Are you familiar with the term superfood? We consider a superfood to be any food that yields additional health benefit beyond providing us with basic macronutrients. Each month, we promote a different superfood in the dining halls by incorporating it into our weekly menu, conducting unique superfood recipe tastings, and displaying superfood facts throughout the dining halls. In case you missed it, October’s featured superfood is pumpkin. Pumpkin is more than just a symbol for fall – it’s packed with Beta Carotene, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage that could lead to chronic disease and accelerate the aging process. Beta carotene is also a provitamin, meaning it is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for building and maintaining skin, teeth, and skeletal tissue, as well as keeping our vision sharp.
Enjoy this month’s superfood and remember not to throw out the seeds – they’re also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!
Visit our school’s food service website (below) and look under the Resources tab to download this month’s Superfood Pumpkin Recipe Packet: