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5 Power-Packed Pumpkin Recipes

5 Power-Packed Pumpkin Recipes

Donâ??t let your diet deprive you from enjoying fall flavor. These five pumpkin recipes are so good youâ??ll be haunting the kitchen for more!

It's fall. You know what that means?pumpkin-flavored everything! If you're carving off fat or just trying to stay lean, a pumpkin-spice latté probably isn't on your diet plan. Don't be scared: You can still add that great fall flavor in your healthy, clean food choices. It just takes a little jack-o'-lantern magic.

Not only does pumpkin go perfectly with crisp air and crunchy leaves, it's also very nutritious. One hundred grams of pumpkin only yields about 25 calories and 7 grams of carbs. It's also a great source of vitamin A. There are no tricks with this veggie treat. These recipes will satisfy your pumpkin fetish and help you maintain that summer six-pack.

1
Pumpkin Omelet with Peanut Sauce

This Thai-inspired dish combines the sweetness of pumpkin with the savory spice of a peanut sauce. Best of all, it is packed with protein to kickstart your day!

Ingredients for Omelet
Ingredients for Peanut Sauce
Directions
  1. Boil pumpkin in a medium-sized pot for approximately 10 minutes, or until pumpkin is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, sauté the other vegetables.
  3. Cook egg whites in a separate pan over medium heat.
  4. Once cooked, combine pumpkin with the sautéed vegetables and stir in chili powder and paprika.
  5. In a separate, small bowl, mix together the peanut butter with yogurt.
  6. Scoop the vegetable mixture over egg whites and pour the peanut sauce on top.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 284
Total Fat8g
Total Carbs16g
Protein27g

Pumpkin Omelet PDF (14.1 KB)

2
Pumpkin Waffles

These low-carb pumpkin waffles are a breakfast favorite. They're easy to make and full of delectable autumn flavors!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Cook batches in pre-sprayed waffle maker on medium high temperature until bubbles form on the surface, then turn over and cook until dark golden brown.
  3. Serve with cinnamon and sugar-free syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 221
Total Fat6g
Total Carbs10g
Protein35g

Pumpkin Waffles PDF (13.1 KB)

3
Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

Enjoy this fruity smoothie as a post-workout treat or as a breakfast on-the-go!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 frozen Banana
  • 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup plain, Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp Sugar-Free Pudding Mix (I like banana crème for extra banana flavor)
  • 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
Directions
  1. Combine the first five ingredients with a handful of ice in blender until smooth.
  2. Top with cinnamon and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 129
Total Fat1g
Total Carbs20g
Protein10g

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie PDF (13 KB)

4
Pumpkin Roll

Enjoy this classic fall dessert without sacrificing your skinny jeans. It's tasty, seasonal, and low-carb!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Roll
Ingredients for Filling
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Blend all the pumpkin roll ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. Pour batter in a pre-sprayed 8x8 or 8x11 baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and place onto aluminum foil. Carefully roll up the cake and secure with aluminum foil.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  7. As cake is cooling, blend yogurt and cream cheese until smooth.
  8. Spoon the mixture into pumpkin roll.
  9. Top pumpkin roll with slivered almonds and cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (Serves 3)
Amount per serving
Calories 238
Total Fat14g
Total Carbs14g
Protein14g

Pumpkin Roll PDF (14.3 KB)

5
Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Sauce

Enjoy your Sunday night football with these chicken tacos. The pumpkin sauce adds fun fall flavor.

Ingredients for Chicken Tacos
Ingredients for Pumpkin Sauce
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix the cumin, red pepper, paprika and garlic powder together in a small bowl.
  3. Spread the spice blend on chicken and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.
  4. While chicken is cooking, mix together all ingredients for pumpkin sauce and set aside.
  5. Cut one chicken breast into small cubes and place onto wrap.
  6. Top each wrap with diced tomatoes, shredded cabbage, and pumpkin sauce.
  7. Serve with lime wedge and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (Serves 4)
Amount per serving
Calories 322
Total Fat8g
Total Carbs24g
Protein39g

Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Sauce PDF (14.9 KB)

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Jessica Brantley is a former competitive triathlete and Bodybuilding.com Female Transformation of the Week! Learn more about her right here.

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