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Pumpkin Everything!

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First Opinion will help curb your pumpkin addiction from sugary lattes and pies to healthy, wholesome recipes fit for any brisk fall day.

Our obsession with pumpkin flavored treats has become synonymous with the fall season. Think about it, when the word pumpkin or pumpkin spice is mentioned, how many of you immediately envision yourself waiting for your name to be called at your local coffee shop so you can receive that delicious pumpkin latte? We get it, pumpkin spice is here to stay; but does that mean its savory taste has to be associated with unhealthy foods? Your doctor can help you keep it healthy. To get you started, we have compiled a list of our favorite healthy pumpkin snacks that will satisfy even the most die hard pumpkin fans.

Pumpkin Almond Butter

What better way to start your fall morning than with a warm bowl of steel cut oats seasoned with dollop of pumpkin almond butter? All you need are about 2 cups of almonds, a can of pumpkin, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, maple syrup and a blender. This wholesome and hearty addition to your breakfast will not only help energize you for the day ahead, but prevent you from snacking on that pumpkin muffin on the way to the office. Trust us, it’s that filling!

Pumpkin Seeds

The classic. Sometimes the healthiest snack is the simplest one to make. Pumpkins are full of nutritious and hearty seeds packed with natural zinc, protein and omega-3’s. Not only do they promote healthy hearts and livers from their antioxidants and fibrous shells, they also help you sleep better! Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan; the same amino acid found in turkey that lulls your body into a restful sleep. Season your seeds however you’d like! The choice is yours. Grab a pumpkin, start carving and roast those seeds at 300 degrees.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Come on, did you really think we would skip this pumpkin staple? Enjoy this latte recipe with the knowledge that there are no artificial sweeteners or syrups. Even better, you don’t have to track down a fancy boutique to get all the ingredients. All you need is pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup and a splash of nutmeg to make your own natural pumpkin spice syrup! Add it to coffee, oatmeal or whatever needs a little extra pumpkin goodness. 

Talk with your doctor for more healthy ideas!

Your First Opinion doctor is there for all of your health questions, big and small. Sometimes it’s a nasty cold or a scraped up arm, but other times it can be as simple as “hey doc, how can I make my diet a little bit healthier?” Reach out anytime, day or night for quick and helpful answers to all of your questions.

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