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.

About Me

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.

Follow Me

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
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? 

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/
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

I really enjoyed reading your blog on Veggies! I like the different ideas on how to incorporate more veggies. I love grilled veggies the best but also enjoy making casseroles with different veggies! I cant wait to try some of your new veggie recipes....even the butternut smoothie😬!

If you have some nagging symptoms, its possible that theyre related to the foods you eat!

And were not just talking digestive symptoms.

Even things like headaches, joint pain, or eczema can be related to food that youre sensitive to.

How would you find out if there is a food at the root of your issue?

Through an elimination diet!

Elimination diets are just that - eliminating certain foods. Then you reintroduce them back one at a time to see if you are sensitive to those foods.

It’s a strategic process that can be great… but also not so great.

In this weeks blog - link below - I share the pros and cons of elimination diets and my latest recipe - youll never know that it eliminates the most common allergens (because its so good).

https://tracyhoule.com/pros-and-cons-of-elimination-diets/

If you have some nagging symptoms, it's possible that they're related to the foods you eat!

And we're not just talking digestive symptoms.

Even things like headaches, joint pain, or eczema can be related to food that you're sensitive to.

How would you find out if there is a food at the root of your issue?

Through an elimination diet!

Elimination diets are just that - eliminating certain foods. Then you reintroduce them back one at a time to see if you are sensitive to those foods.

It’s a strategic process that can be great… but also not so great.

In this weeks blog - link below - I share the pros and cons of elimination diets and my latest recipe - you'll never know that it eliminates the most common allergens (because it's so good).

tracyhoule.com/pros-and-cons-of-elimination-diets/
... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that your morning coffee can be HARMFUL to your health based on your genetics?

Have you ever wanted to know what you should and shouldn’t eat, based on YOUR specific body?

Todays blog - link below - is ALL about the details of DNA testing AND how to get started.

It looks at your genes and how your diet interacts with them.

We can use nutrition to create PERSONALIZED diets to:

PREVENT certain conditions

Help you understand your INTOLERANCES

Know how your body REACTS to carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals

Build a nutrition plan for OPTIMAL health

 

🙋🏻‍♀️ I know I carry the CT variant of the GLUT2 gene.

This means I have a higher risk of sugar addiction which can lead to developing Type II Diabetes – but it doesn’t mean I WILL develop diabetes. 

 

Ive been able to ALTER and IMPROVE my diet with this knowledge to make sure I live a long and healthy life.

 

So, let’s get started figuring YOUR genetics and health out!

Have you tried genetic testing?

What’s holding you back?

Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️ 

https://tracyhoule.com/benefits_genetic_testing_for_health/

Did you know that your morning coffee can be HARMFUL to your health based on your genetics?

Have you ever wanted to know what you should and shouldn’t eat, based on YOUR specific body?

Today's blog - link below - is ALL about the details of DNA testing AND how to get started.

It looks at your genes and how your diet interacts with them.

We can use nutrition to create PERSONALIZED diets to:

PREVENT certain conditions

Help you understand your INTOLERANCES

Know how your body REACTS to carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals

Build a nutrition plan for OPTIMAL health



🙋🏻‍♀️ I know I carry the CT variant of the GLUT2 gene.

This means I have a higher risk of sugar addiction which can lead to developing Type II Diabetes – but it doesn’t mean I WILL develop diabetes.



I've been able to ALTER and IMPROVE my diet with this knowledge to make sure I live a long and healthy life.



So, let’s get started figuring YOUR genetics and health out!

Have you tried genetic testing?

What’s holding you back?

Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️

tracyhoule.com/benefits_genetic_testing_for_health/
... See MoreSee Less

Pin It on Pinterest