Each slice has only 102 calories, so it's a great snack to have if you're trying to lose weight and craving some sort of baked goody!
8 Health benefits of Pumpkin
- High in Fibre- Keeps you feeling fuller longer on less calories (hello weight loss!)
- Protects your Heart- The seeds contain Phytosterols, which are plant-based chemicals that have shown to improve "bad" cholesterol.
- May reduce cancer risk- Not only do the plant sterols in the seeds (mentioned above) help to reduce certain types of cancers, the substance that gives pumpkins their orange colour, beta-carotene, may also play a role in prevention of cancer (according to the National Cancer Institute).
- Anti-Aging- The same free-radical-neutralising carotenoids that help reduce our risk of cancer also work to keep our skin wrinkle free!
- Improved Mood- An amino acid, tryptophan, found in the seeds, is important in the production of serotonin, a major player when it comes to keeping us happy.
- Great post-workout food- We all know the importance of refuelling after a workout in order to help with muscle repair and growth. It's surprising to note that the humble pumpkin is a great source of potassium, even more so than the banana, to help re-balance electrolytes and maintain muscle function.
- Vitamin C- Just one cup give your 20% of your daily requirement of the vitamin.
2 cups pumpkin pureè
3/4 cup almond meal
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 egg whites
3 sticks of stevia
1 tsp cinnamon
- Pumpkin pureè- place cut up pumpkin onto a tray lined with baking paper and spray olive oil with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake on 180 degrees C until soft. Transfer to bowl and pureè using stick blender, or masher.
- Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Transfer to grease baking tin, and bake on 180 degrees C for half an hour, or until knife wipes clean upon testing.
- Remove from oven, tip tin upside down to remove, cut into 8 slices and enjoy warm!
Macronutrient Information per slice:
Energy = 102 cals
Protein = 11.5g
Carbohydrates = 6.5g
Sugar = 0.4g
Fat = 5.6g