Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope you are enjoying it. It is so warm here in NY and I am loving every second of it.
When I was writing my post about my pumpkin favorites I decided I wanted to share an awesome healthy, low carb, diabetic friendly pumpkin treat with you – so I chose my pumpkin cottage cheese.
I started making this a couple of years ago but I really perfected it this year thanks to the Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup! This is so yummy and satisfying, I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I do. ?
Pumpkin Cottage Cheese
1/4 Cup Canned Pumpkin (I used trader Joe’s organic pumpkin) 25cals/5carbs
1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese (I use Horizon organic regular) 120cals/4carbs
1 TBSP Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup
1/4 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon (I use Ceylon cinnamon – it has a smoother taste than regular cinnamon)
1/8 Tsp Nutmeg
TOPPINGS (feel free to change these based on your taste buds!) :
9g or 1TBSP Pumpkin Seeds (55cals/1Carb)
3g or 1/2 TBSP Walnuts (25cals)
Since today is Halloween and there is only 1 month left of pumpkin season I decided to share my pumpkin favorites. I have been eating/using most of these for years now. Some, like the Noosa Yogurt are new additions. As a self proclaimed “pumpkin queen” I consider myself an expert on all things pumpkin. ? As a Type 1 Diabetic that likes to stay fit and eat healthy, low carb, diabetic friendly meals/snacks – I am very picky about my pumpkin treats. Pumpkin stuff tends to be very sweet and loaded with sugar. But not all of it! I hope you enjoy and try some of these yourself.
My Pumpkin Favorites
Trader Joe’s Canned Organic Pumpkin: The Basic, I love that Trader Joe’s sells organic pumpkin. Most health food stores do as well. I use this in SO MANY recipes including smoothies, my pumpkin cottage recipe (coming soon!) and pumpkin custard to name a few! Sometimes I even mix it with some full fat ricotta, vanilla and stevia – creamy, sweet and low carb!
Torani Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup: They also have pumpkin spice syrup but I am a pumpkin pie kind of girl. I mostly use this in my smoothies and in my pumpkin cottage recipe coming soon! I actually do not like it in coffee like most people do. I hate syrups in my coffee – I am all about half & half. ?
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Waffles: I eat these one way – one waffle toasted with a huge slice of provolone, mozzarella or muenster melted on it. This is SO GOOD – its the perfect sweet and savory treat – try it!
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask: All natural, smells great and it burns a bit when you apply it. I like the burn because I know it is working.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds: I almost didn’t get these because they are higher in carbs but I made it work. I eat half a serving (I weigh it on my food scale) with a big piece of mozzarella and some beef jerky. Its one of my favorite snacks. Sweet and Savory!
Noosa Pumpkin Yoghurt: This is also nigh in carbs but again, I make it work (I do not like to say no to myself when I really want something!). So, I have half a serving of this too (It’s a big container) and I add walnuts to it. This Yogurt is so creamy and delish.
Have your own pumpkin favorites? Let me know, I love to try new pumpkintastic treats!
Low Carb Diabetic Protein Shake
1 Scoop Vanilla protein powder (I use Tera’s) (110cals/4carbs)
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (40cals/2carbs)
1/2 Cup Pumpkin (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin) (50cals/10carbs)
1.5 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Syrup (I Use Torani)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1 TBSP Walnuts (8g=50cals/1carb)
1/2 Small Banana (50g=45cals/11.5carbs)
1/8 tsp Xanthan gum
1/2 TBSP Hemp Seeds (25cals, .5carbs)
1 tsp Chia Seeds (25)
This is a winner all around. It is SO GOOD! It tastes like a thick milkshake you would get at an ice cream store. It’s also very filling. It actually amazes me sometimes how good a diabetic friendly, low carb recipe can be. You just need to be a little more creative ? I hope you make this protein shake and enjoy it as much as I did!
Hope you had a great weekend! I certainly did! On Saturday we went to Great Adventure – I love roller coasters! I made a joke on Instagram that I didn’t want my blood sugars to go on one with me .. lol lol.
To be truthful, they ran high all day. I have NO CLUE why. I did have 3 beers but they were spread out and I was walking a lot. Anyway when we got back home at 11:30pm I was still at 235. Something told me not to give myself more humulog. I knew I took a decent amount of it and knew it shouldn’t be that high. A few hours later it crashed big time. I woke up at 30. I was SO MAD. First I HATE eating in the middle of the night – it is such a waste of calories and I always eat more than I should. Do your blood sugars ever run high then just crash? This may be an injection thing. I feel like this doesn’t happen on the pump – not sure.
My Instagram pic ? It was so cold Saturday!
How funny is that home made logo – we had a good laugh! I would say thats more of a mouse than a horse!
Bad pic but it was the lesser of the 2 evils lol
Anyway, moving along… I made these recipes from Pintrest on Sunday. They were falltastic fabulousness (do you like my made up words?). The low carb pumpkin custards where so easy to make and have a filling texture. I never make pudding or chia pudding because it’s too thin for me. I like hearty food! This custard was just that and took about 5 minutes to prep. The brussels sprout hash was actually supposed to be breakfast but Brian had to work ? so I made it for dinner. Oh and I almost forgot – my numbers were angelic on Sunday. Its like my body made up for Saturday, lower 100’s all day and I woke up at 111 this morning – yay!
Low Carb Pumpkin Custards (click image for recipe):
I made mine with almond milk and I used 4 ramekins not 6).
Brussels Sprout Hash (click image for recipe):
Brian’s (sans egg)
I will definitely make both of these again.
So, I just went to my favorite store – Trader Joe’s and the guy that rung me up said there is a another women that goes there regularly that is a spitting image of me! He said we look so much alike, that when I walk in he thinks she came back because she forgot something since she goes in the morning and I go in the afternoon. It is said that everybody has a twin. I want to meet this girl so bad – is it weird if I hang out at Trader Joe’s all day? Its not like I would get bored I love it there!
Have an awesome week!