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Tasty Ways to Eat Canned Pumpkin

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Pumpkin is jammed packed with vitamins and phytochemicals that protect your heart, lungs, and skin! I’m always looking for new ways to use pumpkin. When my skin is looking good, I know I’m getting a good amount of vitamin A and vitamin C rich foods like pumpkin! I’ll add pumpkin to my marinara sauce, soups, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, use it as a stuffing for ravioli, and add it to breads and baked goods.

Pumpkin Apple Delight

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 4 ounces of Greek yogurt
  • 5-8 walnut halves
  • 2 tablespoons of granola (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or 1/3 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Open up a can of pumpkin, scoop out all but 1/3 cup (put aside for smoothie recipe below).
  2. Wash apple, chop, and microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Add pumpkin to apples and reheat for 1 minute
  4. Using a spatula swirl in 4 ounces of Greek yogurt into the pumpkin-apple mixture.
  5. Add in 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup, a splash of vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon.
  6. Top with walnuts and/or granola
  7. Eat and enjoy!

Pumpkin’nana Smoothie

I LOVE this smoothie! It’s the perfect fall dessert with a tasty balance of sweet, spicy and savory. Bonus – you boost your vegetable intake!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe frozen banana, sliced
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sweetened almond/soy milk combo or milk of your choice mixed with a teaspoon of honey
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

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