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Why I Love Pumpkin...and You Should Too!!

Posted by jrrobert02@yahoo.com on October 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

One of the best things about Fall is endulging in all things PUMPKIN!!!  I love it all; pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin brownies, pumkin creamer, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and on I could go.  Even better is knowing it has so many fabulous health benefits!  Check out this link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html  to learn more about how "a pumpkin a day can keep the doctor away" ;)

Although, pumpkin itself is a powerful food with many health benefits, most of the things I love with pumpkin also seem to be higher in calorie, carbohydrates, and fats; therefore an excess can easily sabotage ones fitness goals in just one season.  As a result I've had to get a little creative in getting my "fix".  Most recently I've been finding great joy in just adding a bit of pumpkin spice to my coffee instead of fulling indulging in one of the calorie ladden lattes.  I also like to end my day by mixing 1 tbsp of can pumpkin and a dash of pumpkin spice to my vanilla greek yogurt and add a sprinkle of shaved dark chocolate to the top...Mmmmm. 

I've also learn to modify and search for new creative recipes, below I've share my newest finds.

Pumpkin Brownies

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 eggs

1 tbsp canola oil

1/2 cup spelt flour

1/4 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup almond meal

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 tsp baking powder

dash of salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

Semi Sweet Choc Chips - to taste


Mix dry ingrediants, then add wet, and mix well.  Pour in a sprayed pie pan and cook on 350 for 20 mins.  Cool and enjoy!


Grain Free Single Serve Pumpkin Fluff*

1 tbsp can pumpkin

1 tbsp almond butter

1tsp egg white

2 drops of vanilla

dash of salt

dash of baking soda

dash of baking powder 


Mix with fork in sprayed coffee mug and microwave for 60 sec.  Cool and top with a little powder sugar!  Only 100 Calories too!!!

* Modified from Sara Police -Nutritionist


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