Friday is the official first day of autumn, marked by the September Equinox. I’m a big fan of planetary movements, but an even bigger fan of our little globular friend, the pumpkin. Nothing says fall like pumpkin.
In addition to being lovely porch decoration, pumpkins are also an incredibly versatile ingredient in the kitchen. It’s eaten savory and sweet, roasted, sauteed and boiled, in breads, pies, soups, stuffings, and the rest.
What makes pumpkin even better is that it has zero saturated fat and cholesterol and is “a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese” among a long list of other nutrients, including Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin B6, Iron, and Magnesium.
In the next couple months, our farmer’s market stands and grocery store shelves will be brimming with pumpkin. If you happen to have some on hand, why not whip up a delicious, satisfying pumpkin beverage for yourself, like a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie? Autumn will be over before you know it — enjoy it while you can!
2 cups milk or non-dairy alternative, such as soy milk
2 tablespoons canned or fresh pureed pumpkin (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons Truvia or sweetener of choice
1 scoop (about 2.5 Tbs) Vanilla Nutrimeal
1 tsp Fibergy Plus
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 shots of espresso (about 1/4 cup) or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee
Directions: In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sweetener and stir on medium heat until steaming (you can also microwave on high for 2 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in Nutrimeal, Fibergy, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, then transfer to a blender and whirl for 15 seconds until foamy, then stir in espresso. If you don’t have a blender, whisk thoroughly with a wire whisk.
Optional: Top with light whipped cream if you’re feeling decadent and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over the top.
1-1/4 cup cold water
3 Scoops Vanilla Nutrimeal
2 tsp Fibergy Plus
1/2 cup canned or fresh pureed pumpkin (unsweetened)
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup ice
(Optional) 2 tsp of Truvia or sweetener of choice
Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and whirl until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately.
Fellow pumpkin fans, do you have any tasty, healthy pumpkin recipes you’d like to share?
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Photo credit (pumpkins): superde1uxe