Nutritious Delicious Pumpkin Smoothies
Smoothies are my go to breakfast when I am in a hurry and don’t have time to make something, and one of my favorites is a pumpkin smoothie. You can take it “on-the-go”, and it’s a great way to get extra fruits, veggies and other superfoods into your diet. In the fall, there are so many great options for incorporating seasonal produce into your smoothies, including some fresh pumpkin. Try out one of these healthy and delicious pumpkin smoothies.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
This first pumpkin smoothie option is my personal favorite and is one that caters to those who really want a breakfast smoothie that tastes just like a pumpkin pie. You can also have this smoothie as a healthy alternative when others are having fattening pumpkin pie for dessert, but you want to eat something a little on the more nutritious side. To start this smoothie, you should have one frozen banana so that you don’t need added ice, along with pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin, Greek yogurt, and some milk. You can choose regular milk, almond milk, or even cashew milk. To make it taste like pumpkin pie, add some pumpkin pie spice, a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg, and some pure maple syrup, honey or stevia. Blend it all together and enjoy.
Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
This next smoothie is very similar to your traditional pumpkin pie smoothie, but it adds some extra ingredients to help increase your protein. You can go ahead and start with the same ingredients as the previous smoothie, including your banana, milk, yogurt, pumpkin, and the spices. The difference here is you want to change up how you get your protein. Milk and bananas are good for protein, but you can go one step further by adding a scoop of gluten-free vanilla protein powder. You might even be able to find gluten-free pumpkin spice protein powder this time of year. Add that in as well and it turns into a protein smoothie.
Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie
If you are a vegan or simply want a dairy-free option, it is really easy to do. All you really need to do is get rid of the regular milk and yogurt, and go for dairy-free options. Replace your milk with almond milk or coconut milk to start with. Instead of the regular Greek yogurt, you can either use a type of vegan yogurt, or add in another banana or two to get the same consistency. The rest of the pumpkin smoothie ingredients can be the same as the previous two options. This is a really easy way to make it vegan.