With the weather cooling off after a hot summer, you can kick off the fall season with delicious pumpkin smoothies. Smoothies can satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.
Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Added to that, its low in calories and fat.
Eat the wrong snacks and it could blow a hole through your fat burning and weight loss goals. Empty calories leave you, well, empty and looking for your next meal too soon.
You could be gaining weight because of your snacks between meals. What you eat for snacks can mean the difference between out-of-control weight gain or weight loss management/fat loss.
Snacks bridge the gap between meals and can help you eat less at regular mealtime.
Going too long between meals can cause you to load up on sugary carbohydrates to get quick energy. These types of snacks are usually high in calories, not very nutritious and cause rapid ups and downs in blood sugar levels.
Other health benefits of pumpkin:
b. Alpha and Beta Carotene
c. Vitamins C and E
f. Pantothenic acid ( a B Vitamin that supports your metabolism and adrenals)
Here is a great pumpkin smoothie:
2 cups of pumpkin
1 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon sucanat
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons butterscotch flavoring
2 to 2-1/2 cups water
2 ice cubes (optional)
2 teaspoons sesame tahini (ethnic food department)
Bake pumpkins until tender. Let cool (in refrigerator when not too warm). Begin blending. After several seconds of blending, stop the unit and mix the ingredients, if necessary, using a long utensil. Re-blend to a creamy consistency. Serve warm or chilled.
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