It’s that time of year again – crisp days, cold nights, vibrant colors on the trees and the smell of autumn in the air. Oh, and let’s not forget about the Fall foods: apples, cider donuts and pumpkin everything! What better time to start your morning with a low-sugar/no sugar added pumpkin spice smoothie?!
Because I eat so low sugar I get my kicks on the savory side of food and am partial to a super spiced smoothie with ginger being my favorite smoothie spice. Ginger is not only delicious but is a great anti-inflammatory food and can often help settle an upset stomach. I always grate fresh ginger directly into my blender using a rasp. You can find a rasp at almost any food store these days and it makes adding ginger to your recipes a cinch! If you are not partial to ginger, then reduce the amount or leave it out completely.
Low-sugar/no added sugar PUMPKIN SPICE smoothie
1C unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 scoop of SunWarrior Natural protein powder (or if you tolerate Stevia then you can sub with SunWarrior Vanilla)
1 large scoop of roasted squash (or canned pumpkin)
Small handful of pecan halves
1 dash of vanilla extract (leave this out if you use the Vanilla protein powder)
½ - 1-ich piece of fresh ginger, grated or a few dashes of powdered ginger
½ tsp of cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, ground cloves (easy with these - they can be bitter and you can always taste the smoothie as you go and add more later if needed)
Small handful of ice
Blend in a high-powered blender (VITAMIX or Blendtec)
Drink and Enjoy!!
TIP: when cooking with spices I always smell the spice before I add it ..some days I’m just not feeling certain spices and this is a good way to keep myself from ruining a meal or smoothie.