A high protein convenient way to start your day with pumpkin! It’s grain free, flour free, nut free, soy free and pumpkin packed!
Happy Labor Day friends! (If you are looking for grilling inspiration or Labor Day food, be sure to check out my healthy summer cookout recipes post or last Friday’s round up.)
Today I’m bringing back an old HH classic recipe, one that my SIL reminded me of last week! First, though, I get it, it’s only Labor Day, is it too early for pumpkin?
It’s never too early for pumpkin for me because I make damn sure that I stock up at the end of the winter to have enough pumpkin to eat all year long. So, I’m not really one of those people that ever get sick of the fact that Trader Joe’s looks a pumpkin exploded in it for like four months straight. I mean orange isn’t my favorite color, but pumpkin is DEFINITELY one of my favorite foods.
If you aren’t excited about pumpkin season, you totally should be! This pancake is one of the main reasons I get so excited for pumpkin season.
This pancake recipe is very similar to my two ingredients high protein pancake that uses banana. The best part is pumpkin is a great workout fuel or refuel! It’s a high starch low sugar food, so it can help you fuel and help you recover depending on when you eat it!
I recommend my Hungry Hobby RD clients regularly incorporate pumpkin into their diet to help them fuel/recover from workouts, fight high blood pressure (it’s high potassium), and add flavor to healthy foods! As soon as pumpkin hits the shelves I try to send them healthy recipe ideas focused on their goals but also to get them as excited about pumpkin as I am.
How can you not get excited by that? I’ve also been eating a boatload of pumpkin seeds to keep up with seed cycling and making my hormones work for me.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the BEST sources of tryptophan, a powerful mood regulator that will help you fight PMS mood swings as well as supply hormone balancing healthy fats. Recently I’ve been working with more clients on balancing their hormones with the right nutrition and smart training.
It’s crazy how an in-depth look at your symptoms can tell you so much about your hormones. I’m not going to write a hormone book or anything, well at least not anytime soon.
It just floors me how so many women out there are suffering from all kinds of hormone imbalances and living with the symptoms thinking it’s normal, it’s not! I guess the good thing that came from own hormone issues is that I now FULLY understand how they work, what optimum is, and how to work with someone to get them there.
It’s been one of the most powerful tools I’ve been able to use to help my clients achieve their goals and more! Okay sorry, I’m off my soapbox now.
It’s Labor Day weekend, I hope you do something fun! My version of fun this weekend was ordering furniture, watching friends, getting froyo, and having a mild panic attack because I still can’t put anything away.
I broke down and finally put together my old bookshelf instead of “waiting to see if a new one would fit in the budget.” That helped a ton in the office.
I’m also bringing in our old standing pantry from the garage that we had at our first house. It’s not ideal but the limited counter space is no longer an option especially considering how slow getting quotes and what now is going. LIKE MOLASSES PEOPLE, LIKE MOLASSES. At least I ordered the island so I can soon join you all on Facebook Live again!
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Single Serving Paleo Pumpkin Pancake
- 1/3 cup pumpkin canned (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup egg whites (or another egg)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon (I just shake some into the batter)
- 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (same I just shake it in)
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, whisk till well combined.
- Spray small nonstick skillet with cooking oil or coat with desired oil/butter. Pour ingredients into the skillet and turn on the burner to medium. Allow contents to heat up in the pan. After 7-8 minutes or when the pancake is almost completely set, flip it. RESIST THE URGE TO FLIP EARLY! (Also I suggest spraying the top side with a little cooking spray before flipping.)
- Top with more pumpkin, some honey, nut/seed butter or whatever you like! My favorite topping is more pumpkin and some sun butter!
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