I love this time of year. The nights are cooling down, the days are getting shorter and now that Halloween is over, time to actually put those pumpkins to good use. One of my favorite autumn flavors is spiced pumpkin.
Pumpkin is an extremely nutrient dense food, meaning it is chock-full of vitamins and minerals but low on calories. They are a good source of vitamins A, K, potassium and magnesium. And pumpkin flavors are everywhere right now. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes and Frappuccinos. Unfortunately the way most of those are made and processed they aren’t on my list of healthy foods, but this low fat smoothie is a great alternative to get that great holiday taste
What you will need:
1C almond milk
1/2 C pumpkin puree frozen
1 small banana sliced and frozen
1/2 C vanilla flavored yogurt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 scoop protein powder
a few squeezes of lemon
pure maple syrup for drizzling
Combine all ingredients except cinnamon and nutmeg in blender and blend until smooth. I like to freeze my fruit so there is no need for ice. One 15 oz can of pumpkin puree has about 4-1/2 cup servings. I scoop them into plastic zip top bags and keep in the freezer. Bananas are best for smoothies and shakes when they are almost to the point of being too ripe. Just slice and put on a plate in the freezer. When they are frozen you can transfer into bags.
After you pour into a glass, sprinkle on some cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. If you really want to kick up the flavor add some maple syrup and a few squeezes of lemon juice. Yum!