Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
Dearest Fall Fanatics,
Dropping by your screen today to wish you a happy FOURTH day of Fall. I hope you’re having the most splendid time so far and are effectively managing your “Fall Freakout” (…you know, when you get SO excited about the season change that you sometimes just can’t handle it? Yeah, that).
In case you’re looking for yet another reason to praise fall for it’s greatness (I know I am), I’ve crafted this recipe just for you. Not only is it simple to make and take for an on-the-go breakfast or snack, but it’s also PACKED with delicious flavors and nutrients.
Speaking of nutrients, let’s cover the nutritional highlights of this recipe before I tell you how to get this goodness in your mouth.
As you may well know if you’ve spent any time at all hanging around this website, I don’t preach calorie or macro tracking (of course, these tools have their place for some individuals, but that’s not my nutrition focus).
HOWEVER, my little dietitian self can’t help but get excited when I craft something so delicious using a variety of ingredients that are high in protein (& fiber & some healthy fats…but let’s focus on protein for now). Each of these smoothies offer approximately 30 grams of protein!
Not only is protein necessary for muscle and tissue growth + repair, but it also plays an important role in helping to keep you SATISFIED! Foods containing protein and fiber take longer to empty from the stomach into the intestines than things like simple carbohydrates alone.
What does this mean? It will help keep you fuller for longer & manage a more moderate response in your blood sugar levels after eating.
There are SO many reasons to get excited about pumpkin–and no, it’s not just because they’re awesome-looking and fun to carve. Pumpkins are unique, orange powerhouse fruits (yeah, *technically* they’re fruits because of the way they grow) that offer a host of different nutrients your body loves:
- Their orange flesh is high in beta-carotene. This is a carotenoid pigment found in orange, red, and yellow-colored fruits & veggies that your body uses to manufacture Vitamin A once ingested. Vitamin A is important for eye, skin, and reproductive health (to name a few).
- Pumpkins are high in Vitamin C–a vitamin important for boosting your immunity that sometimes gets squashed (pun intended) during a busy season change.
- They are also high in potassium, which can be an important nutrient for heart health and lowering blood pressure.
- Fiber! Can’t forget about that. Regularity, gut health, satiety…what’s not to love?
For this recipe, it is easiest to use canned, pureed pumpkin. However, if you’re planning to carve one this season, save the seeds to roast! These little guys are packed with healthy fats, fiber, magnesium (important for nerve, muscle, and heart function), and zinc (important for strong immunity…along with Vitamin C)!
**Shopping note: When purchasing canned pumpkin, be sure to look for 100% pure pumpkin–not “pumpkin pie filling” (unless you are, in fact, making a pie). This may go without saying, but the pie filling is much sweeter & is not intended for use in a recipe like this!
If you make this recipe, I’d love to see how it turns out for you! You can send them here, DM them to me on Instagram (@clairechewning), and/or tag your photo #yourschewly.
Bone apple teeth, my friends!
P.S. Because the caption from Instagram was so well received, I’ll share it with you here–in case you want to use this smoothie to woo your lover this fall. Date-finding-Dietitian, reporting for duty!….
“Hey boy [or girl], the only thing I’m falling for this szn is YOU—& I ain’t even a little spooked about it. I’ve spent all my years witching I’d find someone like you. Tbh, I don’t think I’ll ever find someone beta [carotene] to spend the rest of my life with. So what do ya say, pumpkin? Carve out some time & if things go well, I’ll never leaf your side (but I’ll probably spend the rest of my life talking about how much I love fall so just be prepared). 🍁😜