Even thought it’s still 100 degrees where we live, there’s not denying that it is officially pumpkin spice season. My feed is filled with fall decor and PSLs, but I’m just not ready for fall. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I’m just not a PSL gal. I do however LOVE pumpkin baked goods. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies-I’m here for it all. Also, not sure why no one talks about this but pumpkin baked goods should be made all year since you can basically find canned pumpkin any time.
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This week I started my fall baking and made some pumpkin muffins that were a big hit in our house. After I made them I had an awkward amount of leftover pumpkin puree (this always seems to happen right?!) so I decided I would make a pumpkin protein smoothie the next day. I’m a big fan of smoothies and usually have that or a smoothie bowl for breakfast most days. They’re quick, healthy and an easy way to get in nutrients, protein and veggies. Pumpkin has lots of health benefits so it’s the perfect ingredient to add to your next smoothie!
Benefits of Pumpkin
- Nutritious and rich in Vitamin A
- High antioxidant content
- Contains vitamins that may boost immunity
- Nutrient dense and low cal so it may promote weight loss
I like to use homemade oat milk that I make with my Almond Cow for this particular smoothie because it’s creamy and complements the pumpkin flavor so well. I love being able to make my own plant-based milks so I highly recommend it. They were kind enough to give me a promo code to share so you can use code SAFI if you decide to purchase one!
I’m a huge fan of adding frozen fruits and veggies because I like a thick, frosty texture when I make smoothies. I always keep sliced frozen bananas on hand for smoothies and nice cream and frozen riced cauliflower is also amazing because it doesn’t have strong taste but adds extra nutrients and texture.
I am a pescatarian so I do like to make protein smoothies so I ensure I’m getting enough protein. I’ve been using Orgain plant-based protein powder for years and I absolutely love it. The taste is amazing and I like using both vanilla and chocolate depending on the smoothie recipe. If you’re interested in trying their products, you can use code AMBASSADOR925 for a discount.
I basically add cinnamon to everything (peanut butter toast, oatmeal, coffee, smoothie bowl etc). I love the taste but it’s also SO good for you.
Benefits of Cinnamon
- Packed with antioxidants
- May cut the risk of heart disease
- Lowers blood sugar
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- May protect against cancer
I love to sprinkle it on top of this smoothie to make it extra fall-ish. Lastly, I add cacao nibs because I like to incorporate a crunchy texture.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do! Tag me @safiinmotherland if you make it!
Also, if you’re interested you can find my go-to smoothie bowl recipe here