Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Recipes You Should Try This Fall
Fall is upon us, and so is the opportunity to consume pumpkin-flavored foods with every meal! Although many pumpkin-flavored treats—pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin ice cream are a few that come to mind—are packed with sugar and fat, there are several healthy ways get your pumpkin fix. Check out some of our favorite healthy, pumpkin-filled recipes below.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Start your day off right with this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Smoothies from Healthful Pursuit! All you need to get started are a can of pumpkin and some almond milk. Add in some cinnamon and ginger, and you’ll think you’re sipping on a liquid version of pumpkin pie! The big difference, however, is that this pumpkin beverage is packed with fiber, anti-oxidants, and Vitamin A.
Pumpkin Bran Muffins
Add pumpkin to homemade bran muffins, and give them some extra fall flavoring! Pumpkin bran muffins taste great, and they’re easy to prepare. Follow this recipe from Italian Food Forever, and your tasty breakfast treats will be ready in 15 minutes. Oh, and don’t worry about making too many. You can always freeze the leftovers and enjoy them at a later date.
Pumpkin Seed Pasta
The best way to enhance the nutritional value of pasta? Sprinkle in some pumpkin seeds! In addition to serving as a strong source of iron, pumpkin seeds also provide plenty of magnesium and zinc. Next time you want to add some fall flavor to dinner, try this recipe for Pumpkin Seed Pasta.
Sweet pumpkin and salty curry are present in every bite of this spicy dish! If you’ve never tried it before, we suggest this recipe for Pumpkin Curry from BBCGoodFood.com. Pair the curry with rice or noodles, and feel free to add chicken or beef for the meat lovers in your household. It’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!
Dessert is the best part of every meal, and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy! That’s especially the case when you follow this recipe for low-fat pumpkin flan from AllRecipes.com. Substitute the heavy cream with low-fat milk, and enjoy this tasty treat—minus the guilt. We recommend you prepare it in advance and store in the fridge until it’s ready to serve.
Pumpkin flan image photo credit: Pinterest / Food Network