It’s the time of year where pumpkin seems to be in everything, and this blog is no exception.
Pumpkin is considered a starchy vegetable like winter squash, corn, potatoes or peas. It’s an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, vitamins and of course, deliciousness. For a simple breakfast that will power you up for a run and that you can enjoy, try this recipe for Pumpkin Protein Oats.
Stir together the oats, pumpkin, egg whites, milk and honey in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes, or until the center of the mixture is firm, indicating that it has been cooked all of the way through. Stir. Top with walnuts and chopped apple. Enjoy!
This recipe makes one large and filling serving and provides 60 grams of carbohydrates (mostly complex), 17.7 g protein, 14.3 g fat, 7.9 grams of fiber and 419 calories.
For more protein, consider doubling the quantity of nuts, adding vanilla flavored protein powder or serving with a side of lean protein.
Written by Dietitian & Runner Cassandra Towns, RDN, LDN, CD, CLC