Pumpkin Protein Shake Under 100 Calories

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 Serving

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)

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