Quick & Healthy… Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast!!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Enjoying a Pumpkin Pike Protein Shake right before work!

October is here and in my opinion everything should be pumpkin!! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin beer— the problem is most of my favorite pumpkin foods also are indulgent foods that I certainly can’t eat everyday and expect to remain healthy! However I have played around in the kitchen and perfected 2 favorite pumpkin pie breakfasts that you can eat everyday and still feel good about your health and waist line… my Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake and Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal!

Pumpkin has some great health benefits that we often overlook because we tend to use it in indulgent food that have lots of sugar and fat. Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, the compound that gives it that bright orange color. Beta-carotene is one of those carotenoids which helps protect our vision and possibly reduce cancer risk. Pumpkin is also a good source of fiber, 3 grams per cup, which will help keep you full and satisfied. Finally pumpkin is perfect for after a workout! It has as much potassium as a banana to help refuel and restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a workout and keep muscles functioning at their best.

I have to say nothing taste better than coming home from an chilly outdoor fall workout with Ultimate Bootcamp and be able to eat pie!!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

IMG_4620Ingredients: 

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder or 1/2 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk/skim milk
  • 2 Tbps canned pumpkin (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3-4 ice cubes

To make this shake vegan friendly, I used Vega Vanilla protein powder and almond milk!

Step 1: In blender/Magic Bullet add ice, protein powder/Greek yogurt, almond milk, 1/2 banana and canned pumpkin.IMG_4625

Step 2: Blend until smooth. IMG_4632

Step 3: Add cinnamon, nutmeg and chia seed.  Blend and enjoy!IMG_4648

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal

Ingredients:IMG_4623

  • 3/4 cup oatmeal dry
  • 1/2 cup milk/water/almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

 

 

Step 1: Add oatmeal and milk into a microwave safe bowl, and cook in microwave for 1 minute (until oatmeal is thick).

Step 2: Add pumpkin and stir. IMG_4673

Step 3: Stir in cinnamon, and nutmeg. Enjoy!!IMG_4681

My Challenge for you this week is too look at ways to included your favorite fall flavors without all the added sugars and fat! I bet it will be just as yummy! 

 

 

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