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Hi guys, it’s Faith, with The Mesothelioma Center. We have a new health and wellness
video for you today, and we’re going to be getting into the fall spirit and whipping
up a batch of healthy pumpkin muffins. A few days ago over on the patient blog, we
shared our five favorite tips for getting extra fruit and vegetables into your diet.
My personal favorite was to add some vegetables to your baked goods. We all crave treats from
time to time –so why not make them as nutritious as possible?
While pumpkin is technically a fruit, it's still loaded with potassium, fiber, vitamin
C, and beta carotene. One cup of pumpkin puree contains nearly three times the recommended
daily amount of vitamin A, which some studies suggest may inhibit cancer growth.
Now I made these a little healthier than a traditional muffin by swapping out white flower
for wheat flour, and refined white sugar for natural maple syrup. I also added some walnuts,
which are extremely high in polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful anticarcinogenic agents.
Now we’re gonna go ahead and start with our dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine:
• 1 ½ cups whole grain flour • ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and
allspice • Pinch of salt
Give that a quick stir and start working on the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. In
the wet ingredients bowl, mix together: • 2 eggs
• 1 cup pumpkin puree • 1/3 cup cinnamon applesauce
• 3/4 cup maple syrup • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Once the wet ingredients are distributed, add the contents of your bowl into your dry
ingredients. Then stir in ¼ cup chopped walnuts. Stir it together until everything is just
combined. You can your hand mixer or a spatula. Pour your batter into muffin trays or silicone
cups…and pop in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. You’ll know they’re done if you
can stick a toothpick into the muffin and it comes out clean.
Now I personally love topping these with pumpkin cream cheese or whipped honey butter. Those
are especially great options if you’re looking to get some extra calories into your diet.
Now these muffins are obviously a less healthy choice than a big salad or a plate of steamed
greens, but it's still a fun way to sneak some extra fruit into your diet. If you try
this recipe and like it – or if you have another favorite vegetable recipe – come
on over to asbestos.com and let us know. See you soon!