Pumpkin Power

Winter is here!   As we get ready for the new year it is easy to lose sight of some of our fitness and health goals. Office parties and travel can put sugary, unhealthily options right in front of our faces. While October has passed it’s still pumpkin season so let’s talk about a few of the major benefits to adding more pumpkin into your life this season.

Great Post Workout Snack

After intense training sessions, our body needs assistance replenishing what we lost through sweat. Pumpkin is a wonderful source of potassium, actually even more than the famed potassium king banana. Potassium helps to refuel our bodies and can also help us avoid muscle cramps after working them to the max.


pumpkin_a-great-post-workout-snackStrong Source of Fiber

Along with being a food with one of the largest amounts of Vitamin A, pumpkin is a powerful source of fiber. Using pumpkin in your nutrition planning can help give you a sense of being full for much longer periods of time, allowing you to scale back the amount of food you are actually eating. Pumpkin is also extremely low in calories, so it is a great food to eat when you are hungry.


pumpkin-strong-source-of-fiberVersatile and Easy to Use

Adding pumpkin to your meal planning is very easy and can be accomplished in a multitude of ways. Of course you know of the not so healthy choice, pumpkin pie (because of the added sugar). With a few modifications, pumpkin pie can still be enjoyed as a good desert choice and can be a good way to treat yourself for goals achieved without going overboard. Pumpkin can be consumed in seed form, puree form, used for smoothies, or used as a pasta addition.

Versatile-and-Easy-to-Use_pumpkin.jpgOne easy way to incorporate pumpkin into your day is with a delicious smoothie.

Here is a very easy recipie for you to enjoy:

Ingredients for Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

  1. 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  2. ½ cup pumpkin (canned is fine)
  3. ½ banana (sliced)
  4. ½ cup vanilla almond milk
  5. ½ Tbsp honey
  6. ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7.  1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  8. ½ tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 scoop protein powder (I like vanilla shakeology)

Add ice if you like about 5 cubes, blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Sprinkle with cinnamon on top along with crushed walnuts or pecans and enjoy.pumpkin_smoothie

Let me know if you tried these tips and how they work for you.

Until next time

Nicole, your healthy lifestyle coach

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