Fall is all about those warm and inviting flavors that pair well with the chilly weather, like cinnamon, apples, caramel, squash, and so much more. But one autumn favorite in particular should be added to your regular regimen, especially your morning oatmeal. Mixing a little pumpkin puree into this breakfast staple not only tastes delicious, it could be great for your health — and your waistline.
Oatmeal is already a powerful food that’s incredible for your body and well-being. It lowers inflammation, improve blood sugar levels, protects “good” cholesterol, lessens constipation, and packs a fiber-filled punch to ensure that your digestive tract works the way it’s supposed to. All of those factors make it critical for weight loss and sustained weight management in the long run. Some women have even reported losing up to a pound a day thanks to adding various oatmeal combinations into their regular diets. It’s a hard-working food!
Looking for ways to take all of those benefits to the next level? That’s where your trusty pumpkin puree comes in. One cup of cooked pumpkin adds another three grams of fiber to your oatmeal to stop belly bloat and help you shed those extra pounds in truly delicious fashion. It also brings a number of other important nutrients into the mix that oatmeal doesn’t do on its own, including vitamins A, C, and E, which are great for sharp eyes, supple skin, strengthened immunity, and cell damage protection. In fact, studies show that the antioxidants found in pumpkin may fight a number of chronic illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. It’s an added bonus that its warm, slightly sweet flavor, not to mention its smooth texture, will make your dish taste extra tasty.
Want to get started making your own pumpkin oatmeal this fall? It doesn’t take much more time than preparing traditional oatmeal and you can always add your other favorite autumn-themed foods, like nuts, raisins, and more. What’s not to love?