Hi friends! I hope you’ve been having a wicked week! With autumn in full swing and Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start incorporating all that delicious fall bounty into our daily diets. One of my favourite fall foods is the humble, but versatile pumpkin. It can be used in anything from pancakes, to muffins, to pies.
Today’s recipe takes advantage of the versatility and health benefits of pumpkin to create a smoothie that tastes just as sweet as pumpkin pie, without the added sugars, ensuring we maintain stable energy all day long! Many of the ingredients in this smoothie contain blood sugar balancing properties to prevent the spikes and crashes that lead to fatigue and food cravings.
Pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant and a precursor to vitamin A. We need both of these nutrients to help protect our cells from free radical damage and to promote immunity, respectively.
The polysaccharides in pumpkin, which include a fibre called pectin, have been shown in animal studies to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-diabetic and insulin regulating properties. These fantastic properties mean that sipping on pumpkin pie can actually make us healthier!
We’ve also included a couple spices whose scent stirs up memories of holidays and delicious treats. Fortunately for our health and waistlines, cinnamon and ginger add another punch to our smoothie by helping our bodies with the cellular uptake of glucose and by increasing our insulin sensitivity, respectively. By supporting our natural bodily processes, adding these spices means we’ll have less sugar in our blood streams and more balanced energy all day long.
This smoothie is super simple to make and full of all your favourite winter spices!
- ½ cup pumpkin puree*
- ½ inch fresh ginger
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. allspice, cloves, and/or nutmeg
- ½ cup coconut milk (or dairy-free milk of choice!)
- ½ banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
* Or 1 apple, diced and cored to create an apple pie smoothie!
Well friends, that’s our sweet as pumpkin pie recipe for today! Don’t forget to change it up by swapping out the pumpkin for apple. Have a fabulous week!