Weekend Wellness – Pumpkin Recipes

Week-End Wellness
By Tammy Parkinson
CPT, ACSM, NASM, Nutritionist
Body Firm Personal Training & Nutrition

pumpkin smoothieI was going to write a heady article on why exercising hard all the time can actually be toxic to our bodies….but then again, I’ll save that for another time.  Instead, I thought I’d share some modifications to one of our favorite foods this time of year…pumpkin!

Try these yummy combos if you are in the mood for a little Holiday flavor.

In any of these if you want a little more sweetness, add stevia or stevia flavored drops.  Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg are great additions too!

Enjoy~

Pumpkin smoothie
2-3 handfuls of spinach
1/2-1 can of pumpkin puree
12 oz can of coconut water
1/2 a banana or 2 Majool dates
1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder (I like VEGA French vanilla personally)

Pumpkin chia blend
1 can pumpkin puree
2 tbsp chia seeds
8 oz water
2 oz coffee
Blend together.  Lighten up on the water or add more to personal taste.

Pumpkin tofu blend
1 can pumpkin puree
1 package of soft tofu
Blend together and add water if you want it more liquefied.

Pumpkin breakfast blend
1/4 can pumpkin puree
1 cup kefir or Greek (nonfat or lowfat) plan yogurt.
1-2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
Mix together.  Add protein powder if you want it thicker and added protein.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter
1/3c pureed pumpkin (or canned)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp nut butter (pb, almond, or even coconut butter! Feel free to add extra, if you want a stronger nut-butter flavor.)
Mix all ingredients together, either with a spoon or in a food processor. If your peanut butter is hard, you might want to warm it up a little, pre-mixing.

Pumpkin “soup”
With a vitamix or similar strong blender
1 medium pumpkin (take the skin off and dice up into smaller chunks)
1 can low fat coconut cooking milk
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
a pinch of sea salt
Blend together.  Add a little less or more pumpkin depending on the thickness you desire.

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