Pumpkin Smoothies

Unique Flavors

The taste of a pumpkin smoothie has been compared to the taste of pumpkin pie – creamy, rich and delicious – but without the calories and fat grams in pumpkin pie.

Using Pumpkin in your Smoothies
Pumpkin is frequently forgotten as a healthy fruit rich in antioxidant carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin that eliminate free radicals. These carotenoids also inhibit the formation of cataracts and decrease the risk of macular degeneration, a disease more common in seniors that sometimes results in blindness.

Drinking a pumpkin smoothie also nourishes your body with iron, fiber and zinc – important nutrients that benefit your blood cells, bones and digestive health. When gutting a pumpkin for the meat, keep the seeds. Rich in protein, copper, magnesium and phosphorous, seeds also contain phytosterols – fatty acids similar to our own cholesterol. By replacing our “bad” cholesterol with this “good” cholesterol, pumpkin seeds reduce the risk of clogged arteries, keep tissues hydrated and enhance immune system functioning.

Tips for Choosing a Fresh Pumpkin
Use meat from bigger pumpkins in smoothies, as their tougher meat keeps the texture smooth yet firm. Reserve small pumpkins, called “baking pumpkins,” for pies, muffins, cookies and other baked treats.

Look for pumpkins of a lighter orange color for your smoothie; small, dark pumpkins sometimes contain small brown speckles, another sign the pumpkin is mort suitable for baking.

Since it doesn’t take a long time to thaw, pumpkin meat can be stored in the freezer for easy use. Scrape the pumpkin and divide the meat into freezer bags – filling each with enough for one drink; when you are ready to make a smoothie, take a bag out one or two hours ahead of time.

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of pumpkin
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 to 10 ice cubes
Add coconut milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla and ice cubes in your blender. Blend until smooth.

 

Pumpkin Smoothie Treat
1 banana broke in pieces
3/4 Cup pumpkin
1-1/2 Cups of orange juice
1/2 Cup vanilla soy milk, coconut milk or milk
1/2 Cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey, brown sugar or stevia
Add banana, pumpkin, orange juice, milk, yogurt and honey to blender. Blend until smooth.

 

Pumpkin Vanilla Nut Smoothie
1/2 Cup coconut milk
1 -1/4 Cup pumpkin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ginger, nutmeg and ground cloves
2 teaspoons of vanilla
8-10 ice cubes
Add milk, pumpkin and spices to blender. Add vanilla and ice cubes and blend until smooth. Serve.

 

Pumpkin Healthy Smoothie Snack
Especially when the weather is nice, a pumpkin smoothie also makes a healthy, after school snack for kids who just want to eat and run outside.
1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
1/2 cup of low-fat soy milk or plain milk
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
1/2 cup of cold water
2 teaspoons brown sugar
6-8 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients into a blender. Once smooth, add ice and blend until ice is crushed.
Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
1 tablespoon milk
½ cup pumpkin
½ cup sliced bananas
½ Tablespoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup-1 cup low fat vanilla ice cream or vanilla frozen yogurt
Add all your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

A pumpkin smoothie can be served cold, warm or at room temperature. Served warm during the winter season, a smoothie makes a nice, relaxing evening snack or energizing, warming breakfast.

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