During the fall we see all sorts of pumpkin recipes popping up- baked goods, drinks, savory snacks, breakfasts, and more. All of the pumpkin lovers come out of the woodwork and suddenly everyone loves everything pumpkin spice.
Honestly, I love pumpkin all. Year. Round. It is tasty, healthy, and really goes go well with almost any meal. They are even so good for you that the Huffington Post published an article outlining 8 Health Benefits of Pumpkins.
Keeps Eyesight Sharp
Pumpkin contains huge amounts of vitamin A, which aids in visions and increases eyesight in dim light.
Aids in Weight Loss and Digestion
Containing three grams of fiber per cup and only 49 calories, pumpkin will keep you feeling guller longer and get that food waste moving through your system.
Pumpkin Seeds Are Heart Healthy
Certain nuts and seeds are rich in plant-based chemicals called phytoserols- these nutrients help lower bad cholesterol.
Pumpkins Protect the Skin
Similar to other orange-colored yummies like sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash, pumpkins contain the antioxidant beta-carotene.While this factor has been known to reduce the risk of cancer, it also helps prevent unpleasant wrinkles.
Pumpkin Seeds are Mood-Boosters
The amino acid trytophan is rich within pumpkin seeds. Trytophan is a key component in the production of seratonin, a major player in boosting our moods and energy.
Pumpkin Is An Excellent Post-Workout Treat
We’ve all heard that bananas are rich in refueling potassium, and so is pumpkin! One cup of pumpkin contains 564 milligrams of this energy-boosting factor, which leads us into an excellent recipe to share today- Pumpkin Protein Muffins! This is a fantastic recipe that has been adapted from Michelle Marie Fit.
Pumpkin Protein Muffins
2 ½ Cups Oats
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
½ Cup Applesauce (preferably unsweetened)
1 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
½ Cup Honey or Any Prefered Sweetener
1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (I prefer Jay Rob’s Vanilla Protein)
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
I throw in plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, but you can use pumpkin pie spice if you have it around! Optional add-ins include walnuts, pecans- really anything crunchy that you might want to liven it up with. I also threw in a little less than a tablespoon of coconut oil, because I love coconut oil in everything I make.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tins with coconut oil, or muffin liners. Combine all ingredients, and divide batter evenly into muffin tin.
These are an absolutely excellent breakfast and snacking option and are perfect to boost energy after a workout. What kinds of add-ins do you prefer?