Fall is officially here in Virginia. The nights are in the low 40’s and Trader Joes is stocked with all things pumpkin. I don’t usually like the taste of most pumpkin flavored products. They all taste artificial and not much like pumpkin if you ask me. I remember trying the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks a few years ago. It was so disappointing, I ended up taking two sips and dumping it in the trash before I left the store. Now Starbucks is being slammed with criticism for using caramel coloring and other artificial ingredients.
So maybe pumpkin packaged goods are icky, but you can still celebrate fall by making delicious and healthy homemade recipes with fall squash. Pumpkin is a super food. So why not add it to everything?
- Lots of dietary fiber
- Low calorie count
- Antioxidants to improve skin and sight
- Vitamins A& B
- Minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus
Recently I have been on a quest to improve my gut health. Going dairy, grain, soy and legume free has made breakfast a challenge. I have had to get creative to find things that keep me full when I don’t have time for eggs and veggies in the morning. So let me present you with my Gut Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp organic honey
- splash of unsweetened coconut milk (or as much as needed)
- few dashes of cinnamon
- 1 dash of nutmeg
- 1 dash of ground cloves
Simply add all your ingredients together, blend and enjoy at home or on the road! Happy fall y’all 🙂