Pumpkin purée is low in calories, high in nutrients and readily available. It’s a great source of potassium, fiber and vitamin A. Don’t mistakenly purchase pumpkin pie filling which is spiced and already sweetened. Canned pumpkin purée is nothing more than puréed pumpkin flesh. I usually grab a few extra cans this time of year for soups, pancakes/waffles and baked goods. I added spinach to my smoothie which does turn the beautiful orange pumpkin flesh to a dull green, but adds vitamin K and iron! Change up what you put in your smoothie and add your favorite protein powder too. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large ripe banana or a frozen banana, if you have on hand
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or "milk" of choice
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup optional
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 5-7 ice cubes
- 1 scoop good quality protein powder My fav is collagen protein powder
- 1 heaping cup baby spinach leaves
- Sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish
- Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and purée until smooth. If the mixture is too thick you can thin with more milk or water. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
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