‘Tis the season for pumpkin! The stores are infested with pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING!! Pumpkin has become so trendy and synonymous with Fall. The leaves change and everything turns into a pumpkin!
Are pumpkin flavored things healthy? Overall, no. Is pumpkin healthy? Absolutely! How can we up the ante with this trend and make it healthy?? By using ACTUAL pumpkin and even adding our own pumpkin spice! Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, beta-carotene (antioxidant), and so much flavor! The biggest craze is the infamous “PSL”, but it has SO much sugar and a little bit (if any) pumpkin! So I took it into my own hands and I have recreated this drink into a fiber rich smoothie!
PUMPed up Pumpkin Smoothie
1/2 cup Pumpkin purée (Whole Foods 365 boxed pumpkin)
1 Frozen banana
1 cup Vanilla unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze)
1 cup cold Pumpkin spice coffee (Trader Joe’s coffee cups)
1 tbsp Chia seeds (Trader Joe’s)
Dash Cinnamon (you can most certainly use Pumpkin Spice but I didn’t have any handy)
3 ice cubes (optional)
Combine all ingredients into your favorite blender! (I use the Ninja) Blend and ENJOY!!