(Family Features) - The holiday season welcomes good company and great food, especially when it comes to dessert. And what better way to embrace this festive time of year than to indulge in a delightful holiday pie.
Holiday pies include classics, such as apple, cherry and pecan, but traditional pumpkin pie remains a perennial favorite. Not only is pumpkin delicious and packed with nutrients, but it can also be used to make a variety of better-for-you holiday pies.
Here are a few tricks and tips to making a nutritious pumpkin pie.
- Indulge in sweet traditions. Make pumpkin pie your pie-of-choice. A classic holiday favorite, you can feel good about saying "yes" to your sweet tooth. At only 280 calories a slice, Libby's® Famous Pumpkin Pie saves you at least 110 calories (and half the fat!) over a comparable slice of cherry pie. Plus it's an excellent source of vitamin A and provides 15 percent of your Daily Value of calcium.
- Need more whole grains? Use a whole-grain crust instead of a traditional pie crust for more fiber. Whole-grain crusts are a delicious way to add a nutritious boost to your favorite pumpkin pie recipes.
- Searching for a gluten-free recipe? Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin is naturally gluten-free. Pair the famous filling with a nut based and/or gluten-free grain based crust to enjoy gluten-free pumpkin pie. For gluten-free and whole-grain pie crust recipes, check out VeryBestBaking.com.
- Personalize your pie. Enjoy a healthier version of the traditional pumpkin pie by making these 100-Calorie Pumpkin Pie Tartlets. Whether you serve these mini-pies as a fancy dessert at a holiday dinner or keep these for yourself as a portion controlled, fun snack, at only 100 calories you can feel good about indulging!
Whether you're looking for a low cholesterol or reduced sugar recipe, pumpkin is so versatile it can be used to add a nutritious boost to a variety of holiday desserts and everyday recipes.