Every season brings different splendors. Spring is a period of growth and renewal, and summer the time of vacations and long, lazy days. Fall used to be considered the season of colorful leaves and cooler days, but in recent years, fall frenzy has turned into pumpkin frenzy. From lattes to soups and everything in between, pumpkin has made its way into our hearts and our diets.
If you are a pumpkin lover, then the start of the fall season may feel like an additional challenge for you to conquer as you follow the Optifast weight loss program. While the classic orange pumpkin everyone loves to carve is technically a vegetable, the many pumpkin-flavored candies, beverages and treats around town are not healthy in the least. These items forego the classic gourd for a combination of sugar and spices that mimic pumpkin flavor.
Have Your Optifast, and Your Pumpkin, Too
If pumpkin isn’t actually in those lattes and candies, then what is giving them their new fall flavor? You may be surprised to learn that a combination of several simple spices and extracts delivers the smell and taste we associate with pumpkin—mainly thanks to classic desserts like pumpkin pie.
By using a few simple spices and making a couple of small changes to your existing Optifast Optifastrecipes, you can add some pumpkin flavoring to your meal replacement diet.
You can capture the flavor of pumpkin by using:
You can also check your local food store for “pumpkin pie spice,” a low-calorie spice that already has these three elements combined in perfect proportions—with a bit of added food coloring to give it that pumpkin-like orange hue.
When you are ready for a fall-inspired treat, prepare your vanilla shake mix as instructed, and then add one of the following additional flavors:
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp nutmeg and ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract with ½ tsp cinnamon
If you are really missing one of those pumpkin spice lattes, replace water with hot coffee and add spices as desired. While you don’t want to add any sugar or calorie-heavy ingredients to your Optifast products, playing around with some natural flavors can help you enjoy some fun seasonal flavor as you lose weight this fall.