As we transition seasons, nothing says autumn like the return of pumpkin spice everything. You will find lattes, coffees, desserts and even more interesting items like pumpkin-flavored adult beverages and chips. No matter what form it is in, people love this fall favorite.
This delicious flavor is a treat to the taste buds, but did you know pumpkin is also good for you? Fresh or canned – it is an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium. As an added bonus, it’s low in calories.
The tough reality about pumpkin spice
While pumpkin itself is healthy and filled with nutrients, often the drinks and foods that are flavored are loaded with artificial syrups, excess sugar and unneeded calories. In fact, pick up a large “PSL” at some coffee shops, and you’ll be drinking more than 400 calories. Even more shocking: They can have upwards of 50 grams of added sugar.
The American Heart Association recommends women have no more than 25 grams of sugar per day, and for men, no more than 37.5 grams a day.
For an alternative treat, Profile by Sanford has a few fun and healthy recipes using real or canned pumpkin plus seasoning, so you can still get your pumpkin spice fix without all of the excess.
Check out these tasty pumpkin spice recipes, and enjoy the fall season – a bit more healthfully.
- Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Profile Vanilla Pumpkin Latte Shake
- Pumpkin Pie Pudding
- Profile Pumpkin Crock Pot Cake
- Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
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