It’s officially Fall and I can officially post a slurry of pumpkin-y posts! I had my first PSL this weekend but it was so hot out it had to be iced. Still delicious but totally loses the coziness factor. There is a chill in the air today which I’m hoping sticks around for a bit.
The only downside to the absolutely huge variety of pumpkin foods and drinks this season are the calories. Between the pumpkin beer, pumpkin bread/muffins/pies and that awful, delightful pumpkin syrup for coffee, saying “No” just doesn’t seem like an option. After all, pumpkin is a vegetable, full of fiber and Vitamin A and it can be easy to imagine you’ve got a healthy snack in your hands if you’re not careful.
When I’m in need of a pumpkin-fix, I usually make my healthier version of a pumpkin shake (under 100 calories say what!?). Thanks (again) to Pinterest I got some great ideas of inspiration for this one last year. However, most recipes posted involved a lot of added sugar so I cut it out completely although depending on your taste buds you could add a little sweetness.
With portion sizes in mind, remember to enjoy those pumpkin treats you do eat because there’s nothing like them!
Pumpkin Protein Shake
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or original)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 scoop protein powder (45 Calories per scoop)
Pumpkin pie spice to taste
Combine ingredients in blender or protein shake bottle with mixer. That's it, enjoy!
Optional: Add honey, agave nectar, stevia or other product for sweetness. Also, for a more milkshake-like version, add a few ice cubes to blender.
Nutrition Facts: 85 Calories, 3g Fat, 6.5g Carbohydrate, 8g Protein, 3.5g Fiber, 227mg Sodium, 258mg Potassium
(Also, contains 105% of Daily Value Vitamin A)