As November 5th quickly approaches and my belly continues to grow, I have to find ways to fill up the tank that are still healthy and tasty. For instance, this past weekend, I scarfed this smoothie down as Mike and I headed off to the Warrior Dash race in northeastern CT. Mike signed up to run it with a group of friends and let me tell you- I was jealous! Seriously, as messed up as it sounds, I was battling hard-core envy as I watched my hubby and our friends jump over fire, scale walls, and crawl through knee-deep mud. Count me in next year for sure (any one want to
|Pre-race cleanliness. I have no idea why I wore a white shirt to a mud race. |
I'll blame pregnancy brain.
|The Game of Thrones Crew: Sarah, Mike, Kurt, Laura's hubby Caleb, Brian and Jim.|
|They had to scale the wall using a rope on |
the other side and then climb down this side.
|The final obstacle: mud pit under barbed wire.|
|It looked like a big pit of chocolate pudding but probably didn't taste that way.|
|Just a little dirtier this time.|
|A true mud-covered warrior. And alot of dirty laundry.|
Okay, now onto the actual topic of this post: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. I pinned this a while back and finally decided to try it a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I'm hooked!
Here's how the recipe is listed on my "EAT" board:
SUPER HEALTHY Pumpkin Pie Smoothie! I am already excited for fall :) 1/2 banana (peeled, frozen, diced) ~1/3 cup pumpkin puree (Libby’s) ~1/3 cup FF plain Greek yogurt ~3/4-1cup vanilla almond milk, Few shakes of pumpkin spice (Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice) Few shakes of cinnamon (optional) Pinch of cloves 1tsp vanilla 4-5 ice cubes.
After trying it a few times, I've modified it a bit to my own liking:
|The PEC version.|
In a blender combine the ingredients below and blend until smooth.
1 frozen (or fresh) banana
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (freeze the rest in 1/2 cup portions)
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt (I tend to have this on hand more often than plain yogurt)
3/4 cup regular milk (use vanilla soy or almond milk if you're using plain yogurt)
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 ice cubes (more if the banana isn't frozen)
Its definitely different having pumpkin in a smoothie but its got a nice, sweet flavor to it. I also like the fact that you're getting at least one serving of veggies in the smoothie and its much more appealing than chomping on some broccoli first thing in the morning. I've even thrown in some fresh spinach to boost the nutritional value and its still just as good. Cheers to fall smoothies!