Yay, it’s October, so let’s get cooking with pumpkin! Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious fruits, packed with disease-fighting nutrients such as alpha and beta-carotene, fiber, Vitamins C and E, potassium and magnesium. The carotenes found in pumpkin are potent with antioxidants, which promote healthy vision, ensures proper immune function and slows the aging process. My three kids love this dip as much as adults so you may want to make extra. Serve it with apples, pears, gingersnaps or graham crackers for an appetizer or healthy snack. It’s always perfect to make during Thanksgiving or Christmas too!
Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip
Makes 21/2 cups
1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Fruit skewers, sliced apples, sliced pears, gingersnaps
1. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg; beat until smooth. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Serve with fruit skewers, apples, pears, and gingersnaps.