Perfect Fall Pumpkin Side Dish
Pumpkin is a staple in the fall season. Whether you are enjoying pumpkin mixed in a beverage, baked into a pie, or inside a soup, it really must be part of your fall repertoire! This roasted pumpkin and parmesan recipe is a simple yet very flavorful and straightforward way to enjoy pumpkin this fall (and don’t worry, if you keep making it throughout the winter, spring and summer, we won’t tell- its good anytime!).
There has been some debate in the keto world as to whether or not pumpkin is keto-friendly. Pumpkin does have carbs so you may be wondering if it would disturb your state of ketosis. The short answer is that pumpkin is keto-friendly and will not affect ketosis. Here is a little explanation of why pumpkin is a great food to eat while on a low carb diet.
Pumpkin is a very low sugar, low starch squash. The fact that it is a squash is the main reason people assume that it is not keto-friendly as most squashes are off-limits. Pumpkin actually has very few net carbs. Net carbs are calculated by taking the total carbs in a food then subtracting the grams of fiber from this number. Since fiber is completely digestible, your body burns these carbs instantly and they will go right through you! Many people do not count fiber as a true “carb” since it doesn’t affect your state of ketosis or true carb intake. That is why knowing a food’s net carbs is important as these are the ones your body will truly absorb.
One cup of raw pumpkin has 8 grams of carbs but also one gram of fiber, meaning the net carbs are 7 grams. This is much less than potatoes, corn or even butternut squash. While, yes, there are some carbs, it is still considered a low carb food and the consensus is that it can be enjoyed on a low carb diet.
Now that we have settled the pumpkin debate, it is time to start cooking! While we prefer to peel the pumpkin before roasting, making it ready right out of the oven, you can opt to keep the skin on while the pumpkin roasts and then peeling it off after baking. This method may be a little easier as a raw pumpkin skin can be tough to cut!
However, no matter how you choose to peel your pumpkin, this recipe is a must-have side dish for the pumpkin season. Simple yet loaded with flavor, a little sweet but keto-friendly, you are sure to love it! Let us know what you think!
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