I'm a breakfast smoothie addict. I love them dairy-less, chock full of fruit, sweet without any added sugars and dashed with some hemp protein powder if I have it on hand. I love the fuel my liquid power breakfast provides for juggling my yoga studio and practice.
But with chilly fall temps making way into winter, my body isn't craving the typically cool shakes I swore by in summer. Everything in me is craving warm, mushy, sticky and oily foods -- the qualities of healthful foods often recommended in Ayurveda to help regulate vata, the elemental constitution that can easily be thrown off check during colder months.
I was stoked to find a smoothie on FitSugar that could both re-charge my body batteries and be in-season. Behold the Pumpkin Spice Smoothie! The actual recipe is a bit more elaborate but I prefer to save time, money and waste using what I have on hand and only buying what is required. I left out the protein powder, pumpkin pie spice and ground ginger knowing they wouldn't get much multi-use use in my kitchen and only stocked up on organic canned pumpkin. Since I love vanilla and sweeter smoothies, I added organic pure vanilla extract and an extra half of a banana. (Smoothie newbies take note: more banana = sweeter smoothie.)
The recipe also calls for frozen banana but I've been adding them in fresh. It's less energy wasted in the freezer and much more in line with satisfying my warm, mushy seasonal food needs.
Here's my modified recipe but feel free to play mad scientist in the kitchen, to create the one that's right for you and your body. That's the fun part!
|1/2 cup||pumpkin (organic canned or freshly cooked)|
|3/4 cup||organic low-sugar almond milk (room temperature)|
|1/4 tsp||organic pure vanilla extract|
- Pour in the almond milk first, then add all the ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy the deliciousness.
- It's like liquid pumpkin pie without all the fat-- and loaded with antioxidant beta-carotene and vitamin A which promotes healthy eyes, skin and more!