Fall is here and we’ve got pumpkin on our minds! Pumpkins are not only decorative, but they’re delicious. Pumpkins have many wonderful health benefits - not only are they particularly rich in Vitamin A, but they also contain antioxidants, as well as compounds such as beta-carotene that promote healthy skin. These nutrients and antioxidants can help to boost your immune system, protect your eyesight, lower your risk of certain cancers and promote a healthy heart.
Pumpkins are versatile and easy to integrate into your fall diet - keep reading to learn more about our favourite healthy and simple pumpkin recipes!
1. Rockin’ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Before you let the kids begin decorating their Halloween pumpkins, scoop out the seeds. These are the perfect, nutrient-rich snack! We like to roast the seeds with olive oil, salt and pepper. Feel free to season them however you fancy.
Check out Inspired Taste’s recipe for a more in-depth explanation on how to roast pumpkin seeds at home: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/35546/easy-roasted-pumpkin-seeds-recipe/
Having trouble sleeping? You may want to try these roasted pumpkin seeds before bed, they're a natural source of tryptophan - an amino acid that can help promote sleep!
2. Healthy Pumpkin Oat Muffins
These healthy pumpkin and oat muffins from the Busy Baker are a MUST TRY, even the pickiest of eaters will love them. They are low in fat and sugar but you still get a moist and flavourful muffin that is perfect as a snack when you’re on the go or as a quick breakfast alongside a cup of tea. https://thebusybaker.ca/pumpkin-oat-muffins/
3. Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones
Looking for a tender and flavourful scone without the outrageous calories? Amy’s got you covered. These delicious pumpkin spice latte scones are only 130 calories! If you’re gluten free this recipe calls for one and a half cups of whole wheat or gluten free flour, so you’re good to go! Follow the link to make these scrumptious scones: https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2017/09/14/healthy-pumpkin-spice-latte-scones/
4. Perfect Pumpkin Steamed Milk (Child approved!)
We all know kids adore the flavoured steamed milk at Starbucks but this is a much healthier option! Warm up some milk (regular, oat, almond or whatever you prefer), then stir in a couple spoonfuls of pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cloves. Stir it around until it is well blended and warm, strain the milk and, voila! You’ve got the most wonderful pumpkin steamed milk. Yumm!
5. Pleasant Pumpkin Soup
This simple vegan blog offers an amazing pumpkin soup recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes and one that your family is bound to love! Each soup serving contains only 95 calories while being creamy, satisfying and full of nutrients, sounds like a winner if you ask us. Check out the link to try it: https://simpleveganblog.com/pumpkin-soup/=
Thank you for reading - stay tuned for more fall favourites, fitness and wellness posts! Like what we’re sharing? Let us know by commenting below! Looking for something different? We’d love to hear your ideas!