Around the Web: Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Perfect for Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Are you ready for the fall season? How excited are you for all the yummy recipes with pumpkins? We know that we can’t wait to try some of the delicious pumpkin recipes we have found Around the Web!

Spiced Pumpkin Cider by She Knows Food & Recipes

50 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall by Two Peas and Their Pod

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal by Cooking Classy

Pumpkin Gnocchi by Manu’s Menu

Pumpkin Pie by A Table for Two

Pumpkin Gingerbread Mini Loaves by Good Thymes & Good Food

10 Foods Always in Our Pantry

Healthy Things in Our Pantry

Our pantry is always stocked with yummy things, but these ten foods are a must have at all times. They are healthy, yummy and super good for you.

Share with us Your Must-Haves in the Pantry!

Healthy Breakfasts Ideas Under 300 Calories

Healthy Breakfast Under 300 Calories

Skipping breakfast can put you at greater risk of being overweight and slow down your weight loss no matter how hard you work on everything else. Start your day with these healthy under 300 calorie breakfast ideas. You will feel better, be more energized and be able to lose weight or maintain your goal.

Having cereal for breakfast is a great idea, but having the same thing every morning can get a bit boring. Try making your morning cereal interesting by adding in fresh fruit, dry fruit or nuts. Here are some great ideas:

  • 1 cup Cheerios cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup Special K cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup Cheerios cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 10 raspberries, 4 small strawberries
  • 1 cup Special K cereal, 1 cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon raisins, 1 tablespoon almond slivers

You can use any whole grain cereal you like not just the two mentioned above. Make sure to measure your cereal and stick to whole grains, oats and not the sweet, sugary kind.

Another great breakfast idea is oatmeal and you can make it so many different ways. Preferably cook your oatmeal in water, don’t add salt and use old-fashioned oats not the instant kind that has so many added things not good for you. Oatmeal is great with fresh fruit like bananas, berries, peaches… It’s perfect with honey and nuts. Be creative, add the right things, but don’t over do it. You just need some interesting flavor with your morning cereal (hot or cold) and not too many ingredients or calories.

  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon honey, 1 medium pear diced, 1 teaspoon almond slivers
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal in water (no salt added), 1 teaspoon honey, handful of chopped walnuts

Another great way to enjoy oatmeal is to make it overnight without cooking.

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon raisins, 1 tablespoon pecans
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/2 cup rice milk, 1 tablespoon almond slivers, 1/2 cup raspberries

Even when you are watching your weight or trying to lose it you don’t need to deprive yourself to reach your goal. You can still enjoy your favorite breakfast like bagels, cereal, eggs, waffles, pancakes all you need is a bit of planing and know your portions. More great breakfast ideas:

  • Bagel with Cream Cheese & Tomato, 1 small (3 ounce) whole grain bagel, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 2 slices of tomato, dash or two of pepper
  • Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup, 1  whole grain waffle (frozen), 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon pecans
  • Spinach & Bacon Omelet, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, 2 slices cooked turkey bacon (crumbled), 1 cup baby spinach, cooking spray, 1 slice whole grain toast, 1 teaspoon butter
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Pancakes, 1/3 cup prepared whole-grain pancake batter, 1/2 small banana (chopped), 2 teaspoons peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey
  • Vanilla Spice French Toast with Apple, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, dash each cinnamon and nutmeg, 2 slices whole grain bread, 1/2 medium apple (sliced)
  • Banana Pecan Waffles, 2  frozen low-fat whole grain waffles, 1/2 banana (thinly sliced), 2 tablespoons pecans (chopped)
  • Santa Fe Egg Scramble, 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons canned green chilies (dried), 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, 1 whole wheat tortilla (heated), 1/2 grapefruit

Remember to have variety in your diet. Add in wholesome ingredients and always pay attention to portion control. Measure your food, make it yourself and have fun on your healthy journey!

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Oatmeal

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal

It’s pumpkin season and that means you should take advantage of this healthy, low-calorie fruit/vegetable. Perfect in so may recipes like this delicious oatmeal.

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Oatmeal  Recipe

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Oatmeal 

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

2 tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree (from a can or Homemade Pumpkin Puree)

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe

Directions:

Cook oatmeal in water according to the box/bag. When cooked halfway add in pumpkin puree. Mix well. When done add in brown sugar and cook just till sugar melts.

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe

Serve right away. Makes one serving.

Homemade Oatmeal Cereal Bars

Healthy and Delicious Homemade Oatmeal Cereal Bars

These homemade cereal bars make a wonderful snack, breakfast or treat. They are perfect for both kids and grownups. Perfect to take to school, have as after school snack or when you are running late and just need to grab something and go. They also work perfectly as a quick after workout bar.

Homemade Oatmeal Cereal Bars

Ingredients:

2 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped or slivered almonds

1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1 cup raisins

1 cup honey

3 small green apples, peeled and chopped

1 cup water

1/2 lemon, juice only

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 12 baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine oatmeal, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and raisins. Mix together. Set aside. In a blender combine apples, water and lemon juice. Pulls or blend until combined. Pour the apple mixture over the dry ingredients and mix all together until well combined. Add in honey and blend again. Scoop your mixture into your parchment lined sheet. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.

Bake for 25 minutes. When done, cool in the pan until room temperature. Remove from the pan and cut into 40 squares/bars. One square/bar makes a serving.