A Pumpkin Pie Smoothie That is Healthy Enough to Eat for Breakfast

  • Hannah Aylward
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A Pumpkin Pie Smoothie That is Healthy Enough to Eat for Breakfast

by Hannah Aylward

  

It’s November, and you know what that means — it’s time for pumpkin everything!

   

Typically when we think of pumpkin, we think of pie, a not-so-healthy but oh-so-delicious holiday staple. However, pumpkin is a versatile fruit. You can put it in cakes, cookies, pies, soups, stews, purees, salads, and even pasta. Not to mention, pumpkin itself boasts some big nutritional benefits.

  

Pumpkin is one of the best-known sources of the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration. Many studies have suggested that eating more plant foods such as pumpkin decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality. It can also help prevent diabetes and heart disease, promote a healthy complexion and hair, and increase energy.

   

So we took this nutritious fall favorite and put it into a smoothie that will satisfy all your pumpkin spice needs. Best of all it is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, and fiber-packed. With the taste of pumpkin pie and the nutrients for a proper breakfast, it’s a win-win.

  

As always, this smoothie contains my key ingredients: fiber,  protein,  healthy fat,  greens,  hydrating liquid base. This combination of ingredients will keep us healthy, satiated, and full of energy until our next meal without weighing us down.

   

Pumpkin Pie Morning Power Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup organic spinach
  • 1 Tbs hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ frozen banana (optional)

Optional toppings: almond yogurt, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, cinnamon  

*I like my smoothies thick, so I use spinach (use less if frozen), and add a large handful of ice cubes. This helps give the smoothie a really nice texture.

  

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except the ice if using, to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Then add in the ice, and blend again. If too thick, add more almond or coconut milk.
  2. Top with all desired toppings, and serve immediately.

*We recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. You should consult your health care professional before making any changes to your regular health care routine.   


Hannah Aylward

Hannah Aylward is a Certified Health Coach, nutrition consultant, fitness instructor, healthy living expert, and founder of HAN. She helps both men and women around the world lose weight, heal skin disturbances, balance hormones, heal gut imbalances and feel at home in their bodies through healthy eating, movement, mindfulness and positive self-talk. Her goal is to help others “learn the tools that they need to live the lives they deserve”. Get to know her by visiting her website and following her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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