Many of us will use pumpkins this Autumn for the holiday season either in a pie or as decoration for Halloween. We've already seen them pile up in the supermarkets all over town, which is great for festive fun, but we also want to think about how we can be sustainable. We hope to encourage everyone to use our pumpkins as a power food, once we're done with the fun.
Will you be inspired to take a more conscious approach and at the same time get glowing skin from the inside out?
So here's our tip for using up our pumpkins and making them into a powerful pumpkin protein smoothie, without the refined sugar, calories and fat that's in traditional pumpkin pie. Its velvety smooth cinnamon spiced goodness will provide a boost to your gut and help your skin radiate.
1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt*
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
- 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk*
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
- 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
- 1 cup ice
- Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth – this may take longer if your blender isn’t very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
- Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.
- Yogurt: Feel free to use regular (non Greek) vanilla or plain yogurt instead – keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. I prefer vanilla Greek yogurt not only for its protein count, but for its incredibly thick texture and vanilla taste.
- Spices: Instead of pumpkin pie spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and/or more cinnamon to taste.
- Milk: Any milk is just fine here. However, be sure to adjust the protein count accordingly!
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