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Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal

This recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day, especially for those following diets and easy weight loss programs. What’s extra awesome about this recipe is that it’s fast and easy, yet tastes like heaven. It’s seasonal and fills you up, while providing a load of beneficial antioxidants. It’s an ideal breakfast meal but its warmth makes it a great option for healthy comfort food any time of day.

Pumpkin is an ideal food for dieters as it packs three grams of fiber per cup, yet only 50 calories.  The fiber curbs your appetite, fills you up and promotes healthy digestion. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A—one eight ounce serving contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily consumption. They also contain high levels of important carotenoids including lutein and alpha- and beta-carotene, which stave off disease, protect eyesight and protect the skin from UV rays. Pumpkins are also excellent sources of iron, potassium, riboflavin and immunity-boosting vitamin C. The spices in this recipe also boosts its antioxidant content and rev up the metabolism so that you burn more calories throughout the day.

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Ingredients

1 cups steel cut oats
2 1/2 cups hot water
1 cup pumpkin puree, fresh or canned
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
½ cup reduced-sugar maple syrup

Directions

Combine all the ingredients together and mix well. Add to a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for between 20 and 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat when the oatmeal reaches its desired thickness. Top with maple syrup and serve.

Makes two to four servings.

 

 

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