Michael: On the spectrum of desserts — and pies, specifically, pumpkin pie is one of your best choices when you’re not in control of the menu (or the ingredients). But, when you are, surprise your family & friends with this Recipe Rescue. Your tastebuds and wallet won’t be able to tell the difference, but your waistline will!
Sarah: Pumpkin is excellent for balancing our sacral chakra…our LOVER archetype. The sacral chakra symbolizes “birth” both in the literal sense and figuratively — as in the birth of creativity and ideas. This is our energy center of emotion, pleasure, intimacy, and relationships with others.
Since the sacral chakra is connected with our sense of taste, emotions, and our reproductive organs, you can understand why emotional eating and hormonal cravings arise as an imbalance of the sacral chakra. At this time of year, many of us naturally gravitate toward so-called “comfort foods” out of nostalgia and desire for warmth, connection, and emotional nourishment. This recipe represents a way to honor your chakral needs with mindfulness and a deeper connection to your inner Lover.
- 1 can of Organic Pumpkin
- 9″ reduced fat Graham Cracker pie crust
- 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar
- 1/2 c egg whites (or egg beaters or generic brand egg white product)
- 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp all spice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup nonfat milk
- 2 scoops of Vanilla or Plain 100% Whey protein powder
Michael: Normally, I’m not that big into organic, but, unlike most products — with the pumpkin, I find it makes a big difference on taste and not on budget…it costs like a nickel more! Before there was a reduced fat pie crust, I used to crumble up two cups of graham crackers, put some nonfat milk in a squirt bottle, gently mist the pan, and press the graham crackers to form a crust. Now, there is a product, so it’s as simple as pie…excuse the pun! As a Type II Diabetic, I replace sugar with sweeteners wherever I can, but others of you may wish to from a fitness/physique standpoint. What many people don’t realize is Splenda and perhaps other sweetener brands have a brown sugar product. Use this for better taste in your pumpkin pie!
Preheat oven to 350.
Blend everything (except the crust!) into a bowl with an electric mixer.
Bake 45-55 minutes (watching the outer edge of the pie for browning).
Michael & Stella’s Pumpkin Pie
Amount per Serving: 1 slice (Recipe yields: 8)
- Calories 195
- Fat 4g
- Carbs 24g
- Protein 15g
DARE TO COMPARE
Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie
Amount per Serving: 1 slice (Pie yields: 8)
- Calories 330
- Fat 14g
- Carbs 46g
- Protein 6g
Source: Calorie Lab
Our recipes are for fitness. We distance ourselves from “health food” recipes because most health foods are devoid of protein and, therefore, will not get you in shape or help you achieve a desired physique. We also believe in real food for real people. Most kids (and adults…) are not interested in eating kale chips or quinoa cookies, nor do most people have the budget to buy all organic or have someone prepare their meals. To overcome this, you need to be empowered so you can make better decisions whether you are in the kitchen, at the supermarket, or faced with a preset menu at a restaurant, fast food joint, or your Aunt Sue’s dinner table. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, schedule a Supermarket tour. Give us your list and we’ll show you how to make your family favorites without blowing your fitness goals. Find out more here.