I’m on a smoothie binge and it’s fall. So, that funneled my efforts into this deliciously creamy, yet healthy treat. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, antioxidants, fiber and minerals like potassium. It also creates a velvety textured smoothie. A scrumptious fall breakfast or snack, and easy use for remaining pumpkin in your fridge.
Add a nutrition boost. I supplemented a scoop of vanilla protein powder to mine this morning. The added protein keeps you fuller longer and helps sustain blood sugar levels. Feel free to toss in some dark chocolate chips, raw cacao nibs or ground flax seed too. I used Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia to sweeten, but feel free to use regular Stevia, 100% pure maple syrup, honey or healthy sweetener of choice to desired taste.
On a side note, today is the 3rd anniversary of my blog. So, a big thank you to all of you for joining me on this journey. I hope my blog continues to be a source of motivation and an equipping tool for you and your family to enjoy and maintain a healthy, vibrant life.
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
gluten & dairy free
• 1/2 cup LITE COCONUT MILK, canned (almond milk or choice milk)
• 1/2 cup WATER (or additional milk)
• 1/2 cup 100% PURE PUMPKIN, canned (I used Farmer’s Market organic BPA free)
• 1 tsp PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
• 1/2 tsp GROUND CINNAMON
• 12 drops LIQUID STEVIA (maple syrup or honey, to taste)
• ICE (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender with ice (if desired for a thicker consistency) and blend until smooth. Serve topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon stick or pumpkin seeds.
Nutrition Boost Add-Ins: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, dark chocolate chips, raw cacao nibs, ground flaxseed or 1/2 banana.
NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING: 150 Calories, Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 35mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 6g, Protein 1g