Before You Smash That Pumpkin, Juice It!

Pumpkin Juice Recipe
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 20 ounces
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
195 Calories
1g Fat
51g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 195
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 863mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pumpkins are not just delightfully scary Halloween decorations! Nutritional science discovered new surprises about your Jack O'Lantern! 

Vegetarians and vegans have long known that pumpkin is a good source of vegetable protein. New England settlers long ago fermented pumpkin to make ale. Now researchers have found a host of compounds in the pumpkin that actually heal! 

Two in particular, trigonelline and nicotinic acid, improve insulin and glucose levels in diabetics. Plus a rich content of antioxidants known as polyphenols help shield the skin and eyes from harmful UV rays thus defending against skin wrinkles and macular degeneration, and slowing the development of Alzheimer’s. 

And that’s not all! Pumpkins are full of vitamins, minerals, calcium and fiber. They’re low in calories with no saturated fats or cholesterol. The fiber in pumpkin helps create a sense of fullness which aids in weight loss efforts. The seeds are rich in zinc. But most importantly, this pumpkin juice recipe is scary delicious! Even your kids will love it!

Oh, and one more surprise! Pumpkin is actually a berry!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed pumpkin

  • 3 green apples

  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger

  • Cinnamon, to taste

  • Clove, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. No need for any added sweeteners! Pumpkin (and the apples) provide some natural sweetness to make this juice recipe one of the most delicious you’ll ever taste!

  3. First wash the outside of the pumpkin because we’re going to use it! That’s right, juicing the skin of the pumpkin is as important as juicing the meat, because the skin is nutrient rich. Same for the apple.

  4. Now cut your pumpkin into chunks and drop them raw right into your juicer or smoothie machine.

  5. By the way, the ginger, clove and cinnamon are also packed with newly discovered healing properties so drink up - it's tasty AND healthy!

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  1. US Department of Agriculture. Pumpkin. Updated April 1, 2019.