Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? But, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie flavoured alternatives?! By this I mean pumpkin pie flavoured ice cream, lattes, cookies, macarons, gelato, and even cereal! If it is pumpkin flavoured, I’ll take it! Although there are so many options, a lot of them are not any much better (aka healthier) than eating a pie - and a lot aren’t really good options for first thing in the morning when you are craving pumpkin for breakfast. Luckily, I played with some ingredients and created a filling, healthier and without words - delicious - pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE. Perfect for any time of day - and it won’t give you a sugar rush for a short period of time, but allow you to gain enough energy to power you through a workout, a mid-day shift or even into the night whilst studying.
Thanksgiving in Canada has already passed, quite a while ago. But, the US thanksgiving is only just getting started! Create this smoothie for your family as a pre-dinner pick me up (considering you all will be waiting quite a bit for the turkey, stuffing and other dishes to be prepared). I’m sure this smoothie will be a hit with EVERYONE. You could even create a little smoothie ‘bar’. Double, triple or even quadruple the recipe and place it in a freezer until guests arrive. When everyone is there put out some toppings of nuts, seeds, yogurt, granola, honey and even peanut butter on a table. Then, everyone can personalize their own mini smoothie to get the pre-dinner started!
A really good option to optimize health benefits, before indulging into a rich, buttery and decadent thanksgiving dinner would be to add collagen into the smoothie. My favourite to use are Vital Proteins. You can use an unflavoured one (linked here) to not affect the taste of pumpkin, or use a vanilla collagen (linked here) which also tastes amazing paired with the flavour of pumpkin.
So, enough reading!
Here is the simple, yet perfect PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE recipe:
80g PURE pumpkin puree (a really good one is 365 at Whole Foods - linked here)
40g frozen butternut squash (optional)
50g frozen cauliflower
1 medium/large frozen banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
NOTE: ( OR JUST USE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE - Simply Organics)
handful of ice cubes (duh)
HAPPY (US) THANKSGIVING!!!