Eating pumpkins on a regular basis helps with your eyesight, as they’re loaded with vitamin A. The vitamin also helps maintain teeth, skin, and bones. Pumpkins have a good amount of fiber per serving, which will help with digestion and keep you full. Here’s some easy ways to get this healthy food in your diet!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
This is arguably one of the most popular drinks of the fall season, but you don’t have to spend $5 at Starbucks to get your own. To make one at home, you’ll just need milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, brewed coffee, and sweetener if you desire. You’ll save a ton of money and be drinking something much healthier than what the coffee shops make.
This traditional Thanksgiving dessert is usually loaded with fat and sugar when bought from the store, but the concept itself is actually healthy. The crust is normally loaded with butter, but you can cut back significantly by reducing the amount needed in half, if not more. Instead of using sugary pumpkin pie filling, bake your pie with pumpkin puree, which is where all the nutrients lie anyways. With some added spices, you won’t even miss all that sugar!
Pumpkin Almond Butter
Instead of buying canned almond butter, you can make your own with a pumpkin flair. Put almonds in the food processor to grind them up, then mix pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt for you own delicious pumpkin almond butter. Mix it with oatmeal, put it on top of toast, or just eat it plain! You’ll get the healthy fats from both almonds and pumpkin in your diet.
If you’re bored with your regular oatmeal, why not put some pumpkin in it? Mix half a cup of canned pumpkin along with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in your oatmeal to spice it up. It’s almost like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast! Add a pumpkin spice latte to the side and you’ll be in pumpkin heaven.
If you regularly enjoy ordering curry from Thai or Indian restaurants, you’ll love making your own with pumpkin in it. Buy a small pumpkin, peel and seed it, and cut it into one inch pieces. Sauté onions and garlic in a pan, and then add in curry powder, pepper, and salt. Add the cut up pumpkin pieces and cook everything together for about five minutes. Pour vegetable broth and raisins over everything, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Pair it with a side of rice, and dinner is served!