Happy Friday! This weekend, we have a huge race in the Tampa area called Gasparilla. It is part of a two month-long celebration of the fictitious pirate invasion of our fair city. In reality, it is an excuse for a bunch of adults to get drunk and party 🙂 I have not participated in the revelry in many years, but I do run the race almost every year. We are doing the 15K tomorrow!
I know Fall is over and we are heading into spring, but I will ask that you bear with me as I share one more pumpkin recipe with you! I made these for a talk I gave at Nutrition Smart on Heart Healthy Nutrition. They were a huge hit! Almost every ingredient is good for your heart health!
Oatmeal (steel cut) – soluble fiber, helps lower cholesterol
Pumpkin puree – 7 grams of fiber per cup
Wheat germ – high in fiber, no cholesterol, contains phytosterols that can help lower cholesterol
Honey – can lower risk of heart disease
Cinnamon – anti-inflammatory
Skinny Pumpkin Energy Bites
by Shugary Sweets
85 calories, 2g fat, 10g sugar, 16mg carbs, 0mg cholesterol
- 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
- 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup white chocolate morsels
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until completely combined, Scoop into one inch balls. Store in refrigerator in airtight container.