Switch out that high-fat pumpkin latte for this healthy Pumpkin Smoothie. At about 50 calories per serving, this creamy smoothie is full of fabulous fall flavors and just 1 gram of fat.
Who doesn’t love the classic fall flavor of pumpkin spice? The problem with most pumpkin spice flavored foods is that they’re full of sugar and artificial flavorings and are usually devoid of much nutrition. When you make this smoothie using real pumpkin and real spices you can be sure that you’re not only getting the flavor you’re after, but also the associated health benefits of these natural ingredients. Pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and is full of fiber and antioxidants. For this recipe, be sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Cinnamon has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects due to its antioxidant content, and has been shown to play a role in regulating blood sugar. Utilizing unsweetened almond milk helps to keep calories low, as it contains about 30 calories per 8 oz. serving whereas skim milk contains 80 calories. Whip these up to enjoy guilt-free sipping all season long!
Theresa Jackson RD, CSOWM, CDN
- 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin purée
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon plus additional for garnish
- Crumbled graham crackers for garnish
In a freezer-safe container, freeze pumpkin puree for up to 4 hours or overnight.
In a blender, combine the milk, yogurt, frozen pumpkin puree, maple syrup and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Serve immediately topped with additional cinnamon and graham crackers, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content
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