Thanks in part to a popular flavored latte, fall has become synonymous with pumpkin-tinged treats—many of which are packed with sugar and artificial flavoring. Meanwhile, the real deal offers some impressive health benefits (it’s rich in vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, and fiber) and can be easily incorporated into a delicious meal or snack. Here, the experts at Charlotte-based workout program Hilliard Studio Method share three of their favorite ways to enjoy pumpkin that taste great and will leave you feeling guilt-free:
- Pumpkin Yogurt: Mix roasted pumpkin or organic plain canned pumpkin with plain yogurt (we love the texture and protein content of Greek yogurt, but any plain yogurt will do). Add spices like ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon for flavor.
- Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl: Blend together 1/2 cup roasted or organic plain canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop Catie’s Organic Greens, 1 scoop Catie’s Vitamin C Powder, 2 scoops Tera’s Whey Protein Powder, a dash of cinnamon, fresh ginger to taste, and unsweetened almond milk (add until desired texture and consistency). Top off with a dollop of pumpkin, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Mix clean pumpkin seeds (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids) with olive oil and garlic salt in a bowl until lightly coated. Spread a single layer of seeds on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until golden color.
TSG Tip 177 from Hilliard Studio Method, featured in The Scout Guide Charlotte. The nutritional information contained herein is based upon information Hilliard Studio Method® reasonably believes to be accurate. HSM is not responsible for any adverse effects related to following this information.