Paleo Pumpkin Protein Shake!

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!!

PUMPKIN SHAE

Recipe:

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

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3 thoughts on “Paleo Pumpkin Protein Shake!

  1. Another great nutrient dense shake/smoothie!!! The suggestion to use nutmeg &/or cloves is a great way to kick up the nutrients too!!! Here’s what I mean…

    Nutmeg; aids in sleep, helps immune system, contains key minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and manganese, ground up with water or honey to make a paste or face scrub can make your clearer and brighter, reduces scars and alleviates acne and promotes health in the gut, shields the brain against degenerative disease, helps relieve muscle and joint pain, revs up blood circulation, helps with kidney infections & promotes liver health!!!

    Cloves is another super food that has a lot of health benefits such as it’s antioxidant properties, anti-Inflammatory properties, and is Nutrient-Dense containing Manganese, Vitamin K, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium to name a few!

    Great Suggestion!!!

  2. I just made this tonight and it was absolutely amazing. The only thing I did different was used half an avocado instead of a banana because I was out, but you couldn’t taste any difference. I had my boyfriend try it and he really did not believe it was paleo. He thought it tasted too good to be paleo.

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