Pumpkin isnâ€™t just for pies. Get radiant skin with this â€śno-bakeâ€ť pumpkin dessert.
Abundant in the beautiful autumn months, pumpkin is a wonderful skin-healthy food. It is perfect for muffins, breads, soups, risotto, frittata, side dishes and yes, desserts. I wanted to share a tasty recipe for Pumpkin Mousse, made with skin (and waistline) healthy tofu, ginger and banana.
Research shows that eating bright colored foods like pumpkin, which are loaded with alpha and beta carotene, can give our skin a healthier glow then the sun.
And the best partâ€”itâ€™s so easy. Fresh pumpkin is great, but canned pumpkin is equally healthy, just make sure that the only ingredient is pumpkin and it does not contain added sugars or syrupsâ€”which are linked with premature wrinkles.
Why Pumpkin Gives Great Skin
The alpha and beta-carotene in pumpkin are potent antioxidants that our bodies convert into vitamin A carotenoids. These nutrients may help reverse skin damage and keep your body stocked with free radical fighting antioxidants. This festive fall squash is just loaded with nutrients, and itâ€™s super low-calorie too: One cup of cooked pumpkin contains just 49 calories! But itâ€™s packed with 2,650 IUâ€™s of Vitamin A, 33mg of Calcium, 564 mg of Potassium, Folate 21mcg, along with Fiber 3g, Iron 1.4mg, Vitamin E 3mg, Zinc 1mg, Selenium .50mg, Protein 2 g and 12mg of Vitamin C.
Recipe: Ginger, Banana, Tofu and Pumpkin Mousse
Besides the skin-glowing benefits of pumpkin, this delish recipe delivers wrinkle-fighting and complexion-enhancing nutrients, too. The tofu provides body-building protein, isoflavones, omega-3 fatty acids and is considered a complete vegetable protein supplying the essential amino acids to replenish and rebuild our bodyâ€™s cells, tissue and organs.
No â€śTrickâ€ť to Make This Ever-So-Easy â€śTreatâ€ť:
In food processor, add one large ripe banana and pulse until smooth. Then add 8 ounces of Silken extra Firm Tofu, 15 ounces pure canned pumpkin, one tablespoon agave nectar, 2 Â˝ teaspoons ground cinnamon, ÂĽ teaspoon ground ginger, ÂĽ teaspoon ground nutmeg and mix until well blended scraping down the sides of bowl if necessary. Scoop into bowl or individual containers, cover and refrigerate until set, about one hour and serve.
Make it Party-Pretty
Scoop into stylish martini glasses and garnish with toasted crumbled walnuts or shaved dark chocolate for a real holiday treat! Enjoy and eat to glowâ€”inside and out!
Makes seven servings.