Although pumpkins are a big part of the fall season, we’ve sort of become pumpkin obsessed over the last few years. For good reason too. Pumpkins are tasty, versatile, and nutrient rich. You can add them to just about any sort of dish and with each bite you can maximize your health. Of course, you have to get creative with your pumpkin and figure out ways to incorporate both the flesh and the seeds of this fall time treat.
Due to its versatility, making good use of your pumpkin goes far beyond the pie. We asked our community members and our Facebook friends to share a few of their favorite healthy ways to add pumpkin to their day. Here are 5 creative ways to do just that:
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Whether you’ve just carved yourself a Jack-o-Lantern or are purchasing a pumpkin just to get to the seeds, our Facebook friend Tina R knows that these little crunchy morsels are a great way to enjoy some of the health benefits associated with pumpkin. Plus, they are a seasonal, crunchy treat you can munch on in between meals. Get creative with your seasonings too for a little extra fun or consider sprinkling them on top of your yogurt or mixing them into your homemade trail mix.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. If you’re a fan of Pumpkin-flavored beverages, then you’ll love this homemade dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan pumpkin spice coffee creamer from our Healthy Eating Champion, Lisa Lately. Its a cheaper alternative than some similar drinks out on the market and its sure to be a taste bud pleaser. Plus, you’ll still be getting some of the health benefits associated with our beloved pumpkin.
Pumpkin Protein Balls. Lisa also has a fabulous recipe for pumpkin protein balls and we love this recipe because its unique, quick, and easy! Those are really the best kind, right? In her post, 10 Words or Less, you’ll learn a little more about Lisa and discover that pumpkin can be a versatile everyday ingredient. That’s right, you don’t need to break it out only on special fall-inspired occasions.
Roasted Pumpkin and Sage Risotto Cakes with Truffle and Honey Fresh Cream. If you have a more developed palate and are looking for a pumpkin-inspired meal that might be worthy of a special occasion, this recipe from Recipe Guru Lynda Benson of Fitnessmomwinecountry may fit the bill. Its still a relatively uncomplicated dish, but one that is sure to make a memorable impression.
Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal. Breakfast is another great place to fit in a little extra pumpkin. In fact, pumpkin can really take your oatmeal from “blah” to “ah-mazing” with very minimal extra work. Earlier this month Ashley Galloway, MS, RD, from the Fresh Beet shared one such oatmeal creation with us. We know you’ll love the amazing flavor blend.
Do you have a favorite pumpkin-inspired dish? Share it with us in the comments!