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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:

**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!

After adding the spinach!

Nutritional Value:

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

The health benefits of pumpkin include:

 

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