As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m a big fan of pure pumpkin. Don’t get me wrong – I love a slice of homemade pie like anyone else, but why should we limit pumpkins’ spotlight to the Thanksgiving table?
Pure pumpkin is loaded in nutritional value. Be sure to grab the 100% Pure Pumpkin and not the sweetened pumpkin pie filling. Here are a few reasons why I love cooking with pumpkin:
–Low Calorie: A 1/2 c serving is only 40 calories
-Rich in Dietary Fiber.
-Loaded in Vitamin A which promotes healhty vision and improved immune function.
-Full of Beta-Carotene, a powerful antioxidant.
-Naturally low in sodium.
Do you love to bake? Use pure pumpkin in place of half of the required oil. Want an easy snack? Mix it with yogurt and use it as a fruit dip. Craving something creamy? Stir it into low fat riccotta cheese for a lighter alternative to ice cream. Or, try my Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie as a perfect mid-day or post-workout snack. Just one serving provides 5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein for just 126 calories.
Your straw is waiting.
Place milk, pumpkin, yogurt, vanilla, spices and sweetener of choice in a blender and puree until smooth.
Add as much ice as you'd like and puree again.
Pour into two glasses and serve with a dash of nutmeg on top of each smoothie.
Excellent source of Vitamin A, good source of Calcium
Photography by Alejandro Photography // Recipe by The Lemon Bowl