Smoothie of the Month: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

October 7th, 2015 | Nutrition and Health, Self Improvement

Pumpkin is a nutrient rich food that is often disguised as a dessert, and is hardly touted enough for its health benefits. This smoothie is a chance to enjoy the goodness of pumpkin without too much added sugar or calories from pie crust.


The Recipe

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
½ cup of pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, plain
1 crushed graham cracker
¼ teaspoons of cinnamon
¼ teaspoons of vanilla
3-4 cubes of ice cubes

If you prefer a sweet smoothie: try a teaspoon of honey or agave nectar. One or two Truvia packets may also work well.

The Benefits

  • Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which is linked to improving overall vision and better night vision.
  • Pumpkin provides a good source of fiber without high calorie content. The fiber in pumpkin is helpful when trying to lose weight.
  • If you puree your own pumpkin, save the seeds for snacks! Pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in “phytosterols”. Phytosterols have been shown to reduce harmful cholesterol levels.
  • Pumpkin neutralizes free-radicals, which keeps the skin looking younger and fresher!
  • Are you feeling stressed or anxious? Eating pumpkin seeds may ease your mood. Pumpkin seeds contain amino acids, which encourages the brain to produce the serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for calming effects and sleeping.
  • Pumpkins are rich in potassium. Potassium provides a boost of energy and is particularly helpful after a rigorous workout.
  • Studies have shown a healthy diet of foods rich in beta-carotene may help reduce the risk for developing certain types of cancer, asthma, and heart disease.
  • Pumpkin puree and pumpkin seeds are good source of plant-based iron. Iron is good for keeping energy high and blood healthy. Keeping iron levels healthy is especially helpful for female fertility.

Before you are pumpkin-ed out this season, blend up this smoothie. Take notice, this smoothie recipe calls for pumpkin puree, and not canned pumpkin pie filling. Pie filling, though delicious, contains extra sugar and spices. So keep this recipe a healthier version of a pumpkin treat by using canned pumpkin puree or make your own pumpkin puree at home!

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