Pumpkins for Weight Loss

November 3, 2011 By: consultant 4 Comments

Halloween is over now, but it is still pumpkin season! Pumpkins are full of vitamin A and fiber, and naturally a low calorie food and can promote weight loss.

Conveniently pumpkin comes prepared in a can already pureed. Incorporate pumpkin puree into your diet all year round to help move toward your weight loss goals. One serving of pumpkin puree is 40 calories, 0.5 g of fat, and 5 g of fiber. Make sure the label says 100% pure pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie mix which has added sugars.

Pumpkin puree works especially well in substituting ingredients in baking. Try substituting pumpkin puree for oil when baking to lower the fat content for your healthy diet. Here’s a delicious pumpkin muffin recipe to try:

Pumpkin Muffin for Healthy Diet

Pumpkin Yogurt Muffins

1 egg
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups low fat vanilla Stonyfield Farm Yogurt
1 16oz can pumpkin puree (Libby’s is my favorite!)
4 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons nutmeg
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Beat eggs until foamy, add sugar, yogurt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Add dry ingredients slowly to the yogurt mixture and mix until moist.
  5. Line two muffin tins with muffin liners or grease the pans.
  6. Evenly fill each of the muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 100
Total Fat: 0.7 g
Total Carbohydrates: 19.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
Protein: 3.5 g

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