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Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Hazelnut Cake Recipes with The Healthy Benefits

What's so good about pumpkins, anyway? No matter how health conscious your eating habits, everyone needs a little dessert sometimes. Pumpkin is perfect when you want a healthy treat. That way, you can have all of the enjoyment without any of the guilt. Pumpkin can be used as a fat substitute in many recipes as well.

Pumpkin meat is very high in carotenoids. They're what give pumpkins their orange color—but that's the least of their benefits. Carotenoids are really good at neutralizing free radicals, nasty molecules that can attack cell membranes and leave the cells vulnerable to damage.

Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals in the lens of the eye. Therefore, they may help prevent the formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem than usually results in blindness.

High in fiber (high fiber diets aid the digestive process; help with weight management by helping you feel fuller sooner; help lo…

Fruit Kabobs with Lime Dip

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4 ounces low-fat, sugar-free lemon or lime yogurt 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
4 to 6 pineapple chunks 4 to 6 watermelon chunks  4 to 6 strawberries sliced 1 kiwi, peeled and diced 1/2 banana, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (optional dipped in lemon juice to avoid browning) 4 to 6 red grapes and green 4 wooden skewers
Directions In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lime juice and lime zest. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Thread one of each fruit onto the skewer. Repeat with the other skewers until all fruits are used. Serve with lime dip. Eat your fruits and vegetables, one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. And for good reason. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

 Compared with thos…