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It’s PUMPKIN time!

Tis the season 🙂  Since pumpkin flavored drinks are all the rage right now, we’re going all in with this nutrient-dense drink that will keep you full and satisfied without the unhealthy ingredients, calories and fat.

Not only are pumpkins loaded with the antioxidant rich orange color of beta-carotene (a pre-cursor to vitamin A) but is also full of fiber which helps keep your eyes and skin happy along with other powerful disease-fighting capabilities.  We also snuck in a little turmeric into this drink to help give you an extra anti-inflammatory boost!

A pumpkin protein smoothie can be the perfect post-workout recovery food—since pumpkin is also full of potassium, along with its vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.  Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin, canned or fresh baked
  • 1 small tart apple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder (we like vanilla DotFit)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 t0 1 tsp turmeric (start with 1/2 tsp as it has a strong flavor!)
  • 8oz milk (unsweetened almond, cashew, coconut, regular cow’s milk)
  • 1T coconut oil

Directions:

  • Mix everything in blender until smooth
  • Add 1-2 handfuls of ice cubes
  • Add extra water if you want a thinner smoothie
  • Makes 2 servings

Per serving:  Calories 223, Carbs 27g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 13g, Fat 9g, Sat Fat 6g, Chol 0mg, Sodium 224mg

Reference:  www.thenutritionwatchdog.com