The Power of The Pumpkin!

 

A pumpkin’s beautiful orange color means that it has a high level of carotenoids, which assist in staving off free radicals and help with premature aging. Pumpkin seeds are a rich protein source- one ounce is the equivalent of 7 grams of protein. They are also rich is essential fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits including promoting healthy skin, brain power, and prevention of health diseases such as arthritis and high blood pressure.

Enjoy these healthy vegan recipes that you can add all fall and winter long!

Comforting Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Pecans

Ingredients:

1/3 cup regular oats

1 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/3-1/2 cup pumpkin

1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Pinch of sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/8th tsp nutmeg

Toppings:

Chopped pecans (approx 1 tbsp)

1 tbsp almond milk

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp 

 

Pinch of cinnamon

 Directions: 

In a medium sized pot, heat the oats and almond milk over medium heat until it comes to a low boil. Stir in the pumpkin and chia seeds. Heat over low-medium for about 5-7 minutes stirring frequently. Now add in the spices and vanilla and heat for another 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into a bowl and add toppings. Serves 1.

 Pumpkin Pie Monster Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1 heaping tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg)

1 tsp blackstrap molasses

1/2 frozen banana OR 1/2 serving Protein powder

2 large ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Serves 1.

All recipes were adapted from Ohsheglows.com.