Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin season is upon us!! FINALLY! There's nothing I love more than adding pumpkin to everything I cook. It puts you in a good mood and it makes you feel like throwing on sweats and a sweatshirt and curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a good book. Oh how I wish I could be doing that right now--- ANYWAY!

Pumpkin is a serious superfood and it's absolutely A-OKAY to eat it this season, as long as you're eating the right types. Go to your local grocery store and pick up some Libby's Pumpkin… NOT Pumpkin Pie Filling. That's the stuff packed with sugar and fat!

When you pick up Pure Pumpkin, you're picking up antioxidants, vitamin A, fiber, potassium and magnesium! Needless to say--those things are all good for you. Antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E help your muscles recover from tough workouts as well as keep your immune system high! The fiber helps your body flush out toxins and keep you regular. Magnesium is needed for bone and tooth health. And finally, potassium helps regular your blood pressure! All those things in this delicious little can? Yes please.

Now, don't get me wrong… you can't go out and have a Pumpkin Spice Latte and expect the same benefits. That thing isn't even made with real pumpkin. It's all a bunch of fake stuff! (Don't judge me because I'll probably indulge in one of those bad boys this season). Instead of fake stuff…try these REAL recipes!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 4 Ice Cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology (you can sub another vanilla protein too)
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Directions:
  • Blend and Enjoy :)

Pumpkin Pie Parfait













Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
  • 2 Packets Stevia
  • 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt (the size of most individual yogurts)
  • Cool Whip (yeah, getting crazyy)
Directions:
  • Combine the pumpkin, pecans, 1 packet of Stevia and 2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice in a bowl. Stir until well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, 1 packet of stevia and the remaining 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. Stir well.
  • Layer a cup like this: Pumpkin Blend (1/2 of it), Yogurt Blend (all of it), Pumpkin Blend (the other half of it), then Cool Whip! Be sure not to go too crazy with the whip :)
  • Enjoy!


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