I’m one of those pumpkin fanatics that stocks up on the canned kind when it appears on supermarket shelves. I use pumpkin year-round in a variety of ways, like in this waffle recipe from The Meal Makeover Moms. I love the taste of pumpkin, but I also love the nutrition it offers. This Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is a better-for-you option that’s delicious and nutritious.
I know, I know. Whipped cream? Yup. The whipped topping doesn’t detract from the half-cup serving of vegetables, and the 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber you’re sipping. Plus, the entire smoothie has fewer than 200 calories! Enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
¾ cup 1% low-fat milk
½ cup plain canned pumpkin
3 teaspoons brown sugar (or less, or other sweetener or your choice)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch each: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg
2 ice cubes
4 tablespoons instant whipped cream (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into 12-ounce glass and drink immediately. Garnish with crushed nutmeg, if desired.
Per serving (with whipped cream):
4 grams fat
89 milligrams sodium
28 grams carbohydrate
4 grams fiber
8 grams protein
260 milligrams calcium