Hi friend. Put down the caffeine-infused chemical cocktail that is a pumpkin spice latte, and drink this delicious pumpkin spice smoothie instead. It will give you a good hit of all those yummy pumpkin spice flavors, plus healthy carbs, healthy fats, protein, and also some extra veggies snuck in there, so you feel satisfied and energized, not anxious, stressed, or fatigued from blood sugar and caffeine crashes.
Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A production in the body. Vitamin A is vital for brain function, healthy skin and your vision. It's also an anti-oxidant, so it can help protect you from cancer, and it's loaded with fiber, Vitamin C, and a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals. Also, the carbs in pumpkin are the good kind - unless you're diabetic, they won't spike your blood sugar/insulin levels, and help your body produce the feel good chemical serotonin. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, and is great for your liver and digestion. And lastly, it's full of warming spices, great for your digestion this time of year. This is all a win if you’re feeling stressed out, tired, anxious, or depressed, or just looking for more ways to eat healthy on the go.
1 C coconut milk – I use Califia Farms, but you can also use the full-fat canned kind and just thin it with a little water
½ C pumpkin puree (organic & BPA-free lined can if possible!)
1 small banana or ½ large (fresh or frozen)
½ C steamed & frozen cauliflower florets
¾ tsp – 1 TB cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
Dash of nutmeg, allspice and cloves
OR 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 TB almond butter (I like crunchy!
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 TB collagen powder (optional but it adds a nice protein boost)
Additional sweetener as desired: raw honey, pure maple syrup, or stevia if you’re diabetic, struggle with candida, or watching your sugar levels.
Chopped Walnuts or other Nuts
Sprinkling of more cinnamon and nutmeg
Mix everything in a blender! Taste and adjust seasoning, sweetness, and thickness as desired. Top with toppings and enjoy!
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