Top Bariatric-Friendly Foods for Pumpkin Lovers
Now that it’s October, pumpkin foods and beverages seem to be everywhere! Those pumpkin treats are beyond tempting, but they’re not always very healthy. Often, they’re packed with sugar and carbs, low in protein, and not okay for a bariatric diet. It’s too bad, because pumpkin in its natural form is packed with fiber and other nutrients.
The BariatricPal Store has you covered, though. This year, you can enjoy pumpkin treats without guilt or regret. These are some of our top bariatric-friendly foods for pumpkin lovers.
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Start your day with a hot breakfast, flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon, and a good dose of protein with BariatricPal Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. They’re easy to make, and they’re pre-portioned in single-serving packs. Each serving has 15 grams of protein and only 90 calories.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
NuNaturals Pumpkin Spice Syrup is sugar-free and sweetened with stevia. You can use it to make your own pumpkin spice coffee beverages and save yourself 100’s of calories compared to something you’d buy at a coffee shop.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Speaking of coffee beverages, here’s an alternative to a sugary one from a coffee shop. BariatricPal Pumpkin Spice Latte has 90 calories, 15 grams of protein, 20% of the daily value for calcium, and only 2 grams of added sugars. It’s made with real cinnamon, and it’s a drink you can feel good about.
Pumpkin seeds are sources of healthy fats along with dietary fiber and antioxidants. They taste even better when you get them in flavored snack bags, such as SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seedz. Flavors include Sea Salt, Somewhat Spicy, Cinnamon Sugar, Vermont Maple Sugar and Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, and Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt.
Regular granola may be packed with carbohydrates from oats, dried fruit, and sugar or honey, but Nature’s Path Pumpkin Ketola Granola is a bariatric-friendly version of granola that’s grain-free and low-carb. Each serving only has 1 gram of net carbs, including 3 grams of dietary fiber. It also has 15 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
The main ingredients are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut. It’s sweetened with monk fruit and is a satisfying way to start your day or enjoy a mid-afternoon or late-night snack. You can even stir pumpkin puree into it to up the pumpkin flavor and benefits!
It’s in your hands! With Farmer’s Market Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree, you have the goodness of pure pumpkin in a convenient form that’s ready to use. Each serving has 4 grams of fiber and only 40 calories. What you do with it is up to you. It is great in oatmeal, in soups or chili, or in a low-carb cheesecake. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Oil Capsules
Let’s face it: pumpkin is one of the healthiest foods, but not everyone loves the taste. Or, maybe you just want to get an extra dose of the goodness of pumpkin in a concentrated form. NOW Foods Pumpkin Seed Oil Softgels each contain 2 mg of pumpkin seed oil, which has essential fatty acids. Each bottle has 100 capsules.
Now that you’ve seen a few possibilities, come by the store to see what other pumpkin and other fall treats you can find that are on a bariatric diet. You may be pleasantly surprised to see what’s fair game this year when you visit our store!