Happy October!! Celebrating National Coffee Day from this past weekend and it being officially Fall, we have some fun & healthy fall recipes for you suggested from our very own nutritionist, Gina Fangel!
Add a little homemade pumpkin spice to your coffee!
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves or allspice
Did you know pumpkin can provide more than just than just that warm fall taste we always crave once the leaves start to change?
1: Pumpkin seeds are a healthy fat source that also provide a great source of plant based protein! 2 Tbsp of pumpkin seeds can provide up to 6g of protein.
2: Pumpkin is a powerful antioxidant and is rich in Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is beneficial because it protects our cells from harmful free radicals and helps reduce inflammation. Pumpkin also provides a ton of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and much more.
3: Pumpkin is a great source of FIBER! Having enough fiber in your diet helps keep you full, it keeps your digestive system moving, and it helps to keep your cholesterol levels in check.
How to incorporate more pumpkin?
1: Roasted Pumpkin. Since pumpkin is in season right now, it will be a cheap and healthy addition to any lunch or dinner which is a double win! Here is my favorite recipe to follow for this:
2: If you roast a pumpkin, scoop out any seeds and roast separately for a high fat and protein snack throughout the week
3: Add a low sugar pumpkin puree to your morning oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon! Be sure to read the ingredients list of the pumpkin puree to ensure its a clean product with no added sugar.
Hope you can add a little spice to your life this fall!