Forget the flu shot! This year, fight back with food instead!
Did you know PUMPKIN is a flu-fighting food?!
Pumpkin has always been one of my favorite foods. Along with the crisp, cool weather and colorful leaves, pumpkins make fall my favorite season!
Not only are they super yummy, but pumpkins also contain immunity boosters, like:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- other healthy components, such as essential fatty acids, protein and magnesium
- it is also a natural diuretic, aiding in flushing out body toxins
Now, on to a recipe for Probiotic Pumpkin Dip— where you can enjoy all these amazing health benefits AND indulge your sweet tooth!
Ingredients: pumpkin puree, plain yogurt, honey (or THM Gentle Sweet/Pyure), cinnamon and ginger, pumpkin pie spice
Probiotic Pumpkin Dip
Yield 3 cups
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain, nonfat yogurt (full of probiotics and great for overall health!)
- 1 cup honey (raw will yield even more health benefits!) OR 1/2 c. THM Gentle Sweet/Pyure
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- pumpkin pie spice, to taste (optional)
- Combine pumpkin puree and yogurt. Add in spices. Stir in honey.
- Serve with gingerbread or spice cookies.
- For my THM friends, a 1/4 of this recipe can be consumed in an FP or S setting (depending on if you use nonfat yogurt or full fat yogurt). Anymore than that, and the pumpkin would push it into an E (so make sure you use nonfat yogurt).
- This dip is perfect to take to a holiday party. It tastes sweet, but not too sweet. Maple syrup may be an alternate sweetener, but I didn’t test it.
- You can even eat it by itself as a pudding.
- Stir the dip into oatmeal or use it to spice up pancakes, muffins or breads.
I LOVE adding it on top of my THM pancakes!
*I modified this recipe from Taste of Home’s pumpkin dip recipe.
For more information on the health benefits of pumpkins, check out this article and this article.
Check out my pumpkin recipe round-up if you need even more ideas! You can see all of the pumpkin recipes on my blog on this page!
I am 35 weeks pregnant and my doctor just let me know that he isn’t happy that I am not getting the flu shot. I really miss my midwife, but we moved to a tiny burg in the middle of nowhere with no midwives lol. I think I will console myself with this dip and some gingerbread cookies! Take that flu season 🙂
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Do you have a healthy recipe for ginger snaps? Thanks!
Can you use low fat yogurt instead of whole milk yogurt? I have to avoid the fat. Thanks-L
Yes, you can!