Now tell me Mama...who needs Starbucks PSL when you can have a Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie that looks THIS AMAZING and still keep your trim waistline & the money in your wallet!?!
One of the many blessings of THM is that it gives us so many options to find healthy indulgences and not feel like we're missing out on the good stuff.
While I found this recipe a several weeks ago on Facebook, handiwork of a fellow THMer, Michelle Troyer, I decided that since today is National Pumpkin Day, (woot woot), that now would be the perfect time to showcase it.
With my fondness of pumpkin pie and my
I decided to give it a go.. I think some women might have even dubbed her saintly after trying her recipe. :) It's truly like pumpkin pie. Not kidding!
Plus, you can whip it up at home in a jiffy without ever having to get our your yoga pajama pants.
While I have added a few small tweaks of my own to suit my tastebuds the original recipe concoction is still hers. I have Michelle's permission to share it here with you, and yes you should be very excited!
There are so many numerous benefits to eating pumpkin! You can find 8 amazing reasons to include it in Mama's diet (in case these pictures aren't enough to convince you to make this right. now!) in this informative article. It even suggests that pumpkin is helpful in prevent wrinkles.
Sipping deliciousness AND fighting wrinkles! Yes! Yes, please!
This is sounding better all the time, eh? :)
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Trim Healthy Mama - (Satisfying) S
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk*
3-4 TBSP heavy cream
1/2-1 scoop vanilla protein powder**
1/2 cup pure pumpkin purée***
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
big pinch cloves
good dash of salt
1 teaspoon Sweet Blend or 2-3 teaspoons Truvia
Stevia to taste if needed
10-15 ice cubes depending on how thick you want it
Put everything in blender, blend for a minute, taste. See if it needs more sweetness or more spices to get it just the way you like it. Let sit for a minute, then blend again until it's the consistency you like. Top with full fat Reddi Whip or real whipped cream if desired.
If you really want to fancy it up like in the pictures, dust the top with a little more spices. I used pumpkin pie spice but cinnamon would also be decadent!
This fills a quart jar and you can even eat the whole thing yourself, but if you want to share and have 2 servings, a pint each, I say, share the love!
*If you do not have unsweetened vanilla almond milk on hand just use regular and add a splash of pure vanilla extract to the blender.
** I use 1/2 scoop vanilla Jay Robb protein powder because a whole scoop made it taste more like a protein smoothie than pie, which I didn't like as well. So with the 1/2 scoop I keep it as a snack or dessert.
*** Watch the carb content on the back of your pumpkin can. Some pumpkins have more carbs than others if they claim to be 100% pure. Remember to take the carbs then subtract fiber and that is what you count. So if you wanted to have eggs or another side with it for breakfast for instance just watch your total carb count to make sure that you don't go over your 10grams limit for a good S meal.