Immunity-Boosting Snack Recipe: Pumpkin Energy Bites

There is no need to wait until the fall to get the benefits of pumpkin! Purchase some delicious pumpkin puree and enjoy the health benefits all year long.

This super simple snack recipe perfectly combines the sweet flavour of pumpkin puree with energy-boosting oats and healthy fat from ground flax.

Throw in some chocolate chips or coat the outside with delicious, high-quality cacao, and what do you get? A delicious, comforting snack-food that packs a serious nutrition punch!

This snack is my go-to solution for a quick energy boost, an on-the-go breakfast, or even an after-dinner sweet treat.

 

Nutrient Snapshot of Pumpkin

 

Pumpkin is not just a fall food-favourite!
This sweet-tasting winter-squash can be enjoyed in any season to take advantage of its incredible health benefits.
More than just a sweet treat, it’s also high in fibre, so say goodbye to blood sugar spikes!
About half of its carb content is from complex carbs, which gives it insulin-regulating properties.

Pumpkin is an anti-inflammatory and is rich in antioxidants.
Hello, superfood!

Pumpkin packs a punch as a cardiovascular-supportive food, with its wide range of nutrients, like alpha- and beta-carotene, vitamin c, manganese, and magnesium. These nutrients are heart-healthy, working to prevent stroke, and normalize blood sugar.

Pumpkin’s folate content reduces homocysteine levels (an inflammation marker), which helps combat heart disease.Most people equate greens with folate, but pumpkin and other squash contain high levels, making these food-choices great during pregnancy.
Adequate levels of this B-vitamin can help to protect against neural tube defects.

So, without further ado, here is the heart-healthy comfort snack you never knew you needed!

Bonus Tip:

Squash absorbs heavy metals and other toxins from the soil, so it is essential to buy an organic pumpkin.
Organic squash will help your liver, often working overtime to detoxify our bodies, considering the number of chemicals in our modern world.

Pumpkin Energy Bites

Tracy Houle
Enjoy this immunity boosting snack recipe.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups dry, uncooked oat flakes
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cacao (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • OPTIONAL: Dip each bite into a bowl of cacao, coating the exterior to your liking.
  • After 30 minutes, serve and enjoy!

Notes

Bonus Tip:
Squash absorbs heavy metals and other toxins from the soil, so it is essential to buy an organic pumpkin.
Organic squash will help your liver, often working overtime to detoxify our bodies, considering the number of chemicals in our modern world.

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Hi, I’m Tracy! I create food solutions to feed your life goals. I’m a Nutritionist, chocoholic + superhero fan. Mom to three, wife to one, crazy about all four, and food! When you work with me you’ll learn to savour life and nourish all that it has to offer.

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I don't know about you but I have been struggling over these last few months.

All of the things that I'm normally pretty good at like staying positive, eating well, and being active have really been challenging for me during these difficult times.

I needed an inner shakedown!

And what I found was that I needed a really good plan and some accountability.

Starting on Monday, May 3rd, I'm committing to a 4-week meal plan to revitalize my health and help me shed a few pounds.

Wanna join me?

Just send me a quick DM with “I’M IN” and I’ll send you more info.

#healthfirst
#foodmatters
#nutritionist
#healthylifestyle
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TODAY is EARTH DAY 🌳 (which is really everyday) and if you want to know how small changes can add up to a healthier planet 🌏 check out my newest blog (link below) where I do a deep dive into modern agriculture and how it impacts our health, as well as the health of the planet.



Actually, not be an ‘askhole’ but I’d really appreciate if you could take the 10 minutes, or so, to read it.



When it comes to farming, we’re in a cultural crisis – and it’s never been more important for food production to evolve and it’s us who will make it happen with our buying power.



The good news is that smaller scale, environmentally friendly, and regenerative farming practices are playing a big part in helping to restore lost nutrition in our soil and food, and you can “be the change” with my list of what you can do as an individual today!


So, have a read and let me know if you can support your local farmers or share your favourite farm in the comments below.

Two of my favourite local food producers are @farmqueenfoods & @providencehillfarm.ca

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Ready for the truth no one wants you to know?

There actually IS a secret tool to getting healthier.

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In fact, the way I’ve been able to keep my family and I healthy for the last decade has been largely thanks to the 80/20 rule.

This week’s blog (link below) is ALL about moderation. The word you hear SO MUCH, but never really know how to practically include in your life.

Also on the blog, 15 DELICIOUS (and I mean actually delicious) vegetable recipes.

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Let’s talk about VEGGIES that are delicious and taste like our favourite comfort food.

When we start to rekindle our flame with veggies, we remember how good they can taste and how they make us FEEL.

What’s your favourite FUN way to include veggies in your diet? 

https://tracyhoule.com/how-to-rekindle-the-flame-with-vegetables/

Ready for the truth no one wants you to know?

There actually IS a secret tool to getting healthier.

Here’s another secret:
It DOESN’T involve giving up treats and wine forever.

In fact, the way I’ve been able to keep my family and I healthy for the last decade has been largely thanks to the 80/20 rule.

This week’s blog (link below) is ALL about moderation. The word you hear SO MUCH, but never really know how to practically include in your life.

Also on the blog, 15 DELICIOUS (and I mean actually delicious) vegetable recipes.

No, I’m not going to tell you to make a plain salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Let’s talk about VEGGIES that are delicious and taste like our favourite comfort food.

When we start to rekindle our flame with veggies, we remember how good they can taste and how they make us FEEL.

What’s your favourite FUN way to include veggies in your diet?

tracyhoule.com/how-to-rekindle-the-flame-with-vegetables/
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