Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Smoothie
It’s officially fall, and we’ve got #allthehearteyes for pumpkin flavored recipes. To kick off our fall recipe series is a pumpkin smoothie. High in fiber and low in calories, pumpkin is great for helping you feel full—a definite plus for a smoothie ingredient. Loaded with electrolytes (such as potassium), it and can help restore electrolyte balance while also replenishing glycogen stores after an intense workout. Pumpkin also contains carotenoids such as (most notably) beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants fight free radical damage and are important for preventing cardiovascular disease and protecting eye health. Both vitamin A and vitamin C (yep, pumpkin has that, too) may boost immunity. As with any smoothie recipe, the ingredients can be adjusted to fit your preference—just don’t skimp on the pumpkin.
Makes 1 serving.
1/3 cup organic pumpkin
1 cup coconut milk (or substitute nut milk of choice, such as cashew or almond)
1 carrot, roughly chopped
2-3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice (or you can use approximately 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon minced ginger root or ½ teaspoon ground ginger, and a dash of nutmeg and clove)
1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Medjool date, pitted (optional, to add a bit of sweetness)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds (optional)
A few chunks of frozen coconut meat (optional) – available at Trader Joes
Collagen peptides or protein powder (optional)
Ice cubes as needed
Topping ideas include: pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, dash of cinnamon, granola, or drizzle of nut butter.
1. Blend all ingredients. Modify as needed to fit your taste preference, and enjoy!
Source: recipe inspired by our in-house powerhouse, Emily C.