It's about that time. Pumpkin everything! Although I prefer starting my day off with greens, today I decided to switch up my green smoothie for a non-green but still nutrient dense smoothie. Pumpkin spice came to mind. And it was perfect.
Pumpkins are not only delicious and great to bake/cook with, but they also provide good nutrition. They are high in fiber, high in antioxidants, and low in calories which provide health benefits such as: aid weight loss, support immunity, support vision health, and reduce risk of cardiovascular and heart disease.
Here is my version of a pumpkin spice smoothie. Protein is optional, but it is great for stabilizing blood sugar and keeping you full longer.
1 heaping scoop of protein powder (I used brown rice protein powder, unflavored)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened, homemade or canned)
2 medjool dates, pitted (can use a banana to sweeten instead)
3/4 cup coconut water (can use nut milk)
1 Tablespoon sunflower seed butter (can use any nut/seed butter)
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve.
- Garnish with coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, or more cinnamon.
Makes 1 serving