Protein Smoothie for Fall - Pumpkin Spice Latte
Even though it's still sunny and warm here in Palm Desert, the chill of Fall is in the air. This healthy protein smoothie warms you up on the inside even if you drink the iced version! It's delicately spiced, full of flavor and full of protein - it'll get you fired up and ready to face that back to school feeling, full of energy.
It's also way healthier to make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte, choosing all the ingredients yourself. Be warned that the spiced lattes you can buy in well-known coffee shops may contain hidden ingredients you might prefer not to put in your body . These include high fructose corn syrup, sugar, caramel coloring, preservatives, additives, stabilizers,pesticide residues, milk which comes from GMO-fed cows and potential allergens in the whipped cream, spice topping, and soy milk. (Hmmm, that's quite a list!)
So make your own!!
It only takes a few minutes and you can choose exactly what you include. Like Tim Ferriss recommends in his 4-Hour Body book, it's time to take back control of what we eat and drink - and form a better relationship with our own food and with our kitchens! This recipe is really simple - you only need a blender.
Brew your coffee as you normally would so your pot of coffee is ready to go.
In your blender (or Vitamix) combine:
- 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tsp of stevia
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of pumpkin spice or allspice
- 1/2 a cup of Ice
- 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla or plain flavored protein powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- a few fresh dates
This can be a frozen protein shake or if you like the coffee version with an extra boost of caffeine, you can pour your already brewed coffee into a cup of your pumpkin yumminess and slowly stir.
I've played around with the basic recipe a little - for instance, adding a specific "pumpkin spice" that I found at the savory spice store down the street from our Lotus Flow Movement studio! and I like to add some local dates because they are very sweet and full of fall flavors. Let us know in the comments below what extra flavors you like to add.