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JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
10/5/12 2:10 P

Pumpkin in and of itself is a pretty healthy food. So, go off the beaten path a bit maybe. Add some pumpkin puree and pie spices to your oatmeal or some plain yogurt. I konw Jell-o makes a pumpkin pudding in the fall as well. You can also use canned pumpkin to replace eggs and oil in cake mixes like you can with applesauce. I've done a spice cake using canned pumpkin (add a little water for the right consistency). I bet this would also be delicious with a carrot cake mix. Put some pumpkin puree and pie spices into some pancake mix. My mom has a great dip recipe that is basically a can of pumpkin purree (not pie filling), cool whip and vanilla pudding mix. You mix the dry pudding mix, pumpkin and cool whip with some spices and let it stand in the fridge for a few hours. It's great with graham cracker sticks. I bet you could also use it as a pie filling in a nilla wafer or graham craker crust.

I've also seen some lighter versions of pumpkin pie. I've recently been browsing the recipes at verybestbaking.com in search of a yummy pumpkin recipe for my work's annual "Pumpkin Fest". There's some yummy looking stuff there!

SHAKEUPTAMPA SparkPoints: (9,500)
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10/5/12 12:48 P

I am one of the biggest pumpkin addicts there are! I have won in a baking competition every year the past 3yrs for my church ministry for our Pumpkin party...but alas this year I must contain myself even if I can't contain my baking. I buy Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights cookies to keep on hand as a sinful treat..150 calories for one but so soft and I pull apart and savor each bite. Otherwise when it comes down to it I am willing to cut back a bit to allow myself a few treats at the festive times and parties I attend. I also do not do Herbalife as a program but the pumpkin spice is great for a morning shake or you can mix it with pudding and milk and turn it into a low calorie form of pumpkin pie. I am going to try blending it frothy for more of a milkshake one day.

EYESLIKESUMMER Posts: 40
10/5/12 12:10 P

I understand moderation but I can't seem to figure out how to justify eating a 500 calorie cookie. And at the same time switching the sugar free syrup in my coffee to pumpkin is not an added charge and my ex boss/barista knows to well my love of pumpkin and tends to have it ready for me by the time I'm ready to pay. I like the idea about only eating homemade goodies, they usually taste better. But unless I make them I can't figure out the damage. I could easily make my own treats but no one else in my home likes pumpkin. Which is probably why I'm searching for something to get the flavor I crave without to much damage. Is there such a thingas pumpkin tea? Or a sugar free pumpkin syrup?

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (75,438)
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10/5/12 11:31 A

I just made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins last night. Ok, so the sugar is high and they have about 6 g of fat but I managed to slice it down a bit by using liquid egg whites instead of whole eggs, I substituted whole flour instead of all purpose flour and to be honest I could have cut the brown sugar down even more to about half a cup rather than 3/4. They were also super chocolately (semisweet chocolate chips) and I had already reduced the amount. I added 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and they could have been fine with 1/4 or 1/2 a cup which would have reduced the overall carbs and sugar.

Mine were 160 cals, 34 g carbs, 6 g fat and 2 g protein. They were a total hit with my kids and a nice treat for me. Really spongy and moist. You can find the recipe on spark's recipes.

I also tried a pumpkin soup by Chef Meg, mine was 75 cal, 9 g carbs, 3 g fat and 2 g protein because I didn't use any pumpkin seeds. But blech, it was gross. It could just be me, I really, really want to like pumpkin and I just keep trying to make it work but it usually doesn't happen for me. The pumpkin muffins were great though but I'd consider them a treat.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/5/2012 (11:36)
SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
10/5/12 11:25 A

Switch what you're indulging in. For example, I eat a few pieces of candy almost daily, but if I know I'm going to be eating out or there's going to be cake at work for someone's bday, I'll cut out the candy and partake in a small piece of my coworker's birthday cake instead.

Be particular though. I'm more inclined to partake in homemade pumpkin goodies. When it comes to buying pumpkin treats, I think I'm more particular because I'm forced to think both 'do I want to eat this?' and 'do I want to pay for this?'

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,805)
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10/5/12 11:17 A

There are a LOT of pumpkin recipes on Sparkrecipes. Have you checked out that site yet? This one has gotten rave reviews.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=157762


MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (119,833)
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10/5/12 11:15 A

My daughter is a vegetarian. She buys a small pumpkin, takes out the seeds, dices it and adds it to a stir fry over brown rice.

EYESLIKESUMMER Posts: 40
10/5/12 10:58 A

It's fall which means my favorite treat is here and only for a limited time... pumpkin. Everything pumpkin related seems to be full of fat and/or sugar and always high in calories. Does anyone have any tricks in indulging without wrecking my diet? Any pumpkin goodies that aren't bad for us? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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