During the crisp autumn months, pumpkins pop up everywhere -- on our porches, in shop windows, and at the local farmers market. This healthy pumpkin smoothie is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, but without the fat and calories. This thick and creamy smoothie makes a delicious and filling liquid breakfast or an energy-boosting 'snack.'
Pumpkins are packed with nutrition as one cup of pumpkin delivers 3 grams of fiber, a nutrient which may help you consume fewer overall calories. Pumpkins' orange color is a big hint that they're loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is one of the plant carotenoids converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy, glowing skin, strong eyesight, and our immune system.
In addition, potassium is an essential mineral we need to keep our hearts and muscles working at their optimal levels. One cup of pumpkin delivers around 550 mg of potassium, making it one of the highest sources amongst fruits and vegetables. Learn more about the surprising health benefits of pumpkin via HuffingtonPost and try this low calorie smoothie recipe below!
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana
- 3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Puree until smooth, making sure the ice is completely crushed.
- Serve and enjoy!