(These tips brought to you by D.C. Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corner Stores)


Why Should I Eat It?

  • Just two tablespoons of canned pumpkin has 100% of your Vitamin A, which is great for your eyes
  • Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, which is particularly important for men’s health!
  • Pumpkin pie has less than half the calories of pecan pie


How Do I Eat It?

  • Canned pumpkin is the easiest way to eat it
  • Mix 1 can tomatoes, 1 can black beans, 1 can red beans, and 1 can pumpkin to make a delicious chili
  • Add pumpkin and cinnamon to oatmeal for a pumpkin pie-flavored breakfast
  • Choose roasted pumpkin seeds for a cheap, healthy snack


Pumpkin pancakesTasty, Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes
Total time: 20 min  | Servings: 6


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk (can be any kind)
  • 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg


  1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, melted butter and egg. Fold wet mixture into dry ingredients.
  3. Spray or grease a skillet and heat over medium heat. Once hot, pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side.

Tip: for an even easier version, substitute pumpkin puree for half of the water in pancake mix.


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