Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie



When you find yourself craving something delightfully reminiscent of pumpkin pie
(but looking for a nourishing treat instead of a sugar crash)...this one is for you. 

Or, perhaps you live in Los Angeles and it's 85 degrees on October 1st and the thought of baking sounds like a real-life nightmare. This one is also for you. Chilled, smooth, and riddled with Vitamin A for those gorgeous eyeballs, Vitamin C to boost immunity, fiber for controlled blood sugars, protein and only natural sweeteners.


(Note: I have adjusted this recipe to my personal preference in consistency and taste, you can play with the spices and yogurt ratio. For a vegan option, coconut yogurt or more plant-based milk may be used with extra ice!)

8oz (1/2 can) organic pumpkin puree
3oz 0% greek yogurt
1 frozen banana
4 to 8oz plant based milk of choice (almond or hemp are wonderful, to desired consistency)
big handful of ice
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpin pie spice
1/4 tsp (1/2 packet) organic stevia -OR- 1TBSP organic maple syrup/raw manuka honey
pinch nutmeg, few drops of organic vanilla extract/scraped fresh vanilla bean
*pictured: sprinkled with chia seeds (optional)

1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth.
2. Drink immediately. 

At this point, you might be upset with how loosey-goosey these measurements are. Well my friend, that's because I believe in making food to your liking. I always tell my clients: use more of what you like, less of what you don't. It's how we begin to grow our relationship with food. Learn what tickles your fancy and incorporate it into your dishes! The more you love it, the more you will enjoy it, and the more you enjoy it, the more likely you are to continue on your path of wellness by giving your body when it yearn for- real, good food. 

Now grab a straw and enjoy!