Fall is here and that means cooler weather and, with it, those familiar comfort food cravings. Feed your body the nourishment and comfort it craves at this time of year with a fall VegEssential smoothie.
You don't have to give up the convenience of a nutrition-packed smoothie just because some of the showier fruit is out of season.
A seasonal fall smoothie is the perfect answer to those rushed mornings as well as those exhausted afternoons when you need a pick-me-up before you can even think of facing the busy evening ahead.
This low-fat Pumpkin Smoothie recipe, adapted from one in About.com's healthy cooking collection, tastes like a pumpkin pie in a cup - minus the calories and fat!
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana, frozen
- 3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 1 scoop VegEssential, vanilla
Puree all ingredients until they are smooth and the ice is completely crushed. This smoothie serves two.
A Cranberry Pear Smoothie highlights the flavours of fall while giving us a little extra boost of the vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants we need to keep us healthy through the upcoming cold and flu season.
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 pear
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or other milk of choice
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1 scoop VegEssential, either berry or vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla, optional
Whirl in blender until smooth. If it isn't thick enough, add 1 or 2 ice cubes.
And finally, this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie adapted from greenblenderwill indulge those cold weather cookie cravings in a healthy, guilt-free way.
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tbsp. raisins
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp almonds
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 scoop VegEssential, chocolate or vanilla
Give it a whirl until smooth and then enjoy the taste of a whole pile of cookies - but without the calories! Every scoop of VegEssential powder provides more protein than 4 eggs, more fibre than a bowl of oatmeal, and 6-8 servings of vegetables. Adding a scoop to a smoothie - good nutrition just doesn't get any quicker or easier than that! Contact us for more information on how VegEssential can help you "Live Younger" and keep you feeling your healthy best this fall and winter.
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