With fall upon us, it’s now time for pumpkin spiced everything! This is the season for hearty root vegetables, such as squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips and pumpkin. You could make a warm butternut squash soup, roasted acorn squash, candied sweet potatoes… or turn your tubers into a cool, sweet breakfast food! Try this spiced smoothie for a huge dose of Vitamin A and protein; just ½ of a cup of pumpkin contains 250% your daily value of Vitamin A, which functions as an antioxidants in the body, slowing the aging process, protecting against cancer, and strengthening your immune system and eye health. The addition of Greek yogurt, which has 23g of protein per cup, makes this smoothie a well-rounded meal for breakfast. You could even add a few pumpkin seeds for a little healthy fat.
For the Smoothie:
- 1 frozen banana
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (see recipe)
- 1 cup ice
- Pinch of nutmeg and/or cinnamon & whipped topping for garnish
For Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice:
- 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1.5 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- Blend the pumpkin pie spices (if making from scratch).
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients to a blender (I like the Ninja and Vitamix blenders).
- Blend for about 2-3 minutes, or until smooth.
- Add more or less milk based on how thick you like your smoothie.
- Add more spice if desired.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon on top for garnish.
- For extra protein, vitamins and minerals; you could add pumpkin seeds as well.