But seriously, is there anything more comforting than the aromas of Fall? From sweet brown sugar to spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, the crisp scents of autumn simply beg us to sit in front of the fireplace in our fuzzy slippers with a good book, and a slice of pumpkin pie (Of course, the pumpkin pie is my favorite part of that equation!)
Side note: I made a pumpkin pie this week for a dinner party and received so many compliments! It was a huge step up from the last pumpkin pie I baked, which had turned out to be an utter disaster. Apparently my secret ingredient swap (nutmeg for ground cloves) was enough to get this pie rated as ‘the best pumpkin pie ever’ by our guests #winning.
Anyway, while pumpkin pie is absolutely delicious, it’s also heavy on the sugar. Because sugar contains zero essential nutrients and a whole lot of calories, it’s best to monitor the amount of sugar in our diets and save those extra sweet snacks for special occasions.
So, what to do as a healthier alternative? Get creative and add protein, obviously! This protein shake recipe actually tastes like a pumpkin pie. It will help satisfy that fall spice craving, while hitting your macros at the same time. But before you start blending, let’s talk about the benefits of this smoothie’s star ingredient – pumpkin!
As one of the most popular vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family, pumpkin contains a generous amount of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and folate (another B vitamin). Both of these micronutrients are beneficial to the immune system, tissue maintenance, and may be contained in dietary supplements. Pumpkin is also a rich source of vitamin A, which means your hair, skin, nails and eyesight will benefit from this festive veggie. Fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids (which our bodies convert to additional vitamin A) are just a few more of the benefits pumpkin provides.
The moral of this story: eat more pumpkin! Now, I’ll quit talking and let you get to the good part of this article. Enjoy the smoothie and whatever book you choose to read in front of that fireplace.
½ cup canned pumpkin puree
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ cup water
¼ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
253 Calories per 1 Serving | Total Fat 2.2 grams | Total Carbohydrates 23 grams | Dietary Fiber 6.5 grams | Sugars 11 grams | Total Protein 38 grams | Spark Nutrition Calculator