It’s that time of year again, and pumpkins are plentiful! One of my favorite fall treats, pumpkin flavor is available in everything from pies to muffins at the local bakery. Coffee too. The problem with pumpkin is that it is usually added to things that we are trying to avoid, like cookies and pie and creamy coffee drinks. Enjoy this seasonal delight without blowing your diet with these tips.
When the weather turns colder, a warm drink is often all your spirit needs for a lift. My personal favorite is a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Indulging can cost you 360 calories and 13grams of fat! That’s for just 16 ounces. Try this 130 calorie option by Snack Girl instead. It’s amazing and not a diet breaker.
Craving Pumpkin pie? This light snack will do the trick. Combine 1/2 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt with 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin. Toss in a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Top with a spoonful of fat-free whipped topping and you have a wonderful treat under 150 calories.
Are pumpkin muffins your weakness? Try Thomas’ Bagel Thins in Pumpkin Spice flavor. At 110 calories, you can even afford to add a little light butter or Cinnamon cream cheese. Just be sure to read your labels on your toppings!
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Need something special for that Sunday football game? Try Taste of Home’s Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili Recipe. At only 192 calories per serving, this chili has lots of flavor plus creaminess.
For your Thanksgiving table, try this recipe for a lower calorie version of traditional pumpkin soup. Made with fat-free milk, this soup fills up the stomach with very few calories and chock full of nutrition. Plus, surviving the day without blowing your diet is definitely something to be thankful for!
For more reasons to snack, check out this article on Healthy Snack Ideas.