Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

You've scooped out your pumpkin for the jack-o-lantern but why let all the goodness go to waste? This pumpkin spice smoothie is a comforting drink that is light and creamy. I know what you are thinking...it seems as though the past few months have been dominated by pumpkin spice everything...evidenced by the insanely popular pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. This flavour combination and its association with the fall season has become as significant as cozy sweaters and big scarves. The only difference is that this smoothie actually has real pumpkin in it as opposed to an artificial-tasting, chemical sh*t storm syrup, and it doesn't come with a whopping 12 teaspoons of added sugar. This healthy pumpkin spice smoothie seriously tastes like heaven and screams Fall and is doing a good thing for your body.  

Pumpkins do so much more than foster the spirit of Halloween. They foster good health too! Pumpkin is a great source of nutrients. It is rich in vitamin A, which is beneficial to the health of your eyes, lowering inflammation and boosting your immune system. Just 1/2 cup gives you almost 100 percent of your daily value of this vitamin. High in potassium and low in carbohydrates, it is rich in beta-carotene. Pumpkin also contains vitamins C and B6 and is a good source of iron, magnesium, and fiber as well.

Cinnamon is a great source of chromium, which helps to balance blood sugar levels. 

Nutmeg supports your liver and kidneys and is a wonderful detoxifying spice.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory and immune supportive properties. It helps our body eliminate toxins and potential offenders.

Instead of added refined sugars, it is sweetened with the natural flavours found in bananas and maple syrup.

Place all ingredients in your blender until smooth:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of ginger
Pinch of nutmeg

You can top it with whipped coconut cream or whipped vanilla almond milk for a little added sweetness. 

You can even throw this smoothie into a pot and heat it on the stove for a couple of minutes after blending it for a nice warm beverage.

Embrace the pumpkin-blending trend into your morning smoothie and give this one a try.