By Sue Bedford MSc Nutritional Therapist
Don’t waste the inside of the pumpkins this Halloween, use them to help balance out your sugar throughout the day by making some energy bites
Balancing sugar levels is important when trying to conceive as this helps to balance out your hormones. This is especially important if you have conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS).
Nutritionally, pumpkin is a great source of beta carotene, full of antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E) as well as containing plenty of B vitamins – all of which are vital to fertility and the production of healthy sperm and eggs. Another bonus is that pumpkin flesh is low in carbs and also calories so great for balancing those sugar levels between meals. In addition, pumpkin has a great moist texture which is useful when moulding the energy bites.
The cinnamon in these gives a little kick to the flavour and is good for you too as it contains anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent source of antioxidants too. So, don’t reach for the biscuits make some of these healthy little pumpkin bites this year for Halloween.
90g of oats (gluten free)
30g chopped walnuts
70g almond or peanut butter
90g pumpkin puree
Two tablespoons local runny honey
One teaspoon ground cinnamon
40g (70 percent and above) dark chocolate chips
In a food processor, place half of the oats, the chopped walnuts, nut butter, pumpkin puree, honey and cinnamon. Pulse two or three times, until well combined.
Transfer the dough into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining oats, the dark chocolate chips, and stir well.
Using your hands, shape and roll the dough into balls.
Place onto a plate and chill in fridge for at least one hour. These energy bites can be stored in the fridge in a airtight container for up to a week.
Happy Halloween from all of us at IVFbabble!