It’s been awhile since my last post. I’d apologize and explain that between working, trying to keep a somewhat clean house and raising two minions under the age of 5 … I’ve been kinda busy. But you can relate. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re still in pajama pants, sipping cold coffee, using your ‘Mom eyes’ to keep the kid on timeout quiet, while trying to brush your hair with one hand and put someone’s shoes on with the other. I feel you, Momma.
But anyway – I had to write about pumpkin foods in October. It’s quite possibly my favorite food season.
The best thing about pumpkin? It’s a healthy veggie you can actually get your kids to eat.
Pumpkins are chock full of fiber, which will keep your kids feeling full longer. That means they’re less likely to start whining about needing another snack. It’s also low in calories, high in vitamins A and C and has a number of other healthy qualities, according to webmd.com.
Whether you tell them there’s pumpkin in the dish, or try to sneak the veggie in without them noticing, these 5 delicious recipes will keep your kids satisfied and give them a nutritional boost.
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls (pictured above) – These are so delicious and chock full of oats, pumpkin, walnuts and flax seed that you won’t care that they disappear before lunchtime. And my daughter’s not the only one sneaking these treats out of the fridge – my husband and I love that they hit our sweet tooth, but also leave us feeling full. (Note: I reduce the amount of maple syrup in this to just a Tablespoon or two.)
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – This recipe makes 18 delicious muffins that my family scarfs down in record time. Did I mention it only takes 4 ingredients?
- Pumpkin Banana Baby Food – Even your youngest eater can get a little pumpkin in his or her diet.
- Sweet Squashed Pumpkin Pie – There are 3 – yes 3! – vegetables in this pie! I won’t tell if you won’t. Just don’t forget the Homemade Whipped Cream (it takes minutes to make and is so much better than the stuff you’d buy!)
- Pumpkin Hummus – Another healthy snack for the win. Give ’em fresh veggies or crackers to dip in this delicious hummus. Plus, Superhealthykids.com has a whole page of pumpkin goodies for picky eaters that you’re going to want to check out!
Have a pumpkin recipe you want to share? I’d love to hear it! Leave it in the comments below.
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