IT’S PUMPKIN SEASON!

9d2b2d6163c69cad80d4b245de1fe756It’s that time of year!  Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A and fiber. One cup of canned pumpkin has 7 grams of fiber (more than 2 slices of whole grain bread) which is sure to help you stay full!  It also has Vitamin C and lots of other great nutrients!

But not all pumpkin items are healthy.  A Starbucks pumpkin scone has 480 calories (150 from fat).  Instead,  try these Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin Tops from  Athletic Avocado

 

Did you know that a Starbucks grande pumpkin spice latte has 420 calories?  Order a grande with nonfat milk and no whip lowers it to 260 cals. Or try making your own with this recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.

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Or How about  using pumpkin in smoothies? Here’s a protein packed recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup icepumpkin-pie-smoothie

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