In the fall, there are various pumpkin-filled temptations just waiting for you to eat them, and normally they aren’t light on the calories. However, you shouldn’t have to give up your fall fix for the sake of calories, so I have compiled five healthy recipes that will meet your pumpkin cravings.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
1 scoop of vanilla whey or soy protein powder
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (can or fresh)
1/2 cup of vanilla or plain greek or regular yoghurt
1 cup of almond, soy, rice or skim milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
handful of ice or to taste
Combine all ingredients and enjoy!
Pumpkin Seed, Sweet potato, and Gorgonzola Salad
mixed greens (enough to your desired size of salad)
2 cups of cooked chopped sweet potatoes
1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of crumbled gorgonzola
1 cup of sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of chopped dried apricots
2 second pour of vinegar (regular or balsamic) and oil
Combine all ingredients, pouring oil and vinegar at the end.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
1 cup of old fashioned oats cooked with 1/2 cup of skim milk or almond milk
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
Combine all ingredients while hot and devour.
Spicy Grilled Pumpkin Compote Salmon with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus
1 defrosted or fresh salmon fillet
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of cayane pepper
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup of cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
7 cooked asparagus spears
season salmon fillet with 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cayane pepper. Grill or bake salmon in 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Mash cooked sweet potatoes, adding butter, nut meg, and cinnamon. Heat pumpkin puree in microwave for no more than 1 minute, and place on top of salmon. Serve with asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes.