Tired of peanut butter banana smoothies? Or maybe you just don't want to cook steel cut oats. No worries. I've built this heart-healthy vanilla pumpkin protein smoothie that's ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or after that hard core sprint workout.
Pumpkin is a squash you may have noshed on come Thanksgiving or had a taste of in a latte when you think nobody is looking, but did you know that it is super good for you? Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A to keep your skin and eyes healthy.
Pumpkin is also a storehouse for B vitamins, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. It also has this cool antioxidant, Zea-xanthin that protects your eyes from UV rays! What!?! Can I say Uh-May-ZING.
You can whip this smoothie up in a jiffy. You can also double the recipe and save it in the fridge in mason jars for go-to meals on hurried days.
12 oz water
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
¾ cup of pureed pumpkin, canned is okay
1 tbsp of chopped almonds
1 tbsp of ground flaxseed
½ cup of uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Ice as needed
60 g protein
13 g fat
45 g carbs
13 g fiber
**You can swap the water for soy or almond milk
**Try adding pumpkin pie spice to this smoothie for an extra kick
**Split this into smaller cups to make half-servings
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