Pumpkin is affordable, healthy and easy to keep on hand with canned options.   I made this Pumpkin Smoothie Healthy recipe two different ways which changed it up completely.  You could have it as a dessert, snack or meal.  I made the Pumpkin Smoothie version that I drank and a smoothie bowl that I topped with pecans.  My family loved it.  You do not have to add protein powder but if you want to, make sure to read this Protein the Good the Bad and the Ugly

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Pumpkin Smoothie Healthy Recipe

What you Need:

  • ½ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk *use any milk you like
  • Large handful of spinach *I pack a lot because it’s so good for you
  • 1 tbsp. Flax Seed *use ground or whole
  • ½ Frozen Banana
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon *I sprinkle a lot because I love it
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Puree *choose a BPA free can and no sugar added you want 100% pure pumpkin or you can roast it yourself if you are brave enough
  • 3-6 ice cubes *more if you like it colder
  • Optional: clean Protein Powder if you want it read more about healthy Protein Powders here

How to Make it:

In the order above, add all ingredients to your blender or food processor.  

Blend it well until smooth.  

Pour into a smoothie glass or a bowl.  

If making the smoothie bowl version, add crushed pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon  

Option 1:  Make as a Smoothie

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Option 2:  Make a Smoothie Bowl top with nuts or seeds

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Pumpkin Health Tidbits:

  • Avoid added ingredients if you are choosing canned as they can be high in sugar
  • Keep canned pumpkin in your pantry to make pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin smoothies
  • It’s low in calorie, sugar and is said to have fiber which helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease
  • Loaded with antioxidants and beta carotene which help with aging (yes please)
  • Lots of micronutrients

Nutritional Breakdown

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains:

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrate

1 cup of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

*source Medical News Today Article 279610

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