Sometimes you want a treat. The cravings take over. And that’s fine - it’s nothing to feel guilty about. If you’re not enjoying your diet, it won’t last. Thankfully, we've got a tasty breakfast that’ll satisfy your urge for something sweet. And crunchy.
Shona Wilkinson, a nutritionist and weight loss expert, delivers delicious pumpkin and walnut breakfast muffins to start your day the right way.
Don’t fight the odd indulgence
Healthy habits have to be sustainable. You have to enjoy it or it won’t last. And what better way to enjoy a diet than with breakfast muffins? These pumpkin-infused treats will give you a burst of energy whenever you need it. And they’re packed with nutritional ingredients such as pumpkin puree, walnuts, and whole wheat flour.
Treats make your diet goals more realistic as sugar is okay in moderation. The muffins contain coconut sugar, which is no weight loss miracle, but a natural alternative that contains trace amounts of iron, zinc, and calcium, as well as a low glycemic index. It won’t spike your blood sugar levels as much.
It’s certainly better than that full English you had your eye on.
What are the health benefits?
Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They’re rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and folate -- all of which strengthen your immune system. Adding pumpkin to your diet can help your immune cells fight germs and speed healing when you get a wound. It’s even good for your prostate.
While pumpkins provide the taste, walnuts give the crunch. They have polyunsaturated fatty acids which make them healthier than saturated fats. Walnuts also contain alpha-linolenic and linoleic acids, which may improve blood lipid levels and have anti-inflammatory effects.
Pumpkin and walnut muffins are a nutritious option to fuel you for the day.
Now let’s see how you can make them: