I oddly never really liked this fave Autumn veggie until very recently. I always had trouble with that traditional pie, with way too much whip cream. Yuck. BUT, I have come around to loving a good pumpkin spice dessert!
Before I break down the recipe, can we just run over all the benefits of consuming pumpkin :
- Low cals
- No saturated fats or cholesterol
- It’s a veggie!
- Aids in weight loss (hooray for that protein!)
- Great source of vitamin C and vitamin E
- HUGE source of vitamin A…like, more than 200% of your daily intake
- Rich in minerals like copper, calcium and potassium
- May reduce cancer risk
- Boosts your immune system
- Helps protect your skin
Okay, now that we got that all of the way, a MAJOR bonus of this smoothie? It’s delicious, of course (seriously, I swear it would also make a good after-dinner dessert), but it also has tons of pumpkin in it! And I even added some extra protein powder for more “fill you up” power.
But, like other smoothies I’ve made, I do love them thick! So feel free to “water this down” with more almond milk or crushed ice. Just be careful not to add too much and dull out the flavor. It can be a real bummer.
However, if you do keep the thick consistency, you can throw it in the fridge for a pudding-type consistency, and have it as an after-dinner dessert. Talk about flexible.
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder (I used vega one)
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1 ripe banana
- Put all ingredients in blender.
- Blend on high, or on "smoothie mode," until everything is mixed well.
- Pour into a cup of your choice.
- Add a cinnamon stick for some extra sass, or throw into the fridge for a "pudding-like" treat later in the day.
And happy Tuesday beautiful people! I’m not sure why, but I’m so happy it’s Tuesday today. I get to see my nutritionist and I got to go for a walk with Ryan before work this morning. It’s the little things 🙂