Get creative with pumpkin consumption

My favorite part of the fall season? It’s making pumpkin a big part of my diet. Pumpkins are low in calories and loaded with nutrients like Vitamins A, B6, C and E as well as potassium and folate. This delicious fruit (pumpkin is not a vegetable!) is primarily thought of as a favorite pie ingredient and aspiring Jack ‘o Lantern. But it can be incorporated into your meals without adding sugar, as is the case in many pumpkin recipes. Here are a few health-conscious suggestions you can try:

 

Pumpkin-Inspired Meal Ideas:

    • Add canned pumpkin into a pot of hot oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon.
    • Add canned pumpkin into your pancake mix.
    • Make a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie in a blender using:
      • ½ cup pumpkin puree
      • ½ banana
      • 6 oz.  nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
      • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
      • ½ Tbsp. honey
      • 1 cup crushed ice
    • Make Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese:
      • Box of whole wheat penne pasta
      • 2 tsp. olive oil
      • 1 medium onion, chopped
      • 3 cups spinach
      • 1 can of pumpkin puree
      • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
      • ½ cup water
      • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
        • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
        • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to directions on package minus 2 minutes, and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water when done.
        • Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet. Sauté onions and spinach until softened.
        • Stir in canned pumpkin and ricotta cheese. Empty drained pasta plus 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water into skillet and mix well.
        • Spoon pasta into 11 x 7 baking dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson

Amanda has been with HealthEase since January of 2012. She is the Assistant Manager at the De Lage Landen Fitness Center in southeast Pennsylvania. Her favorite part of the job is motivating people to reach their health & fitness goals. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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