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Guilt-Free Pumpkin Treats (and Dinners) That You Need Now

We know pumpkin this and pumpkin that has been stalking you just about everywhere you go, and for those of us who aren’t interested in the sugary treats and lattes that are highly coveted during the fall, there seems to be no way to get our pumpkin fix. Fortunately, we’ve put you out of your misery, so you can partake in what seems to be fall’s greatest claim to fame these days.

When pumpkin scented candles and body products just won’t do the job, one of these goodies should help you out.

Below, our top 7 healthy pumpkin dessert tricks, treats and recipes that you won’t regret biting into.

Let’s just get this one out of the way: the reduced-cal PSL. Do you really need whip, whole milk and extra pumps of syrup? Nope. Opt for almond or coconut milk, skip the whip and ask for half the syrup. Problem solved!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie -- it may be a little chillier out, but we’re always down for a refreshing smoothie pre or post workout, especially when it gives us an excuse to devour our favorite fall squash. Oh, and it takes just five minutes to make, so there’s really no excuse to reach for that doughnut when you’re starving.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites -- As if energy bites couldn’t get any more delicious, pumpkin-flavored ones just entered into your life. These fudgy, protein packed mini bites are just 150 calories for two energy balls, and we’re sure that’ll satisfy all your cravings.  


Pumpkin Chilli -- OK, we know what you’re thinking: this is literally a “trick” you’re playing on me. Well, we’re not because this stuff is seriously addicting. If you didn’t think you could bring pumpkin to the dinner table, you’ve been wrong your whole life. Pumpkin makes the chilli extra creamy, hearty and takes just 10 minutes to prep and 25 to cook to perfection.


Pumpkin Ice Cream -- Whether you live in the desert or the Arctic (OK, maybe not), ice cream is always in the game plan, but not when it adds on serious pounds. Luckily, this homemade pumpkin treat will let you still reach your fitness goals and let you join in on the pumpkin bandwagon this season. The best part? There’s only four ingredients. Be right back, prepping now.


Pumpkin Pasta -- Ah, pasta. A runner’s favorite word, so we know you’re already sold on this one. This one-pot meal is SO easy to make. It’s a gooey, extra cheesy recipe topped with red pepper flakes and of course a can of pumpkin puree. Easy, peasy and tasty.

Pumpkin Soup -- If the last time you tried this was in kindergarten (like me), I suggest letting your adult palate enjoy it this time around. Because pumpkin is so creamy, there’s no need for cream, saving you some inches on your waist. Plus, this dinner takes just 10 minutes to cook, so this is for all you people on the go.

Pumpkin Pop tarts -- It’s probably been a few years since you’ve hit up the pop tart aisle (at least we hope), but we are happy to tell you it’s appropriate to eat your favorite breakfast treat again. With a maple glaze and maple pumpkin filling, all your dreams will be fulfilled. While these might not exactly by healthy, they’re certainly better than store bought ones.

By Tamara Kraus

Oct 26, 2016

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