Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie (V, GF) | Busy Girl Healthy WorldHere it is: the first pumpkin recipe of the season. Expect many more. This smoothie literally takes like pumpkin pie filling. Since this is my very first recipe with pumpkin on the blog, let’s talk about the health benefits. Just like carrots, a single cup of pumpkin contains 200% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which means it helps keep your eyes healthy and sharp. It also contains a good amount of vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system. Pumpkin can aid in weight loss/management because it’s full of fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full for longer. Research shows that the beta-carotene in pumpkin may help to ward off cancer. The versatile orange vegetable is also amazing to consume after a hard workout, as it contains more re-fueling potassium than a banana. This is why my pumpkin protein smoothie should be your new post workout snack of choice. It has both pumpkin AND banana, which makes it twice as fabulous. Do I even need to mention that it tastes absolutely delicious?

Note: As with any smoothie, I also like to have this for breakfast! It’s super fast to make and nutritious to boot. This recipe can be easily doubled for two servings.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie (V, GF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients:
1 banana, frozen
½ cup canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of ginger
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Perfect Fit)
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth and creamy.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie (V, GF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories: 301 Fat: 1g Carbs: 57g Protein: 18g Sodium: 129mg Sugar: 31g

*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.

Written by Christina

    2 Comments

  1. Lauren B. September 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Any recommendations for banana substitution? I’m not a fan. thanks!

    • Christina September 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

      Yes! The banana is really just in there for texture, not flavor–so you could use plain for vanilla greek yogurt, a little silken tofu, or finely ground oats to help “bulk it up” and add some thickness. If you’re not worried about a thinner smoothie, you could always omit and add a good handful of ice instead.

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