PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
This smoothie is one of my absolute favorites. I originally posted this up last Halloween in the last iteration of our blog. It really tastes like you are having a slice of pumpkin pie and is a healthy alternative to the sweet treat. So, I wanted to repost it. I posted a little earlier this time around so readers could enjoy it all season long.
Since creating this recipe it has been a favorite of mine in the rotation. It is naturally energizing, and I found I don’t have to reach for that second cup of coffee around 10am when having this. Also, I give this to my kids all the time and drink it in the mornings to get my day going and focus levels up.
Reasons to love this smoothie and make it a staple:
- Omega-3 essentials
- Essential fatty acids (aka good fat for brain health)
- Loads of protein from walnuts, almonds, almond milk, almond butter, and chia seeds.
- Dietary Fiber
- Micronutrients from the tiny yet powerful chia seeds
- Phytonutrients (helps fight free radicals and prevent disease) found in the honey
- Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Manganese found in the bananas
- Neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants from walnuts. Also, walnuts are proven to help stimulate brain production of small children.
- Pumpkin is proven to aid weightless, help eyesight, improve heart health, and boost your immune system. Read more about the benefit of adding pumpkin to your diet here.
- 1 tablespoon of raw collected honey
- Pumpkin pie spice to taste. I use 2 teaspoons.
- 1 generous tablespoon of flax seed meal (Store this item in the refrigerator in a seal tight bag or container.)
- 1 generous tablespoon of chia seeds
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons Raw Almond butter (Creamy is an easier option to mix.)
- 1 cup of whole raw walnuts
- 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds.
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1 cup of unsweetened; almond milk
- Simple Syrup to taste. I used 1 tsp in this recipe.
- 2-4 ice cubes