I love Summer and I love HEAT. We’re talking, stifling hot 95-degree-plus temperatures. I wait for it all year and soak it in while it lasts.
Despite my love of dangerously hot weather, I’m as excited about riding boots, scarves, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes* as the next girl.
Not really:) I gave up my Pumpkin Spice Latte habit years ago once I discovered how much sugar they put in those things AND that canned pumpkin puree is absolute magic for baking and cooking. I'd rather have pumpkin-flavored Fat Loss Foodie eats over a cloying PSL any day!
When I’m hacking recipes to make them more fat loss-friendly, I frequently turn to canned pumpkin puree. because it's so versatile. You can add it to an endless list of recipes: breads, muffins, soups, stews, chili and hummus to boost the fiber content and add moisture (ideal for baking) without adding tons of calories, fat, or sugar. And no, this doesn't make everything you cook or bake taste like pumpkin pie. If you don't use cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices with the pumpkin puree, the pumpkin flavor is so subtle most people won't recognize it.
Go ahead. Let this recipe for Pumpkin French Toast give you an excuse to crack open another can of pumpkin puree.
1 whole egg
1/3 c. egg whites
1/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 c. pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (and a pinch of ground ginger and ground nutmeg if you’re feeling extra festive)
1 packet of Stevia in the raw
4 slices of Udi’s Gluten-free Bread or Ezekiel sprouted-grain bread
1. Combine all ingredients except bread in a bowl and whisk well. Soak slices of bread in batter, turning the bread slice a couple times to help it soak up the liquid.
2. Place soaked bread slices in a pre-heated lightly-greased skillet over medium heat and cook until browned on both sides.
3, Top with 1 Tbs. real maple syrup or the to look of your choice. Homemade applesauce is a great topping for these, too!
COOK'S NOTE: For a fun twist, use Udi's Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin bread. This alone will not be a very filling breakfast if you're a hungry fit girl with a full day ahead of you. I would suggest adding a side of scrambled egg or chicken sausage to boost the protein here!