With Halloween only a few days away, you’ve probably been seeing the stores stocked with candy and baked treats. But why not add a healthy twist to your Halloween activities by cooking with pumpkin?
Pumpkin is low in fat and calories (only 50 calories per half cup) and is an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyesight. A half cup of pumpkin also provides about 3 grams of fiber for digestive health.
Most of us are familiar with using canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie, but did you know you can add this to many other foods as well? For example, you can add some canned pumpkin to whole wheat pancake mix for a fall version of your favorite breakfast. Or create an autumn vegetable lasagna with pumpkin, butternut squash, and greens! And of course, pumpkin breads and soups are other delicious options.
Try this sweet pumpkin treat with your kiddos this weekend! This recipe provides calcium and Vitamin D from the fat free milk and plenty of Vitamin A from the canned pumpkin.
Power-Me-Up Pumpkin Treat
- 1 packages of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups of fat free milk
- ½ of a 15 oz. can of pumpkin (just plain canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- Graham crackers
Pour the pudding mix and milk in a bowl and whisk together for a few minutes. Add the canned pumpkin and cinnamon and continue to mix. Let sit for a minute or two – the pudding mix will get thicker. Spread on a graham cracker and enjoy!