Good vs. Bad pumpkin recipes
This train wreck of a “healthy” pumpkin recipe was
on the web today, since it is halloween this is the sort of
thing you can expect to see over the next while.
And people love pumpkin recipes! Pumpkin is a KILLER
great natural carb source that is so-underused. I
make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin oatmeal and…
pumpkin protein shakes.
Now this is how NOT to do it (saw this on the web today):
2 cups of vanilla reduced fat ice cream, softened
1 cup fat-free milk
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons frozen fat free whipped topping
pumpkin pie spice
here’s the punch line – these ingredients are supposed to be the
healthy, low calorie version! Yes – it was published
in a health magazine!
Ice cream? brown sugar? Whipped cream?
Sheesh! are they living back in the 1980’s fat-free
era or something? You have to pay attention !!
Here’s how a health concious person would do it (the right way)
1 cup skim or lowfat milk
1/2 cup canned (pure/natural) pumpkin
1 scoop vanilla casein protein powder
cinnamon to taste
sweetener is optional (splenda or stevia, if you prefer avoiding the art. sweet’s)
blend it up and….. yum! Drink up.
Simple, that’s it, just 4-5 ingredients. Loaded with protein
NO sugar! Delicious! Sure you could use more ingredients
and get all fancy, but just try this basic version first and
see what you think.
The casein powders are great for this kind of shake because
they are so thick (compared to whey which is more watery
in shakes)… and a ‘secret tip': shakes with viscocity, aka thickness
or even some kind of “chew factor”, have been scientifically
proven to increase how full you feel.
If you’re really hungry / thirsty, you might want to scale up those ingredients a bit.
Have “FIT” day