Pumpkin (Protein) Smoothie

10 Oct

LifeWork Strategies comes to a number of our health events at my company, SRA International.  Often, healthy recipe demos are a part of their participation.  A great find at Bryan’s site’s fall health fair  (he is an SRA employee as well) was this pumpkin smoothie recipe.  I personally modified to include a vanilla-flavored protein powder for women called Aria.  It features a combo of whey and soy protein appropriate for ladies.  It is very low in sugar and has no artificial sweeteners.  Couple scoops at 90 calories plus some skim milk makes a great snack.  There is also a chocolate flavor.  You can find this at your local Vitamin Shoppe for around $13 or save a few bucks and order packs of 2 for around $20 through Amazon.com.  It qualifies for the free super savings shipping so get something else you’ve been needing to get to the $25 and shipping will be gratis.   Back to the smoothie…this is yet another way to enjoy pumpkin and in a healthy way!  This recipe will make 2 servings so if you make for just you, I would half the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz.) pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling, just plain ol canned pumpkin)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt or plain greek yogurt if you use vanilla protein
  • 1 banana, frozen and cut into slices
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 scoops Aria vanilla-flavored protein (optional)
  • crushed graham crackers (optional if you want more of a healthy treat than a snack)

Directions: 

  1. The night before, portion pumpkin into ice cube tray and freeze.
  2. Put the frozen pumpkin, milk, yogurt, frozen banana, and spice into a blender and puree until smooth
  3. Relish in the fall season before pumpkin goes away.  🙂
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