Satisfy your Pumpkin spice latte craving with this Pumpkin Spice protein smoothie, a low sugar plant based recipe with over 20g of quality protein.
I am a wellness coach and an advocate for BALANCE. I believe in living fully and savoring all the joys life brings. I don’t believe in deprivation diets, quick fixes, extremes, or “surviving” through life with strict regulations. Depriving yourself to an extreme isn’t sustainable long-term and neither is indulging 24-7. When you don’t let yourself enjoy the things you love, you end up craving them more.
Sometimes all you need is a little coaching on different ways you can remix your diet choices to have them help you in your fitness goals. That’s where this Pumpkin Spice protein smoothie comes in. It allows you to satisfy your fall Pumpkin cravings without sabotaging your efforts to maintain a healthy diet. By indulging wisely and treating your taste buds, it actually makes it easier to stay on track and find balance.
A real Pumpkin Spice latte is over 49 grams of sugar, which is a recipe for an energy crash and burn. This low sugar alternative is packed full of healthy fats, nutrient-rich carbs, and protein which make it a nourishing meal or snack for lasting energy results.
Pumpkin is an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. The carotenes (a.k.a. the flavonoids responsible for pumpkin’s orange glow) lend a protective effect against cancers and consuming pumpkin has also been shown to be effective at preventing developing type 2 diabetes. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption and is necessary to repair and regenerate our tissues. It helps neutralize free radicals and the effects of nitrates often found in processed foods. Vitamin C boosts immunity and can less the miserable effects of a cold. Pumpkin’s high fiber helps you feel full longer, which is a great aid in weight loss. And it’s low glycemic properties also help to keep your body in fat-burning mode—not fat-storing mode. A pumpkin-protein smoothie can be the perfect post-workout recovery food or power packed breakfast choice.
Power up your blender and energize yourself with this healthy Pumpkin Spice protein smoothie. Notice what happens in your life when you make the choice to feel good.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie.
Satisfy your PSL craving with this healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein smoothie. Tastes like dessert AND helps fuel your health?! Sign me up for a glass.
- ½ cup organic pumpkin puree
- ½ banana (frozen works best)
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 6 ounces Blue Diamond almond milk / water (I use the magic bullet blender cup as my guide for how much liquid to fill in the smoothie. You can choose more water or almond milk depending on how you like your smoothie.)
- One scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Protein Powder, Vega One Vanilla Chai , or Vega Clean Vanilla
- Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth and enjoy! Tip: Freeze extra pumpkin puree in mounds on wax paper ahead of time, then place in bags and store in the freezer for pumpkin pie smoothies all year long.
- 1 scoop Vega One vanilla protein and greens
- 1 apple
- Non dairy pumpkin spice almond milk + water to fill blender.
Directions: Blend. Drink. Be happy.
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I hope these recipes showed you that eating well and delicious CAN be in the same sentence! Next time you are craving Pumpkin Spice, skip the Starbucks and give these smoothies a chance. The protein will give you more energy that any sugar filled coffee beverage ever good. Be kind to your body and it will be kind to you. I promise.
Hungry for more? In my Strong Body Beautiful program, I will guide you in finding a diet that nourishes your body, satisfies your taste buds, and helps you reach the performance and aesthetic goals you desire. You’ll learn how to overcome obstacles to healthy eating, how to master moderation, and how to discover an eating style that works for you. Your diet doesn’t have to be miserable to work. You don’t have to go to extremes to be a success. You CAN find a way of eating that you enjoy and that fuels your life.
Leave me a comment below if you try this pumpkin spice protein smoothie!If you love pumpkin spice you need this in your life. Happy fall y’all. Be good to yourself.
Cheers to your health,
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