As the leaves begin to change color and the air starts to get crisp, that can only mean one thing: Autumn is approaching. With Autumn comes everything pumpkin -- from lattes and pies to candles and decorations. It seems like there's something pumpkin-flavored or scented everywhere you turn. While it's easy to get caught up in all the sugary sweets that come with the season, there are plenty of ways to enjoy pumpkin with some added health benefits. Here are six healthy pumpkin recipes that will help you embrace Autumn the right way.
Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Start your day off right with this nutrient-packed breakfast bowl. Creamy quinoa is combined with almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree for a satisfying and healthy meal that will keep you full until lunchtime. Top it with some chopped pecans or a drizzle of maple syrup for a little added sweetness.
Pumpkin Spice Oat Waffles
Unite pumpkin puree with blended-up gluten-free old-fashioned oats, and you're on your way to a waffle batter everyone can eat. They come out with a crispy texture and all that pumpkin spice flavor that will have them disappear fast.
Pumpkin Chai Latte
Why stand in line when you can make a healthy pumpkin chai latte at home? When you blend real pumpkin puree with almond milk and pumpkin pie spice and add it to your cup of chai, you get creamy, dreamy results that are good for you.
Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Fall is the perfect time for soothing soups. Using canned pumpkin, you'll blend it together with cinnamon, ground cloves, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and black pepper, along with vegetable broth. Your immersion blender will render this into a smooth texture, and the addition of heavy cream takes it to the next level. Keep it vegan by using full-fat coconut milk instead.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
What would fall be without roasted pumpkin seeds? This recipe is super simple—all you need is some raw pumpkin seeds (be sure to remove all the stringy pulp first), olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast them in a preheated oven until they're golden brown and crispy, then enjoy as a healthy snack or sprinkle them on top of salads or soups for a little extra flavor and crunch.
Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Chili is the perfect comfort food for cool Autumn days. This recipe calls for lean ground turkey, black beans, diced tomatoes, and pumpkin puree. Adding pumpkin puree not only gives this chili a delicious flavor but also helps to thicken it up while providing a flavor boost. You can use your favorite meat alternative to keep it vegan or keep it as a black bean chili.
Let pumpkin help you keep up proper nutrition this fall by using it in these innovative ways for delicious and nutritious meals.
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