|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
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