Fall semester is in full swing and I can feel the magic in the air. The leaves are changing and hoodie season is on its way. As we gear up for cool weather, costumes, and turkey dinner. Fall would not be fall without the all so delicious pumpkin flavored food products.
Marking companies have taken full advantage of this fall delight! Originally pumpkins were utilized for Halloween décor and as a Thanksgiving dessert. But, these days you can get just about anything in pumpkin flavor- ANYTHING!
While browsing the grocery store and searching the web, I ran across some of the most unusual pumpkin spiced products. While these products seem neat, they are just down right vicious! Let us take a sneak peek of what is out there.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte-
There are 380 calories, 13g of fat (8g are saturated fat), and 49g of SUGAR!
Pumpkin Spiced Alcohol-
In just 12oz of this product, you can receive 185 calories and 18g of carbohydrate. Compared to other alcoholic beverages, this one does not necessarily top the charts on the carb factor, however you should consume in moderation!
Pumpkin Spiced Cookies-
The serving size for this delectable is 2 cookies. In one serving you can ingest 150 empty calories, 18g of saturated fat and 22g of carbohydrates.
Pumpkin Spiced Oreos-
I do not know ANYONE that eats only TWO Oreos….do you? Well my friends that is the serving size for these tasty bites. In only two cookies there are 150 calories (60 calories from fat), 7g of total fat and 20g of carbohydrate.
Among these items, you may also find pumpkin pie pop-tarts, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin spiced whipped peanut butter, pumpkin spice marshmallows, and pumpkin ice cream. There is one last item I seriously thought was a joke! To my surprise, I found this product to be true. “Drum roll please”- Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles.
Now that we have established a few outrageous sources of pumpkin flavored products, let us take a sneak peek at some nutritious products.
I had to share a picture of the entire nut/seed shelving due to the fact this bag was the ONLY bag of pumpkin seeds on the shelf. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
Pumpkin Spice Flax Granola Bars-
The serving size for this product is 2 bars. In one serving you will get 170 calories, 0.5g of saturated fat, 2g of polyunsatured fat, 3g of monounsatured fat, 26g of carbs, 4g of fiber, and 5g of protein.
A whole pumpkin-
Pumpkins are low in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium and a good source of vitamin E, iron and magnesium. This delicious fruit can help lower your risk of heart disease and improve your digestive system. Antioxidants, vitamin A, C, and E, can help with vision, immunity and cell health. Minerals, potassium, iron, and magnesium, can help with kidney function and muscle performance. Magnesium also assists most body system functions.
As we approach fall and are tempted to over indulge in pumpkin flavored goodies, skip the processed non-nutritive store packaged pumpkin products and go back to the roots of this nutrient dense gourd. Purchase a whole pumpkin and create more than just a fabulous carving by utilizing the nutrients within to whip up your favorite dish. Pumpkins can be used for soups, bread, and a magnitude of side dishes.
While your pumpkin might not turn into a carriage, it can turn into a magical nutrient rich snack!- Christina
What is your favorite pumpkin delight? Share pictures and recipes!