I cannot get enough of pumpkin these days! Maybe I am trying to create my own fall season here in Singapore, since it is 27 degrees here all year long. Just bare with me on my phase!I normally do not drink shakes, smoothies, or anything of the sort, but this healthy pumpkin shake recipe may just change that. I found this recipe on healthygreenkitchen.com, a website where you can find healthy recipes, tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and learn how to live a life which supports the environment. Be sure to check out the website, it’s great!
This shake was so great, after one sip I didn’t even realize I was saying, “Ummmmmm” to myself because I was experiencing pumpkin bliss. For this recipe, I used homemade pumpkin puree, so the texture of my shake was thinner than it would be if made with canned pumpkin. In other words, the shake was not as thick as a classic milkshake, but it was thicker than milk and poured out of the blender with ease.The pumpkin and banana complimented each other, the way peanut butter and jam do; the pumpkin supplied the main taste of the shake while the banana created a faint supporting flavour. The honey and nutmeg gave this shake the extra sweet aftertaste, like the way a dollop of whip cream does for a slice of pumpkin pie. However, this shake is a lot healthier than that piece of pumpkin pie I’ve got you thinking about now!My MEH (Meat Eating Husband) added 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder (he cannot fathom the thought of ever having vanilla protein). The chocolate flavour completely overtook the taste of pumpkin, but if you don’t like the taste of pumpkin and still want the vast nutrients it has to offer, this is the way to go!It’s about balance . . .
Not everyone has time in the morning to make an omelet. But most people can throw a few ingredients into a blender and push a button. When making a smoothie, make sure you include a source of protein. This will keep you feeling fuller for longer periods of time and give your body’s immune system a boost to get the day started. Protein also supports the body in repairing and building muscle tissues, so don’t forget to include eggs, peanut butter, yogurt, or milk to your shakes and smoothies.
Ten ingredients to add to your shakes and smoothies:
- A dark green vegetable like Spinach of Kale
- Low fat milk: To help meet your daily calcium needs.
- An orange coloured fruit or vegetable like Pumpkin, carrot, oranges, mango, peaches
- Eggs, peanut butter, or whey protein: To keep you fuller for longer periods of time.
- Frozen bananas, berries, or mangoes: They taste amazing and are guilt free.
- Agave Nectar or honey: If you need your shake to be a little bit sweeter!
- Ground Flax: To get your Omega 3’s!
- Spices like nutmeg and cinnamon: For an extra smack of flavour!
- Greek or plain yogurt: Nutritious and adds a thicker texture to your shake.
- Ice: To keep you hydrated.
Overall Recipe Rating: 3.5/5 Kiwis
What ingredients do you put in your smoothies and shakes?!