Don’t forget to eat the most important meal this Thanksgiving! Studies show that when you eat a big, healthy breakfast you have more energy and stay satisfied throughout the rest of the day! So eating a healthy Thanksgiving breakfast will not only help you keep up with the relatives, it will keep you from over eating during the big holiday meal. Here are just a few pumpkin recipes to help you start your day the healthy way!

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Breakfast Pizza
6 eggs
6 egg yolks
1 pint cottage cheese
1 c. canned pumpkin (optional)
1/2-1 lb. turkey sausage, cooked
1 oz. white wine

Toppings ideas:
1 each green and red peppers
1 Jalapeño pepper, remove seeds
black olives
1 c. grated white cheese of choice

Mix eggs and cottage cheese. Place in 9 x 13 pan, cover and refrigerate overnight. Chop veggies into bite-size pieces. Place in ziploc bag with wine and marinate overnight. In the morning top the egg dish with sausage. Bake at 375º for 30 minutes. Add vegies and cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Oatmeal
1/2 c. coconut or almond milk
1/8 c. water
1/2 c. steel cut oats
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. pumpkin, cooked or canned pumpkin
1/8 c. sliced almonds or walnuts
1/4 c. coconut or almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

In a small saucepan, mix milk, water, steel cut oats and spices and bring to a soft boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the oats are cooked to desired doneness, stir in pumpkin and almonds. Combine milk and protein powder in a separate bowl or shaker and mix until powder is absorbed. Stir into oatmeal and sprinkle with more spices if desired.

Pumpkin Smoothie
1 c. coconut or almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie spice
½ c. cooked pumpkin
½ frozen banana, sliced (optional)
1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
3 -4 drops liquid stevia

Mix together in blender or Magic Bullet and enjoy.
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