Calabaza!

That’s Spanish for Pumpkin. 🙂

This is Cohen’s first Halloween! Well, I guess technically its his second but he was barely a month old in that picture, this time last year. Not a whole lot you can do with them when they’re that teeny tiny.

This past weekend, Cohen, now one, experienced his first pumpkin patch and saying he was excited, is an understatement! Jeremy and I took him to the Avila Valley Barn in Avila Beach, CA. What an incredibly magical place!

It’s a year round local favorite, complete with ice cream shop, farmer’s market, farm pets, and hay rides that take you out to pick your own fresh produce. Fantastic!

We had such an amazing time! Cohen’s little face just lit up as we took him to visit the animals and walk out into the field of pumpkins. My child had zero reservations about something new and different, let me just tell you. He actually tried to climb the fence at one point and get in with the animals. It was humorous to say the least, and daddy sure had his hands full trying to keep him from getting into EVERYTHING!

I really cannot say enough about this place and what an incredible time we had. If you ever get a chance to visit the Central Coast of California, its a MUST see.

With Halloween, and the Holiday season just around the corner, I thought I would share some great benefits to eating this delicious and fun fruit, the pumpkin!

High in Fiber: Fiber has a positive effect on the digestive process, regulates bowel movements, and plays an important role in metabolism.

Packed with Potassium: Potassium is an essential mineral, important for heart health and muscular contraction.

Rich in Alpha and Beta Carotene: Alpha-carotene is believed to prevent cataracts in the eyes and possibly even slow down the aging process. Beta-carotene (transformed into Vitamin A by the body) is a powerful antioxidant that is beneficial for circulation, our immune system, and plays a major role in disease prevention.

Don’t throw away the seeds!

Pumpkin seeds offer some really great benefits too! Some of them include phytosterols which lower LDL cholesterol levels, promotes prostate and bladder health, a great source of magnesium, and even proven helpful in the treatment of depression due to  its L-tryptophan content, and a WHOLE LOT MORE! Roast them, throw them in salad, and even bake them into your favorite treats.

Don’t forget to carve a jack o’ lantern and have some PIE! 🙂

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s