Summer is winding down and Americans are already clamoring for their pumpkin spice fix…usually lattes, muffins, donuts, cakes and pies.
Why all this passion for pumpkin spice? It must be the health benefits and perhaps the taste as well. Loaded with vitamin A, pumpkin spice helps to boost immunity, improve eyesight, and contains inflammation fighters, antioxidants and potassium. According to the renowned Cleveland Clinic, it also can help prevent heart disease and promotes brain health. So do not feel bad eating a lot of Pumpkin Spice during Pumpkin Spice Season.
Evidently adding pumpkin spice to your diet can have tremendous benefits. So what are some of the healthy ways to introduce pumpkin spice into your daily diet: For those who love a splash of cream in their coffee or tea, try the dairy creamer Califia Farms’ Pumpkin Spice Better Half. Made with coconut cream and almond milk, with real pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. And it’s sugar free! A choice of protein and fruit bars such as KIND and LARABAR, low in sugar, moderate in calories.
How does spiced pumpkin vinaigrette sound to you over a nice bed of greens sprinkled with dried cranberries and walnuts…yum! Looking for some pumpkin spice in your morning cereal…then try Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, made with real pumpkin puree or Kellogg’s Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini Wheats! Even Hostess has pumpkin spice twinkies!
Everyone one loves Pumpkin Spice Season
Also let’s not forget about Starbucks pumpkin spice hot and cold brew offerings, canned pumpkin puree and, most of all, and probably the best, fresh pumpkin available in your local supermarkets. In conclusion, think about making your own pumpkin spice mixture. Basic ingredients include cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
Experiment. Add a little cayenne, turmeric, cumin, or star anise. Even a sprinkle of garam marsala may give it a different twist.
And don’t forget the real pumpkin…after all, tis the season!
BTW, What’s your favorite pumpkin spice guilty pleasure?