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Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie

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Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
Jen Hoy
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie is a fast and absolutely delicious treat that makes a great post-workout snack or even breakfast. Organic pumpkin, almond or coconut milk, frozen banana* and spices are blended together to create a creamy and nutrient dense pick-me-up. Pumpkin is loaded with alpha and beta carotene, fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and is a nutritional super food. Unsweetened organic canned pumpkin makes this super easy and is very nutrient dense due to its reduced water content. It can be transferred from the can to an airtight container and kept refrigerated for a few days, or frozen** if you can't use it all. Leftover pumpkin puree can be stirred into soups, stews, or yogurt pudding. You can also try adding some to the Vanilla Nut Smoothie for extra nutrients.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup organic canned or freshly cooked pumpkin
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana* in chunks
  • 1 scoop of pea or hemp protein powder (optional)***
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Stevia if desired

Preparation:

Place the pumpkin, almond milk, banana, protein powder, vanilla and spices in the jar of a blender and blend until creamy. Serve immediately.
Serves 1
Variations: Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of chai spice for the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Try adding a tablespoon of raw cacao for an energy boost and chocolate flavor. Add a tablespoon of hemp hearts and/or almond, hazelnut or cashew butter for extra nutrients if you want a great workout smoothie.
*Ripe bananas can be peeled and cut into chunks, then frozen in an airtight container for use in smoothies. (I never use ice cubes, so this is a happy compromise to get added creaminess).
**Try freezing pumpkin puree in ice trays. You can add frozen pumpkin cubes to your smoothies (see note on banana above), or stir them into soups for added nutrients without a compromise of flavor.
***Plant based protein powders have different flavors and textures; try a few to see what you like. Pea protein is generally bland and smooth and disappears easily into a smoothie. Hemp protein tends to be "grassy" and a bit coarse, and will impact flavor, color and texture. Sprouted rice protein is another mild option that can be a bit grainy in texture, but relatively neutral otherwise.
Copyright 2013 by Jen Hoy

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