So, as I’m sure you have noticed…..I have been addicted to these smoothies & shakes!! It’s just so easy for me (who doesn’t normally eat breakfast) to whip one of these up to take for breakfast & then bring the extra for a little snack later =) Not only can these babies be full of healthy fats, vegetables, fiber (keep you full), but they are so easy to make, easy to takeeee & DELISH! YUM! So here is my latest creation, using pumpkin, I know thanksgiving is over… pumpkin is NOT & you’ll see why!!
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX)
1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (a little more if you want it thinner)
1/2 banana (or frozen banana if you thought ahead =))
4-5 dates (optional, just for a hint of sweetness)
1/2 tsp-1 tbsp (i like a lot) cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1-2 scoops protein of your choice (I only use one scoop)
(**feel free to add some nutmeg, or cloves for some extra spice!)
**Add ice if you didn’t have a frozen banana, or if you just want it colder! (I drink mine at room temp sometimes, i don’t mind it! =))
Pulse everything in your blender, add some extra almond milk if your shake is looking too thick. Pour into glass, sprinkle some extra cinnamon on top just for fun & drink up! Great for breakfast or post WOD…here’s why:
Pumpkin is not only an antioxidant (beta-carotene, plays a role in cancer prevention!) & an anti-inflammatory, but FULL of Vitamin A, more than 200% of your daily intake! Vitamin A can aid in your visibility & help prevent cataracts & sight deterioration. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids (what gives them their color), which actually has anti-aging properties! Also, has shown to help aid in cardiovascular disease prevention. This awesome ingredient is full of fiber as well, keeping you fuller, longer & helping us keep our fab figures! Last but not least, full of Vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system & contains more potassium than a banana!!! This helps refuel us and keep our muscles functioning well! I think it’s safe to say I’ll be enjoying pumpkin all year round =)
Ginger is great for our belly! Chew on some ginger or add some to your tea to help soothe upset stomachs or cramps & reduce flatulence..(I don’t have to explain that do i?!?!?!?) Ginger helps improve the absorption of nutrients in the body & helps get rid of throat & nose congestion! Definitely a SUPER SPICE!
Cinnamon is not only a tasty additive to baked goods, smoothies, teas, applesauce… is actually has shown to regulate blood sugar & reduce cholesterol (reduce risk of cardiovascular disease) Cinnamon has natural medicinal purpose by showing to be effective against some ulcer causing bacteria & other yucky bacteria. (YIKES!) Has been linked to arthritis relief & also cancer prevention! & finally, contains fiber, calcium, iron & maganese…granted we only use a TBSP or so per serving, but use it in everything & you’ll be good to go!!!
Happy Drinking!! =) ❤ Amy