It’s Pumpkin Season!
Pumpkin is all the rage right
now. It’s everywhere in the fall. I personally look forward to that first
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte every year.
(Dunkin ain’t got nothin’ on Starbucks!)
I also love a good Shipyard Pumpkinhead—with cinnamon on the rim, of
While a Grande Pumpkin Spice
Latte is 380 calories, 13g of fat and 49g of sugars (from starbucks.com),
pumpkin as a vegetable is very nutritious and beneficial to your diet.
Pumpkin is high in fiber and low
in calories. An excellent combo to keep
you feeling full longer.
High in Vitamin A, a fat-soluble
vitamin that is essential for vision. It
also aides in the functioning of your heart, lungs, and kidneys.
High in Vitamin C, which helps to
keep the immune system in check and promotes cardiovascular health.
Contains Vitamin E which actually
helps to protect the skin from sun damage.
(You still need to wear sunscreen!)
High in Potassium, an essential
nutrient to maintain electrolyte balance in the body.
A great natural source of iron. Iron is needed for the red blood cells to
transport oxygen. Iron deficiency causes
fatigue and weakness. I dealt with this
in high school. Not good for runners!
Contains the antioxidant beta-carotene,
which has been said to play a role in preventing cancers.
Pumpkin seeds contain an
antioxidant that aids in lowering LDLs aka the bad cholesterol.
My favorite recipe using pumpkin
is still Hungry Girl’s Yum Yum Brownie Muffins.
They are super easy to make—just 2 ingredients—and a chocolate treat
that’s high in fiber.
18.25 oz box devil’s food cake mix
15 oz can pure pumpkin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pour cake mix into large bowl and
whisk to remove any lumps. Add pumpkin
and stir until completely smooth and uniform.
Don’t add any other ingredients
that may be mentioned on the cake mix box, like eggs, oil, or water. The mixture will be very thick, so you might
be tempted to add in other things to make the batter thinner. Do not do this!
Evenly distribute batter into a
12-cup muffin pan lined with foil baking cups and/or sprayed with nonstick
spray. Place pan in the oven and bake
until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about
Allow to cool slightly then
Makes 12 servings. We like to make them in mini muffin pans so
they are easy to pop right in your mouth!
What is your favorite pumpkin
Wow, I'm going to try these!ReplyDelete
So easy! And so good!Delete
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