Pumpkin Pointers for Healthy Fall Eating
Calling all pumpkin lovers! If the only pumpkin you have this fall season is in the form of a pumpkin spice latte, you may be missing out on the slew of free radical fighting antioxidants found in this tasty orange type of squash. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is a pigment and antioxidant responsible for protecting our vision. What’s more, plain pumpkin puree is high in fiber and low in calories, making it a perfect ingredient to use in healthy cooking.
Not sure how to consume more pumpkin other than in the form of a dessert such as pumpkin pie? We’ve rounded up four unique ways to eat pumpkin that are sure to please every palate. Share your favorite uses for pumpkin by tagging your picture or recipe with the #0to60 hashtag on social media, and enjoy!
PUMPKIN POINTER #1: Make a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
For a taste of pumpkin pie without all the added sugar or crust, try adding a dollop or two of plain pumpkin puree into your smoothie. While the varieties are endless, we’ve used recipes calling for the pumpkin puree to be mixed with half of a frozen banana, vanilla yogurt or a vanilla protein powder, your favorite milk of choice, and a few ice cubes. Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!
PUMPKIN POINTER #2: Add Pumpkin to Your Chili
Pumpkin is one versatile food. Not only can pumpkin be used in sweet dishes, but pumpkin is a great addition to many savory entrees. Pumpkin puree can be easily mixed into a veggie or turkey chili for extra fiber and flavor.
PUMPKIN POINTER #3: Mix Pumpkin in With Your Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a healthy way to enjoy breakfast, but adding the same toppings or mix-ins can get old fast. To mix it up and make pumpkin spice oatmeal, stir in a spoonful or two of pumpkin puree along with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
PUMPKIN POINTER #4: Use Pumpkin as a Healthy Baking Substitute
Swap out added oils or butter for pumpkin puree and surprise your tastebuds with the delicious result! Simply add a 15 oz. can of plain pumpkin puree to your favorite box of brownie or pancake mix for a tasty treat with only two ingredients.