I love fall. It’s right around the corner, and pumpkin season is almost in full effect. There are tons of options for packing pumpkin flavors into your repertoire, but it’s not always easy to do it in a healthy way. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin beer…the calories definitely add up! But pumpkin in general is super healthy and has a ton of great health benefits, so here’s 6 ways for you can to enjoy delicious pumpkin flavors without the extra sugar and calories.
One of my favorite blogs, Peanut Butter Runner, featured this delicious Pumpkin Spice Waffle recipe. It’s got whole wheat flour and is made without oil, which I definitely prefer when it comes to waffles. It’s also really easy to make with all-natural ingredients so you can feel good about what you’re eating.
Shameless self promotion alert! This is actually one of my own recipes that I came up with last year and I absolutely love it. This Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie is a great way to get protein into your day with great pumpkin flavor. It’s one of my go-to’s for breakfast or a workout snack.
Muffins, by design, are generally not that healthy. But if you use ingredients like oats and Greek yogurt instead of flour and oil, you can get a really great, healthy muffin like they do over at the Dashing Dish with these Pumpkin Protein Muffins. These are packed with protein and great to bring along on your morning commute.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Over at Skinny Taste, Gina made this delicious Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Latte that is a great alternative to the high calorie versions from Starbucks, which as a whopping 380 calories in a medium. This version has just 115. If you can’t kick your Starbucks addiction, this is a must try!
This gluten-free, vegan Quinoa Black Bean Pumpkin Soup is a really creative twist on pumpkin. With so many great, healthy ingredients in one warm and hearty dish, you can’t go wrong.
No matter how healthy you are, if you love pumpkin beer like I do, it’s tough to give up. So, go organic. Try Wolaver’s Organic Pumpkin Ale and indulge without feeling guilty because this beer is absolutely delicious and made with real, local ingredients in Vermont. I mean, if it’s from Vermont it has to be healthy, right? Right. Let’s go with that.
I’m even more excited about fall now than ever! I hope you enjoy the season with all of these tasty pumpkin options. Let me know what your favorites pumpkin treats are!