Pumpkin: More than Just Pie

At work the dietitians have been tabling each week about any food and nutrition topic. We’ve covered overnight oatmeal, energy balls, rehydration solutions, healthier tailgating, sugar sweetened beverages and so on! This week I’m talking pumpkin to kick off a month of SQUASH!

If you live in New England you know that the debut of all things pumpkin, especially the PSL, gets earlier and earlier every year. Dunkin’ Donuts started selling a PSL in August! Too soo, Dunkin, too soon. For those of you who don’t know a PSL is a pumpkin spice latte.

I don’t love PSLs…gasp…I know, it’s shocking. And yet pumpkin is one of my favorite foods. I love it for the flavor, the nutrition and the versatility. Sweet or savory, anything with pumpkin will absolutely rock your world and help your night vision! These are some of my favorite ways to enjoy pumpkin.

Oatmeal (duh)

Just add 1-2 tablespoons and some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. The result is a lighter yet comforting breakfast with added fiber and vitamins.

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Baked goods

An exceptional substitute for oil in recipes, pumpkin cuts way back on the fat content usually found in baked goods. It’s a 1:1 substitution for oil and roughly a 1:¾ substitution for butter.

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Chili

Chili is such a comfort food. And it’s easily just tomatoes and ground meat. Want to add more fiber and nutrition? Stir in a can of pumpkin! This also makes a slightly thicker consistency.

Pancakes

I’m team fluffy pancakes as opposed to thin. Pumpkin added to the batter makes a fluffy and moist pancake, perfect for real maple syrup to soak right in. Cue drool.

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Don’t wait! Go out and stock up on this cheap, versatile, nutritious Fall staple! Let me know what you cook up in your tiny (or large) kitchen!