I have one word for you: PUMPKIN CUBES!! Okay, that’s two words, but you know what I mean. For those of you who have followed me for a while, you might remember my love of all things cubed. I’ve made banana cubes, and huge batches of fruit smoothies all frozen into individual cubes. I’ve pulverized, cubed, and frozen spinach to use in my smoothies. I even cubed some pesto!
For me, from way back when I first started Weight Watchers, my go-to treat for the fall has been Pumpkin Custard. As they explained in W.W., the pie crust is where all the calories are. The pumpkin pie filling really doesn’t have that many calories. Of course it took me a few years to get over the fact that my favorite part of pumpkin pie was THE CRUST and THE WHIPPED CREAM on top. Once I got over that, I embraced the pumpkin custard, and it has gone through various revisions over the years. Now my favorite way to make it is my single serving recipe. Its a simple recipe to mix, and then I don’t feel pressured to eat it four nights in a row. However, when you open the big can of pumpkin, there is a lot of leftover pumpkin after you use 1/3 cup for this recipe. And THAT is when I came up with the pumpkin cube.
I don’t know what made me try this recipe raw, but I really love it. Its like one of those dessert soups I see on my cooking shows. And once I made the pumpkin cubes, I could make a frosty drink out of it! This morning I added 1/2 scoop of my vanilla whey protein powder, and that was a super delicious pumpkin protein smoothie for only 170 calories and about 17 grams of protein.
Now that I’ve got my handy dandy pumpkin cubes, I will probably be making even more pumpkin treats this fall. When I put “pumpkin” into the search box on my recipe site, I found more recipes than i even remembered having. (read this next sentence in Forrest Gump) There’s pumpkin pecan scones, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin protein snack bars, pumpkin in 3M Chia muffins, and pumpkin added to my fabulous quinoa breakfast recipe.
There are plenty of other hurdles to cross throughout this long holiday season, but having a simple and satisfying treat that I can enjoy any time is a really good thing.
Be sure to visit my AIM compadres to see what they have to say about The Eating Season. I’m sure we each have a very different take on how we enjoy the food and the holidays while still maintaining our weight loss!