Pumpkin Smoothie – Best Fall Breakfast Ever

Ok – so I’m all about health food that tastes like dessert – in this case: pumpkin pie.  In the fall, it doesn’t get much better than pumpkin pie – especially when I can have it for breakfast and still feel like I’m doing great thing for my body.  It’s a win-win.  Here’s the recipe for my latest obsession:

Ridiculously Awesome Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

In your blender mix the heck out of:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup baked pumpkin (cubes) or 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree from a can
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (my favorite is vanilla glycemic foundation from Ortho Molecular products)
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 carrots (if you have a vita mix or juicing blender) or 1/4 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Maybe some extra water if it’s too thick

Pumpkin!

This smoothie is super orange, packed with antioxidants and TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN PIE!! Here are the benefits:

  • High protein
  • High fiber (if you use this protein powder.  If you’re using another protein powder that doesn’t have fiber in it I suggest adding a scoop of fiber powder, unflavored, that mixes clear with water – the pumpkin and carrots also have some fiber, but I think it’s great to have more fiber in the morning)
  • Low sugar/carbohydrate
  • Wheat, gluten, dairy and soy free
  • High in carotenoids – the antioxidants in the Vitamin A family that give pumpkins and carrots their orange color.  These are great for skin health, eye health and overall anti-aging.
  • Blood sugar controlling cinnamon (from the pumpkin pie spice) that helps to regulate your sugar processing all morning
  • Potassium
  • 3 of your fruit and veggie servings – and it’s not even noon yet!

Seriously I’ve been living off of these this fall and they’re only getting better. This addiction might last through Christmas…

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