Plenty of Pumpkin
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. - Henry David Thoreau
I’ve learned a lot of things as a member of Calorie Count. CC makes it so easy to find nutrition facts on just about any food using the food search bar - a real wake up call to me for things like sugar, sodium, and fat. But losing weight does not mean that you never get to have some fun with seasonal food, it just means you get to expand your options. I could just sit around pretending I’m not eating so many of those little mini candy bars that offer nothing but sugar; in fact I set myself up to do just that if the candy bars are all I’ve got in the house. The trick for me is to make sure there are more options available – sweet, savory, and tasty options.
Where can you find that and still keep with the Halloween spirit? Right inside of that soon to be jack-o-lantern. The pumpkin is one of the most delicious, low calorie, nutrition sources around! Even the seeds are a nutrition powerhouse and are packed with minerals and protein. The World’s Healthiest Foods says that the addition of pumpkin seeds to your diet may provide anti-inflammatory benefits that compares favorably to non-steroidal medication for arthritis. I plan to check that benefit out on myself. Sweets are fine some of the time, but your choice is certainly not restricted to a store bought candy bar or even to just to a slice of pumpkin pie. Give some of the great ideas below a try.
Before you do, be sure to check out the nutrition facts on a typical canned pumpkin puree; the only real problem there is the sodium. That however, is an easy fix. Check out the nutrition facts for homemade pumpkin puree. Make your own puree and skip the salt as well as some processing calories! You’ll also increase the deliciousness factor to a scary level.
Don’t pitch the seeds; Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious and very healthy snack.
Sharpshootinstar’s Pumpkin Soup is savory and very elegant way to start a meal or just to eat as a low calorie and filling snack.
Lulufit’s Pumpkin Fluff Fruit Dip is vouched for by a number of my Calorie Count friends, give it a try!
One of the great things about Calorie Count is the recipe search bar. I used it today and found this wonderful Pumpkin Bread recipe.
Another great find right here at Calorie Count are these wonderful Pumpkin Brownies.
There are so many things to do with pumpkin, including making your own puree. This About.com recipe is for Baked Pumpkin Puree. Try making it yourself. It’s easy and tastes wonderful.
Enjoy fall fun, festivals, and laughter with the children all dressed up in their finest fairy princess or junior firefighter costumes. Sip some of Sharpshootinstar’s Pumpkin Soup…and maybe have just one small serving of some nice Dirt and Worms.
Dirt & Worms
It's really more assembly than cookery so get the kids involved!
1-2 packages of gummy worms, 1 box of chocolate pudding, and 1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos).
First, make the pudding and set aside to cool a bit.
Take a large clear glass bowl, or several single serving clear glass bowls and have them handy to be filled with mud and dirt.
In a large plastic bag, crush the entire package of chocolate sandwich cookies.
Now, spoon a small layer of pudding into your serving dish. Strategically place gummy worms so they can be seen as if they were tunneling through the mud, top with more pudding, then sprinkle the crushed cookies on top. You might want to have a worm or two positioned so as to poke out of the ground. Not a single thing nutritionally correct in this recipe. Nothing low cal or low sugar, but eating worms is a great deal of fun!
What is your favorite Halloween treat? Will you dress up in costume to greet trick or treaters? What sort of things do you like to pass out to Trick or Treaters? What are your healthy yet delicious Halloween ideas? Have you ever made homemade pumpkin puree? What did you think of it? What was your favorite costume seen on a child at your front door? Has anyone ever made bread pudding with pumpkin bread? If you have a terrific recipe you would like to share at the CC Palate, send it to me here.
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