Can you smell the pumpkin in the air? It’s time to fall in love with pumpkin – and with this healthy protein packed Pumpkin Smoothie – get your pumpkin fix every day, all day, all year!
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In this world, there are two kinds of people: those that love pumpkin and those that don’t.
I fall very much in that category of pumpkin lovers. About August all of a sudden I get this craving for the feel of fall, the smell cinnamon, and the taste of pumpkin in everything. Perhaps it’s my name or the 100 degree temps in Texas that drive it, but it’s alive and well (and we show it.)
Unfortunately eating pumpkin pie all day, everyday isn’t going to do anyone any favors. On its own, pumpkin has some super qualities to impact your health from your eyesight, blood pressure and even your sleep. But if you really want to add a powerful punch, add dairy (cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.), to get nine essential nutrients and the protein you need to keep moving all day long.
At 8 grams of protein, you would have to drink 8 cups of almond milk to equal the amount in just 1 cup of cow’s milk.
Always on the go, this go-to pumpkin smoothie recipe will be your saving grace plus you don’t need to add protein powder like many smoothies because it’s already in there! In the morning I make this for breakfast for the kids and me before running out the door. And sometimes in the evening this smoothie is the ultimate indulgence without any of the guilt and all of the healthy benefits!
And best of all, it’s easy to make with pumpkin, milk, yogurt, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and you can also add a few other things if you really want to kick your health or your tastebuds into overdrive, you can add vanilla for a little bit more sweetness or turmeric for its anti-inflamatory and antioxidant properties as well as ginger (which also is a great combo with pumpkin (hello gingerbread!)
Throw these ingredients and some ice cubes into the blender and you’re on your way to an amazing smoothie that tastes good and is so good for you!
- 1 frozen banana (chopped into chunks)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup full fat yogurt (i like greek style)
- 1/2 milk
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I have a great recipe to make your own)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger or turmeric
- 1 cup ice
- Add all the ingredients into the blender in order and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Using dairy in this recipe gives you a power-packed protein and nutrient punch!
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