Healthy Ways To Get Your Pumpkin Fix
With the changing of seasons comes new flavors, new cravings, and new seasonal drinks! I think I speak on behalf of most when I say that pumpkin has become one of the most anticipated flavor the the year. With it’s rise in popularity, we have seen this gourd make it’s way into coffees, desserts, and even savory foods we love. There is no autumn without pumpkin spice – thats for certain! For those of us who are trying to be conservative with our sweet treats, there are options (and really delicious ones at that) for indulging without so much of the guilt that may come with it. Here are a few ways to get your pumpkin fix, in a more balanced and healthy way.
GREEK YOGURT- Did you know that there is pumpkin spice flavored greek yogurt? This is an ideal breakfast to wake up with on a breezy autumn day. With the protein and benefits of a greek yogurt or parfait, you can satisfy that craving for something sweet and spiced.
PROTEIN BARS – The warm blend of spices that come with a PSL are unmatched. Or are they? Nutrient dense protein bars are a great way to get the flavor without the sugars and empty calories of a seasonal beverage. The great thing about these is that they can even assist you in your busy day or your workout routine – without the crash that comes from PSL’s.
PEANUT & NUT BUTTERS – Infused nut butters? These can be great for breakfast toast, sandwiches, or even a dessert topping. With the protein and the nutrients of nuts, you can get that sweet treat in a way that isn’t over the top.
PUMPKIN SOUP – This is an old favorite and a classic, but with the surge in pumpkin popularity, it is certain to make a comeback. When you are on the hunt for something savory and filling – a meal that just screams “FALL” then this is the choice for you.
PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE / PROTEIN SHAKE – A shake or smoothie is an obvious choice when trying to make better decisions. With how many super foods and supplements you can add in, a shake is a greta choice for healthy living. There are so many incredibly delicious pumpkin spice protein shake blends as well as smoothie add ins to help create a creamy autumn meal.
What are your favorite ways to add pumpkin to your diet? Do your meal plans and cravings seem to change with the seasons or do you stick to your traditional go-to foods? If you are looking to spice it up a bit, try adding some of these pumpkin loving foods to your day!