04 December, 2010

I Love Pumpkin Cranberry Smoothies

My current favorite blender recipe combines two familiar tastes of the holidays, cranberries and pumpkin.

Smoothies are so easy because the blender does all the work.  Not just in preparation but also in the absorption.  Your body can easily digest and use all the good stuff.  Add protein to your smoothie for the perfect post-workout meal.  The combination of carbohydrates and protein provides all the necessary nutrients to repair and build muscle.

Gather your ingredients: baby spinach, canned pumpkin, unsweetened almond milk, Stevia, cinnamon, frozen cranberries, blueberries, and pineapples.  I like to add a few pieces of ice and a scoop of vanilla vegan protein.

In your blender layer 1-2 handfuls of washed baby spinach, 1/3 cup each of frozen cranberries, blueberries, & pineapple.
Measure 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin puree, 1/2-1 tsp good cinnamon, & Stevia to sweeten, usually 2 packets.  Honey would be a beautiful replacement for the Stevia.
Add protein powder, a few pieces of ice, and blend until smooth.  You may have to add a few tablespoons of water to reach a drinkable consistency.  Enjoy!

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