Get the most out of your Thanksgiving dessert.
I love Thanksgiving. I especially look forward to the traditional desserts—like pumpkin pie. But as you know, most conventional pumpkin pie recipes are made with granulated sugar and sweetened condensed milk that can result in sugar shock. Even the so-called healthy variations contain too many natural sugars, devoid of nutritional value.
So, instead of giving up on this festive treat, I decided to give it a gluten-free superfoods makeover—complete with super seasonings and super sweeteners.
That wasn’t hard to do because pumpkins happen to be extremely rich in nutritional value to begin with. While surprisingly low in calories, pumpkins deliver a powerful potassium punch in just one cup of mashed.
With nearly 600 mg of this heart and cortisol-balancing mineral—1/3 more potassium than a banana—they are also an unexpected source of fiber and carotenoids. Pumpkins offer up more than 2,000 mcg of the vision-protecting carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin—with a decent supply of B complex vitamins and manganese—a trace mineral so important in reducing the swelling, pain, and stiffness in joints.
Here is a quick run-down of some of the other flavorful, highly healthy ingredients that my pumpkin pie contains and that you may already have on hand:
Cinnamon - The spice that can spice up your health, too. A mere ½ teaspoon per day helps to level out blood sugar and can also alleviate arthritic pain.
Nutmeg - An antibacterial spice that is known for improving circulation and concentration while calming down the stomach. A sleep promoter.