winter squash, and it's also a good base for soups, which are even more fun if you serve them in mini-pumpkin bowls. Meanwhile, roasted pumpkin seeds make a great nutritious snack.

When you buy a pumpkin for carving, also buy a smaller baking pumpkin for eating.




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October 2006

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