How often do you skip breakfast because you don’t have time to make something? We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet it can be hard to find the time to get something yummy and nutritious when we are trying to quickly head out the door to work or to school. Are you guilty of this? I am on occasion.
One thing that I find really helpful, however, is having smoothies. Smoothies are super simple to make, they are generally pretty healthy, they are easy to drink on the go, and they are incredibly versatile. No matter what foods you have on hand, you probably have some combination you can turn into a quick and yummy smoothie.
One smoothie recipe I LOVE for this time of year is this yummy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe. It’s full of yummy–and healthy!–ingredients like pumpkin puree, pecans, banana, almond milk and vanilla, and it tastes amazing. I don’t generally think of breakfast when I think of pumpkin recipes, but this recipe definitely changes my opinion. I love waking up to such a delicious and good-for-you smoothie. My kids even like it too.
If you are carving jack-o-lanterns this year, don’t throw the insides away. Separate all the seeds out and use the left-over pumpkin in a smoothie! This is a great way to save money, reduce waste and get a new vegetable in your diet that you probably don’t eat all that often. Or just use the pumpkin puree you can find in a can at the store. That works too. :)
Even if you aren’t huge on smoothies, you have to make this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie at least once. Have it for breakfast, or make it as a yummy late night snack. Either way, you are sure to love it!
- 1¼ cup Pumpkin Puree
- ¼ cup Pecans
- 1 large frozen Banana
- 1 cup Almond, Soy or Coconut Milk
- 1 tbsp Agave
- 1 cup Ice
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- 1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Place pecans in blender and run util they are ground up.
- Add remaining ingredients in blender and blend until mixture is smooth.
- You can optionally top with coconut flake, pecans and pumpkin spice.