Superfood Smoothie: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!
As an adopted New Englander I love everything Fall has to offer: crisp sunny days, apple picking, cute cosy clothes, and of course, pumpkin spice!
Whilst not a fan of the super sugary and chemical laden pumpkin spice lattes, shakes, and baked goods available at the big chain coffee shops, I do love pumpkin for its amazing health boosting benefits.
Pumpkin falls pretty high up on my 'Carbohydrate Hierarchy'; that is for a small number of carbs (20g in a cup), it is packed full of fiber and beta carotene (which provides it vibrant color), giving a real beauty boost to your hair, skin and nails. Beta carotene either converts into Vitamin A (Retinol) or acts as an anti inflammatory agent in the body and can be found in vegetables from the Carotenoid family such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes and squashes.
Combine this with micronutrient rich cashew milk (also a source of great fats), the warming, feel-good, blood sugar stabilizing effects of the pumpkin spice blend, and the zinc boosting pumpkin seed topping and you have a seasonal Superfood Smoothie more than worthy of the name!
Pumpkin Spice Superfood Smoothie
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or cooked pumpkin
- 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (roughly chopped)
Place all the ingredients (except pumpkin seeds) in the blender and been until smooth. Top with pumpkin seeds and enjoy!
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