Get “Fit for Fall” with this delicious & nutritious pumpkin overnight oats ➕ learn about all the amazing benefits it has to offer you!
You will be surprised to learn about some of these health benefits!
BONUS: more great healthy pumpkin recipes below . . .
Not only does the pumpkin overnight oats taste delicious, it’s great for you! I love how pumpkin recipes fit in with this festive time of the year with the fall leaves, cooler weather and Thanksgiving; but there are other reasons you will want to eat more pumpkin.
Here is some great information from WebMD about 6 surprising health benefits of pumpkins!
Pumpkin is rich in fiber, which slows digestion. “Pumpkin keeps you feeling fuller longer,” says Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN and an upwave diet and nutrition expert. “There’s seven grams of fiber in a cup of canned pumpkin. That’s more than what you’d get in two slices of whole-grain bread.”
Pumpkin’s brilliant orange coloring comes from its ample supply of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for eye health and helps the retina absorb and process light. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200 percent of most people’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A, making it an outstanding option for optical health.
Looking for a way to ward off illness and improve your immune system? Try pumpkin. The large shot of vitamin A the fruit provides helps your body fight infections, viruses and infectious diseases. Pumpkin oil even helps fight various bacterial and fungal infections. Plus, pumpkin is packed with nearly 20 percent of the recommended amount of daily vitamin C, which may help you recover from colds faster.
Sure, eating pumpkin can help you look younger (beta-carotene in pumpkin helps protect us from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays), but the pulp also makes a great, all-natural face mask that exfoliates and soothes. All you need is 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie), an egg, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of milk. Mix, then apply it, wait for 20 minutes or so and wash it off with warm water.
5️⃣Lower Cancer Risk
Beta-carotene is great for your eyes and skin, but you know what else it’s good for? Fighting cancer. Research shows people who eat a beta-carotene-rich diet may have a lower risk of some types of cancer, including prostate and lung cancer.
6️⃣It (May) Help Treat Diabetes
In scientific tests, pumpkin has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance and increase the amount of insulin the body produces. More testing needs to be done before we can say for sure what pumpkin’s benefits for diabetics will be, but if you have diabetes, munching on pumpkin certainly won’t hurt.
Are you ready to start eating more pumpkin?
Pumpkin Overnight Oats Recipe
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
1/3 c. Siggi’s non-fat yogurt (it’s the best)
1/4 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. ground flaxseed
1 t. Organic chia seeds (Better Body Foods is the best)
1/2 t. vanilla extract
,2 t. pure maple syrup
1 T. chopped and roasted walnuts (optional)
1/2 scoop Great Lakes Collagen Protein Powder (optional, extra protein)
In a bowl mix thoroughly the following ingredients: almond milk, oats, yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, flaxseed, vanilla, maple syrup and protein powder, if desired. Put the mixture into a glass cup, bowl or mason jar and cover. Store in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. Then get ready to enjoy! I love when I get home from the gym and my breakfast is already made and ready to eat! I put my oats into a bowl, pour a little almond milk over it, sprinkle chopped walnuts then drizzle a little maple syrup on top. It is so delicious and nutritious, and the fiber from the pumpkin, chia seeds and flaxseed with the protein from the yogurt will fill you up. It is an excellent post-workout meal to replenish your body.
1 -2 servings. I made two servings from this recipe and one serving was plenty of food for me for breakfast!
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Gooood morning PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD 😍💯🍞🍌 Jumped out of bed to have a thick slice with my frothy PSL 😍 bc I literally wanted to DEVOUR the entire loaf after I tasted it last night 😭🤗GF and peanut allergy friendly as it is made with delicious organic @Sunbutter ✨Hope you guys love it as much as my sis and I do! 😘 . PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD 2 bananas 1 1/4 c pumpkin pure (I used organic) ⅓ c organic @sunbutter 1 c gf oats 2 tbsp coconut flour 1/4 c coconut sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp pumpkin spice (I used primatepalate) 2 tsp cinnamon 2 eggs About ½ c chocolate chips . Directions: process oats into a flour (I used @vitamix) add to a bowl along with remaining dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, blend together eggs, @sunbutter, coconut sugar, bananas, and pumpkin purée. Mix in dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 45 min. Cut into slices and drizzle @sunbutter over the top!!🤗 #sunbutter #sponsor Make sure to follow @sunbutter for more delicious recipes like this!
Christie, “your personal trainer to Get Fit & Stay Fit” . . . . Together we will “Get Fit for Fall” and beyond!
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