Pumpkin is one of those distinct flavors that provokes a feeling of comfort and spicy goodness.
After Labor Day everything becomes pumpkin flavored…coffee, muffins, pies, pancakes, etc…I admit I also love everything pumpkin and seem to overdo it by Thanksgiving!
I asked some fellow Dietitian’s for some of their favorite recipes with pumpkin as a main ingredient to highlight in the post.
I think you will be inspired and delighted by the many options and variety of ways to cook or bake with this colorful squash that go beyond muffins or pie.
Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites, Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant Powered Dietitian
Chai Pumpkin Protein Smoothie, Lauren Pendergast, RDN, CD, Nutrition by Lauren
Pumpkin Sage Stuffing Cups, Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, Dana White Nutrition
Pumpkin Overnight Oats , Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD, CHHC, Triad to Wellness
Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, Small Bites
Taste of Fall Pumpkin Butter, Jennifer Hunt, RDN, LD, Healthy-inspiration
Oats and Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies, Dixya Bhattarai, MS, RDN, food, pleasure and health
Pumpkin Yogurt Dip, Kara Lydon Evancho the Foodie Dietitian
It is also considered a good source of fiber, with 7 grams of fiber per cup with just 80 calories. Fiber fills you up and keeps you satiated longer! Pumpkin also has vitamin C, potassium, and iron which are crucial to the immune system, blood, and muscles.
In a smoothie it can be a great post-workout replenisher!
I made a pasta sauce using pumpkin puree which is sweet and delicious, just add it to whole grain protein pasta and top with toasted walnuts...
Check out the variety of recipes all RD approved! Which will you try?