Better Than Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Vanilla Paleo Power or Plant Power
- 8 oz unsweetened almond milk (or less depending on preference)
- 1 -2 tsp. Fiber Boost
- 2 T. pecan butter
- ½ c. organic pumpkin puree
- a few drops of alcohol-free vanilla extract
- Dash of pumpkin pie spice
- Ice to desired thickness OR 1/2 frozen banana
Blend in high-powered blender. (I use NutriBullet). Top with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Flip 1: substitute coconut milk for almond
Flip 2: substitute almond or cashew butter for pecan
Flip 3: stick to ice if you’re cutting fruit sugars
Flip 4: add a few drops of stevia to taste
Flip 5: make it sweet potato pie with 1/2 a roasted sweet potato for the pumpkin
Infinite options and rich vitamin A goodness.
Taste of Fall Smoothie
This is one of my favorite fall smoothies. It will take you all the way to Christmas. Blending this with ice really makes this smooth and creamy. I have also frozen the pumpkin puree and used that with ice instead of using banana at all. Lots of pumpkin smoothies add dates and I like this recipe because it doesn’t. That means the sugar impact is a little lower.
If you like a little crunch the way I do, try making grain-free granola. Use less almond milk so you create a smoothie bowl. Top with a little grain-free granola.
This smoothie is a perfect way to boost your amino acid intake. Though both are “complete” proteins, they’re slightly lower in some of the 9 essential amino acids compared to say, an egg or a steak. Nuts on the other hand tend to be higher in those very same amino acids. So as you add the two together during your day, or right at that meal, you enhance the lean muscle maintenance power you’re looking for in your daily protein quota. You also get a yummy and desirable crunch you might miss with a smoothie.
Combine Resistance Training with high quality high protein for a boost of muscle protein synthesis.