If you’re following the keto diet, it may seem like pumpkin spice season is off-limits for you: PSLs, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are all too carb-heavy to keep you in ketosis. But what about the actual pumpkin itself? Can you enjoy the seasonal root vegetable and still stay on track? It depends, says registered dietitian Sarah Koenck, member of the clinical team at Virta Health.
“Pumpkin is a root vegetable, so for many people it can have too many carbs to be able to stay in ketosis,” she told POPSUGAR. “However, a little pumpkin goes a long way! Small amounts of unsweetened pumpkin in recipes such as low-carb muffins or cheesecake can add just the amount of Fall flavor you are looking for without adding too many carbs.”