5 Ways to Get your Pumpkin Spice Fix Without Wrecking Your Progress
As the fall season is among us, one thing is certain: we won’t have a shortage of pumpkin spice products readily available at our grocery stores, coffee shops, and even restaurants! While pumpkin itself is a nutritional superfood, pumpkin spice flavored treats and drinks can be very fattening if they are not prepared correctly. So, this fall, drop that fat and carb bomb that they refer to as a pumpkin spice latte and make the right choices! Your body will thank you J
Here are five tips on how to get your fix:
This is easily found at the grocery store and is a great substitute for you to make your own, healthy version of the famous Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. Not only is it great with coffee, it can be used in many other ways too, such as in baking or added to hot cereal. If you’re into the whole sweet-savory thing, a tablespoon or two of this would be an innovative way to flavor and thicken a fall soup without adding large amounts of fat or carbs.
As stated previously, pumpkin itself is not the enemy, it’s all the additional fat and carb sources that are added to it! If you want something pumpkin flavored, try swapping out the fat source in a baking recipe for canned pumpkin. If apples are more your thing, applesauce works wonderfully too! You can also make delicious pumpkin protein pancakes with canned pumpkin, as well as smoothies!
Pumpkin pie spice is one of those spices that probably gets completely neglected in your spice pantry until thanksgiving rolls around and it’s time to make that pumpkin pie. I too, was guilty of ignoring my little jar of pumpkin pie spice until I learned that its awesome to cook and bake with! Try seasoning your sweet potato with it, adding it to oatmeal, or sprinkling a little on top of some crunchy apple slices. It is strong so be aware and use small amounts!
Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are awesome carb sources that taste similar to pumpkin and really have that comforting autumnal taste. Its unrealistic to hack away at a whole pumpkin and then attempt to roast it, but butternut squash and sweet potatoes make that idea totally plausible and just as delicious.
Although these can be high in fat when consumed in large quantities, if you measure or weigh out your portion of pumpkin seeds, it can definitely fit into your daily nutrition! They’re delicious on their own as a healthy snack, but you should also try adding them to a salad for some crunch and a fall flavor.
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Written by: Emily Ventura BS Public Health