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Pumpkin Patch Smoothie

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It’s time for another smoothie!  I know, I know, this Pumpkin Patch Smoothie doesn’t look anything like pumpkin now does it?!  Pumpkins are orange!  We all know that greens are a powerful nutrient to add into our diets but greens are also powerful in taking over the color of most of these smoothies.  I was excited to try pumpkin in a smoothie.  I had a pumpkin in hiding since December in which I made a Raw Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake.  I had 4 cups of pumpkin left over so I decided to incorporate  some of it in my morning smoothie.  Here’s the trick though…To make a raw pumpkin pie smoothie, cut into chunks and soak overnight in water with a tablespoon of lemon juice to help reduce the starchiness.  As with all fresh produce, the quality, the ripeness all play an important role in making raw recipes with them.  That being said, you may need to adjust the spices or sweetener quantities.   A person could use canned pumpkin if you can’t find pumpkins during certain times of the year.  If you do,  look for organic brands and READ the ingredient lists.  Many of them are packed full of sugars and other undesired ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin (8 3/4 oz) see below**
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 carrots (3 1/4 oz)
  • 1 frozen banana, ripe  (3 3/4 oz)
  • 2 Tbsp chia, soaked
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp NuStevia powder sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice, ground

**To make a raw pumpkin pie smoothie, use 2 cups of pie pumpkin cut into chunks. Soak overnight in water with a tablespoon of lemon juice to help reduce the starchiness.

Preparation:

  1. Blend water and spinach in your blender first.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. **I add a handful of ice to my smoothies too.**

Tip to always remember!

  • Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. BUT even with that, be sure to chew your smoothies.  The chewing process starts the release of the saliva in your mouth.  The mixture of saliva and your food is where digestion begins.  This is a very healthy habit to get into.  It may feel strange at first but soon it will become an automatic response.

After adding the spinach!

Nutritional Value:

  • Calories: 305
  • Fat: 5.9
  • Fiber: 17
  • Carbs: 63
  • Protein: 11

Round of applause for our star ingredient today…PUMPKIN!!

The health benefits of pumpkin include:

  • Pumpkin is low in fat and calories, yet high in a number of nutrients including: alpha and beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Pumpkin is an excellent source of dietary fiber. A one half cup serving contains five grams of fiber! (You can even use it as a laxative for your dog.) Fiber will help promote healthy digestion, decrease appetite, and control blood sugar.
  • The alpha and beta carotene in pumpkin promote healthy eyes and help to protect immune system function.
  • The vitamin C in pumpkin helps to boost the immune system, fight against heart disease, and help lower the blood pressure.
  • The vitamin E in pumpkin helps keep the skin healthy, wards away certain types of cancer, and may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Potassium will help with energy levels, keep your bones strong, and help control your blood pressure levels.
  • Magnesium will do many things in the body including keeping your bones strong, your immune system strong, and your heart functioning normally.
  • Pantothenic acid will help you manage stress and hormone levels.

 

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