Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes High in Fiber, Vitamin A, and Flavor

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During the autumn and winter months, type 2 diabetics can not only enjoy the taste and aroma of cooked pumpkin, they can also reap the nutritional benefits of this winter squash.

One cup of canned pumpkin (see the nutrifacts, below, for freshly cooked pumpkin) rings up at only 83 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrate, while giving you 7 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 763% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Pumpkin can add deep flavor and nutritional value to sometimes-bland diabetic breads, soups and low-sugar desserts.

For a simple side dish that packs much more nutrition than mashed potatoes, try emptying a can of pumpkin in a skillet and heating it with ginger, curry, or pumpkin-pie spice. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar substitute and a dash of salt for a terrific side dish, dessert or vegan main course.

The About.com Low-fat Cooking, Low-carb Diets, and Vegetarian Cooking Experts also provide some very diabetic-friendly pumpkin recipes. I've compiled 12 of those ideas here and separated them into breakfast, lunch and dinner, and dessert and snack ideas for your diabetic meal plans.

All of these links provide serving size and carbohydrate information, so take note to work the correct portion size into your meal plans.

Diabetic Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Diabetic Pumpkin Lunch and Dinner Recipes

Ground Beef and Pumpkin Skillet Meal Recipe

Diabetic Pumpkin Dessert and Snack Recipes

Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

The Skinny on Pumpkins

Did you know that a pumpkin is a squash and that a pumpkin is a fruit and not a vegetable? It's true. 

Nutrifacts for 1 cup of fresh cooked pumpkin flesh: 49 calories, 2 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 37 mg calcium, 1.4 mg iron, 22 mg magnesium, 564 mg potassium, 1 mg zinc, .50 mg selenium, 12 mg vitamin C, 1 mg niacin, 21 mcg folate, 2650 IU vitamin A, 3 mg vitamin E

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