Professionals from Functional Medicine Los Angeles consider smoothies as a great option when you want a quick breakfast, something you can take on the go, or an easy way to put together fruits, veggies, and other superfoods without cooking. In the fall, there are many ways to incorporate seasonal produce in your smoothies, including some fresh pumpkins. Try out one of these healthy and delicious pumpkin smoothies.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
This first pumpkin smoothie option is one that caters to those who really want a breakfast smoothie that tastes just like a pumpkin pie. You can also have this smoothie as a healthy alternative when others have fattening pumpkin pie for dessert, but you want to eat something a little more nutritious. To start this smoothie, you should have one frozen banana so that you don’t need added ice, along with pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin, Greek yogurt, and some milk. You can choose regular milk, almond milk, or even cashew milk. To make it taste like pumpkin pie, experts from Functional Medicine Burbank recommend adding some pumpkin pie spice, a little extra cinnamon and nutmeg, and some pure maple syrup. Blend it all together and enjoy.
Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
This next smoothie is very similar to your traditional pumpkin pie smoothie, but it adds some extra ingredients to help increase your protein. You can go ahead and start with the same ingredients as the previous smoothie, including your banana, milk, yogurt, pumpkin, and spices. The difference here is you want to change up how you get your protein. Milk and bananas are good for protein, but you can go one step further by adding a scoop of vanilla protein powder. You might even be able to find pumpkin spice protein powder this time of year. Add that as well and it turns into a protein smoothie.
Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie
If you are a vegan or simply want a dairy-free option, it is really easy to do. All you really need to do is get rid of the regular milk and yogurt and go for dairy-free alternatives. Replace your milk with almond milk or coconut milk to start with. Instead of the regular Greek yogurt, you can either use a type of vegan yogurt or add in another banana or two to get the same consistency. The rest of the pumpkin smoothie ingredients can be the same as the previous two options. A specialist from Functional Medicine Studio City believes this is an effortless way to make it vegan.
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