This seasonal favorite is in your face at every grocery store and coffee shop during the holiday season. Pumpkin is loaded with nutrients, so find some healthy ways to add it to your diet beyond pumpkin pie. Whether you make your own pumpkin puree or get it from a can, you must try these five simple ways to put it to use.
How to: Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree
Skip sugary syrups and out-of-control portions; make an authentic pumpkin spice latte using milk, espresso, pumpkin puree and flavorings.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Better Baked Goods
Boost nutrients and reduce fat by replacing 50 percent of the butter and oil with pumpkin puree in cookies, biscuits and pancakes.
Recipes: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Parmesan Biscuits
Add thick and rich pumpkin to smoothies, soups and even pasta sauces. It infuses seasonal flavor that isn’t overpowering, plus it allows you to reduce other high-calorie thickeners, like cream and butter.
Recipe: Apple-Bacon Soup
Infused Whipped Cream
Gently fold a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree into whipped cream to add flavor and cut back on the fat.
Recipe: Whipped Pumpkin Cream
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.