Why pumpkin? Because it is a superfood. What is so super about pumpkin??? Well, thanks for indulging me…I will tell you.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber. It helps slow digestion and keeps us feel full longer! The bright and beautiful orange color comes from a supply of beta-cartone which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. A single cup of pumpkin contains over 200% of most people’s daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. Your eyes and skin will thank you for eating pumpkin. And, Vitamin A is also great for immunity. It will help you fight off infections and viruses. Pumpkin also helps you stay hydrated because when it is canned it is nearly 90% water. Hydration gives us energy and helps keep our skin glowing. To top it all off it is less than 50 calories a serving. Personally, I am not a big calorie counter, but I still thought this was noteworthy.
And…..helloooooo antioxidents. So eat pumpkin. Lots of it.
- one frozen banana
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lucuma powder (optional)
- 1 medjool date
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1¼ cups almond milk (30 calorie, use non gmo or organic)
- Optional toppings: unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, cacao nibs
- Put almond milk, frozen banana and date in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients.
- Top with either unsweetened coconut and chia or cacao nibs or all three!
Lucuma Powder. Thank you David Wolfe for bringing this superfood to my attention. It will add creaminess and sweetness to this drink. The taste is described as l to having a touch of caramel or maple, even pumpkin-like. Lucuma powder is made from the pulp of the lucuma fruit which is dehydrated and made into powder form.
Cinnamon!!!! Huge antioxidant and superfood. antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. What does that actually mean in real life. I like to describe antioxidants as your cells armor; and free radicals our the attackers. The more antioxidants rich food we eat, the better protected our cells will be.
So if you are thinking about grabbing a piece of pumpkin pie…..you may want to try this instead. This superfood smoothie can be dessert, lunch, snack, or even a super quick dinner! If you want to add a little more protein throw in a tablespoon of organic almond butter.
Happy eating, no guilt.