Fall is upon us and if you are anything like me (and so many others) you love the taste of all things pumpkin this time of year. But, that also then means for those of us following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan how on earth do we count all of this yummy goodness we are eating?
What does pumpkin puree count as on 21 Day Fix?
For those wondering pumpkin purée counts as a purple.
Now, you may wonder why pumpkin is considered a vegetable and can be measured as a fruit. This is what is know as a “cross over food”. Pumpkin if you chop it up would be a green as a vegetable but if you make it into a puree more fits into a container which means more calories and carbs which means as a puree is counts as a purple due to the volume and calories.
Now you may say ‘well the purple and green containers are the same size’ and yes you would be correct. That is where the macros and nutrients and calories come into play. It also goes back to how things are prepared. Think about pumpkin puree. Chances are you are not pureeing pumpkin and eating it plain, you are probably using it to make muffins or pies which means you will add things to it so the macros will change. Yep, it’s a bit confusing but just trust the process and trust the container counts above.
What is the difference between pure pumpkin and pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling?
Canned pumpkin is just that and nothing more: cooked, pureed pumpkin. They are the same thing. EITHER OF THESE ARE ACCEPTABLE ON 21 DAY FIX.
Pumpkin pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened. It is a “convenience food” for making short work of pumpkin pie. NEVER USE CANNED PUMPKIN PIE FILLING ON 21 DAY FIX.