If you are missing out on the pumpkin spice everything (though artificially flavored and full of sugar) and feeling deprived, I am here to help!
I’m not so much obsessed with pumpkin spice as a flavor, but I truly appreciate what a nutrient-dense food nature provides us when we need it most. Like most winter squashes, pumpkin is high in vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which support a healthy immune system—much needed this time of year as we enter cold and flu season. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6 which in my clinical experience a lot of people are deficient in. B6 is easily depleted but is required for so many physiological processes, including digestion and healthy hormone function. Pumpkin also contains minerals, and is a great source of those pesky healthy “good” carbohydrates. And the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of healthy fats (not to mention delicious).
Pumpkin can also be used medicinally to treat digestive issues. I prefer to use pumpkin purée that I make from a fresh roasted pumpkin, but I stock up on organic puréed pumpkin this time of year so I always have it. Anytime my digestion is off, I add pumpkin to a smoothie or blended coffee, or most often I just eat a spoonful (or two or three...) of it. It helps all digestive issues, including diarrhea and constipation. It’s also safe for cats and dogs. Growing up, my dogs got pumpkin mixed in their food anytime their stomach was upset or they were throwing up, and now both of my cats get pumpkin when they are sick (or as a treat when I have some on hand); our kitten loves pumpkin and eats it plain!
To make it even more gut-friendly, I added some Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, and grass-fed butter, which are both gut-healing foods. You could also use ghee, which is also great for gut health, or coconut oil if you prefer that.
If you really want to get in the pumpkin spirit, make some of my favorite grain-free pumpkin muffins!
The REAL Pumpkin Spice Latte
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 1 cup of coffee
*Note: if you are not doing bulletproof-style coffee, coconut milk or Nutpods will work.
Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until mixed thoroughly. Pour into your favorite mug and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spices or cinnamon. Enjoy!
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