Ahhh autumn. Time to pull out the Uggs and pretty scarves, slide my snow scraper back into the car, get the flu shot (or decline it when it's offered 18 different times), and load up on my favorite flavor of fall: pumpkin!
Here's a recipe I created, chocked full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and protein--the Pumpkin Power Smoothie! I send The Husband out the door with this delicious smoothie for breakfast, but it also makes for a great snack after school, or can be modified into a delicious healthy dessert.
8oz Pumpkin nonfat Greek yogurt
1-2 Tbs TJ's Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
1.5 cups frozen mango
1 frozen banana
8oz unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ice
Yields: 4 large smoothies
Blend all ingredients in a blender, adding ice or almond milk to desired consistency. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
For a more complete meal replacement, add your favorite unflavored or vanilla protein powder. For a sweet holiday dessert, simply add vanilla ice cream and an additional tsp of vanilla extract.
For OTHER benefits of pumpkin, please read this. :)
Happy Fall, Y'all!