I love pumpkin–any time of the year! And it can be used in so many dishes and drinks. You can enjoy its rich yummy goodness in a myriad of ways.
If you like pumpkin pie, you’ll love this nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, protein-packed smoothie!
Pumpkins are a rich source of beta carotene and vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and fiber which benefit your eyes, skin, immune system, bones, digestion, and heart health. It is also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, and contains l-trytophan, which helps you sleep and feel calmer.
The fiber in pumpkin fills you up without adding tons of calories (unless you’re eating pumpkin pie!)
And I added ginger, which is a monstrously powerful anti-inflammatory, so if you have achey joints or stiff sore muscles, this is a great addition to your smoothie.
Enjoy this rich creamy, satisfying smoothie!
Pumpkin Bowl or Smoothie
1/2 small can organic pumpkin
1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup coconut milk (you can use the kind that comes in a can, or the milk that comes in a carton)
1 teaspoon real vanilla
2 scoops of grass fed/cold processed vanilla whey (I use this kind)
several chunks of uncrystalized ginger (this kind from Trader Joe’s is great-not a lot of sugar)
a few ice cubes
Blend until smooth and enjoy this in a bowl with nuts, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup or add more milk till it becomes a creamy smooth smoothie that tastes like pumpkin pie. I love these things!!
Till next time,
Stay healthy and lean!
Author 101 Anti-Aging Superfoods and the Anti-Aging Superfoods Recipe book
Catherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN,is a back to basics diet and nutrition specialist. In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.