Fall is right around the corner, and for most people, that means pumpkin everything. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin. If you aren’t careful, these drinks and desserts can really pack on the pounds. Before you curl up into a ball and start crying at the thought of having to say no to pumpkin, let me introduce you to some healthier alternatives.
Pumpkin Pie Shakeology
You can’t go wrong with this recipe. Shakeology is the healthiest meal of the day, and the fact that you can make it taste like a delicious pumpkin pie? Even better. The calories in this particular shake add up to 277 calories. Not bad at all for replacing a meal. It packs a good protein punch, which will ensure that you feel full long after you drink this.
Pumpkin Pie Dip
This dip is a fantastic alternative to a heavy dessert. It’s light, fluffy, and full of flavor. This would make a great after school snack for the kiddos or a nice dessert for a fall party. A 1/2 cup of this is only 103 calories. Original recipe found HERE.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
You are going to LOVE these muffins. They have turned into a favorite in our house! They are grain and gluten-free because they are made with almond butter instead of flour. You can leave out the chocolate chips to make them even healthier, or add your own ingredients (like nuts). Each muffin is about 250 calories, but they are full of protein and healthy fat. Depending on your level of love for pumpkin, you can adjust the amount of pumpkin pie spice. I usually use about half of what it calls for. Original recipe found HERE.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
Mmm, pancakes. Is there really anything better than the smell of delicious pancakes on Saturday morning? Well, bacon, but that’s another story. When you make these whole wheat pancakes, make sure you top them with pure maple syrup. Aunt Jemima does not care about your health! Original recipe found HERE.
Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread
Banana + Pumpkin in a delicious, moist bread? Yes, please! Banana bread is one of my absolute favorites, so why not add some pumpkin to create a yummy fall treat? This is obviously not low-calorie, so you have to watch your portions with this one. I tend to omit the nuts when making this bread, but it’s up to you whether or not you want to throw them in there. If you are feeling adventurous, check out this Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese to add to the top. Original recipe found HERE.
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