Ok so most of what I what I eat or drink has some type of vegetable in it, and my breakfast is no different! So when fall rolls around, and everyone in the world is drinking Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes, Im over here like - how about a pumpkin smoothie recipe? :)
If you follow my instagram (@foodfitnessandmomlife) or have seen many of my blog posts, you know that I love a healthy, balanced breakfast, and that I am usually all about simple and easy in the mornings. With a 3 year old and the regular craziness of life, I do not have (or want) an hour to spend in the kitchen in the morning. So a quick breakfast option that can even be consumed on the go, like a green smoothie - is almost always necessary!
A couple years ago, I was obsessed with the pumpkin spice latte. Then one day, I looked at the ingredients, and the nutrition information. Once I did that I just couldn't go back. That's all I will say - you can do with that what you wish!
The unfortunate truth, is most of those drinks are FULL of preservatives, artificial flavors and colors (and they usually, don't contain any of the actual fruit or vegetable that the flavor is flaunting - which makes me sad). Although there is always room for amazing treats, sweets and everything else - its not something I like to indulge in on a regular basis. So, I resort to getting my pumpkin on in healthier ways, like with this Frosty Fall Pumpkin Smoothie. Dare I say that it also have greens in it?! I mean of course it does...plus, pumpkin is actually really good for you - with lots of Vitamin A and other nutrients. Its also low calorie but high flavor!
This (green) smoothie is full of nutrition, but also that spiced pumpkin flavor many of us want when it starts to feel fall-ish outside. So, if you are a green smoothie fan - give this one a try! I want to know your honest opinion if you do!
Frosty Fall Pumpkin (Green) Smoothie
1/4 c. Organic pumpkin puree
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop protein powder of choice (I love collagen protein or any clean plant based version!)
1 - 1/12 c. unsweetened almond milk
Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg
1-2 cups frozen spinach
2 T. unsweetened nut butter (I loooove Trader Joes almond butter)
crushed nuts or pumpkin seeds, for topping
chia seeds, flax (optional)
Blend up at high speed, top with chia seeds, and a few crushed nuts, and some additional pumpkin-y spices