Day 7 of the 31 days of Pumpkin and Pinterest series features Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Muffins.

I love making these baked oatmeal . They are so versatile and you add just about anything to them and they taste fantastic.  It was no surprise to my kids when they saw me adding to the muffins a few years ago.  Thankfully they are all like me and love pumpkin. Pumpkin and Oatmeal.  Truly it is a great combination.

Today I made them in the regular size muffin tin.  This size works best for us because the kids like to take them for lunch, especially the boys.  The oatmeal pairs well with yogurt and the triplets would eat yogurt all day every day if I let them.


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The main ingredient is the oatmeal.  Nine cups!!!!!  That is nine cups of fiber.

Fiber and its Many Benefits

 

  • Fruits, , and whole grains are considered fiber-rich high carbohydrate foods.
  • Research shows that fiber-rich carbohydrates help us stay healthy and may aid in the prevention of many digestive and chronic diseases.
  • May reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • May help with hemorrhoids, constipation, and other intestinal problems
  • Reduces the likelihood of diverticulosis.
  • May decrease the risk of heart disease
  • May enhance weight loss. Eating a high-fiber diet cause the feeling of satiety to last longer.
  • May lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

 

It is recommended that daily fiber intake be at least 25 grams. 

If you are looking for ways to get more fiber into your diet her is a chart of high-fiber foods from the Mayo Clinic.

Prebiotics

Have you heard of prebiotics?  Prebiotics are nondigestible fibers in foods that are metabolized or fermented by beneficial bacteria that live in our guts. These prebiotics alter the balance of gut flora in a beneficial way and promotes the health of the immune system.

This is another reason to include oats in your diet during the cold season.

Oats contain the prebiotic called beta-glucans.  

 

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Benefits of Pumpkin & Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene)

  • Pumpkin provides a powerful dose of vitamin A (Beta-Carotene, which supports overall vision and eye health.
  • Beta-Carotene helps to remedy skin problems such as acne and helped tremendously with my Discoid Lupus.
  • It enhances immunity.
  • Important in the formation of bones and teeth.
  • Aids in fat storage, and protects against cancer and other diseases.
  • Shown to slow the aging process.
  • Protein cannot be utilized by the body without this vitamin.

 

Other great sources of vitamin A

For more in-depth sources of whole foods that provide vitamin A. Click Here

 

  • Alfalfa
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Swiss Chard
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Fish Liver Oil & Liver
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Spirulina
  • Pumpkin
  • Yellow Squash
  • Turnip Greens

Note: Vitamin A should not be taken in large amounts in pill form or as cod liver oil. It is best absorbed by the body when ingested in whole foods. 

 

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