When you’re looking to lose weight, smoothies can be a quick and delicious way to enjoy your nutrients and see results. Many people struggle with preparing a nutritious breakfast, lunch, or snack, especially when they will be out and about, and skipping meals is not only an unhealthy weight loss option, but can also cause your body to not only retain, but even gain weight. Try out some new recipes to help you stay full and drop pounds.
The Perfect Fall Drink: Pumpkin Smoothie
With a high fiber content and low calorie count, pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse. It has twice the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and high levels of beta-carotene and other antioxidants. When you blend the squash with coconut milk for some additional heart-healthy fats, you’ve got the perfect fall smoothie.
In a blender, combine:
- ¾ cup of cooked pumpkin
- ½ banana
- ⅓ cup coconut milk
- ⅔ cup of ice
- 2 tsp molasses
- 2 tsp of whey protein
For a dairy-free alternative, consider a vegan protein. Many people are familiar with soy protein and whey protein, but neither are the best option. Soy is one of the most popular genetically modified crops, and whey is a dairy derivative. Try one of these protein sources for an extra boost to round out your smoothie and make it a true meal replacement.
- Brown rice protein
- Pea protein
- Cranberry protein
- Hemp protein
- Peanut protein
- Artichoke protein
- Pumpkin seed and sunflower seed protein
If you want to make sure your protein powder is completely clean and vegan, while customizing the flavors to enhance your pumpkin smoothie, you can also make your own protein powder, which gives you a base of ingredients and then adds in amino acids and flavors to create a well-balanced powder.
Add in some pumpkin pie spice, or your own mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and even ground pepper for a fall kick. Blend everything on high-speed until creamy.
This thick shake is reminiscent of a classic milkshake — but without the bad-for-you ingredients and sugar levels. It’s rich pumpkin flavor lets you have your pie and drink it, too, giving you the taste of fall all year long. While helping you reach your weight loss goals.