Health benefits of adding pumpkin into your diet

Fall is here and pumpkin products are everywhere. What are the benefits and how can you work it into your diet? Natalia Bohland is a registered dietitian at  Heart Hospital of Austin. She stopped by Good Day Austin to dish out the details on pumpkin. 
 
 
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
 
Ingredients:
 
1 can pumpkin 16 oz
 
1 packet gelatin unflavored
 
1 cup boiling water
 
½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
 
¼ cup Splenda sugar blend
 
1 tablespoon Stevia powder
 
1 tablespoon cinnamon
 
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
 
2 tablespoons fat free or light whipped cream (for topping)
 
Directions:
 
Place 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish or cup and heat for 1 minute until
 
boiling.
 
Add packet of gelatin to boiling water and stir until gelatin completely dissolves,
 
about 5 minutes.
 
In blender add pumpkin, cottage cheese, Splenda, Stevia, spices and blend until
 
combined.
 
Add gelatin mixture and continue to blend for 2 minutes.
 
Pour in pudding dishes or cups
 
Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. Garnish as desired.
 
Makes 3 cups or six ½ cup servings
 
Nutritional Breakdown:
 
Calories 93
 
Protein 4.4 grams
 
Carbohydrate 17 grams
 
Fat 1.2 grams
 
Whipped cream adds an additional 20 calories and 3 grams of carbs

 

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