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This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a delicious seasonal option. Packed with protein and warm, fall flavors, this smoothie is sure to get your day off to a great start! 

Pumpkin Nutrition

The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.

Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protect against heart disease. Beta-carotene offers protection against other diseases as well as some degenerative aspects of aging.

Pumpkin Nutrition Breakdown

(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)

Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

Source: University of Illinois

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkinsmoothie 

Aicacia Young, RD, LD 

Serves 1 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup canned or fresh pumpkin
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 of one frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional) 

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until banana is completely blended. Serve chilled.

 

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