Autumn is officially here and in full swing! That means crisper weather, falling leaves, and changing colors. But let’s face it, what it really means is pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING! And while fall is a great time to enjoy warm, hearty foods, it’s also a time when we tend to falter from our health and nutrition goals. Want to enjoy a pumpkin-flavored treat that actually provides all the benefits that pumpkin has to offer? Want to skip all the extra sugar and artificial flavors? The smoothie recipe below is not only absent unnecessary calories, it’s also loaded with nutritious ingredients as well as probiotic AND prebiotic-rich foods!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. 6oz Kefir
    Probiotic-rich cultured kefir helps to increase bacterial diversity and combat leaky gut. Kefir is also shown to boost immunity and improve allergies, two major benefits as the autumn season approaches.
  2. ½ Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
    Pumpkins are loaded with fiber and vitamins, particularly iron, vitamin E, and vitamin A, helping to boost immunity.
  3. 1 Whole Banana
    Under-ripe bananas not only provide a rich supply of prebiotics (helping to promote good bacteria growth), they also provide a good source of fiber. And although under-ripe bananas may not sound appetizing on their own, adding them to a smoothie is a great way to receive the prebiotic benefits without suffering through the bitter taste.
  4. ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
    Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies have also been done showing anti-carcinogenic effects.
  5. ¼ teaspoon Cardamom
    Cardamom is great for a slew of digestive-related issues, including heartburn. It’s also a great way to spice up any smoothie without resorting to artificial flavors.
  6. ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
    Pumpkin spice, in addition to giving many recipes that great flavor of AUTUMN that we have all come to know and love, has many health benefits! Comprised of varying spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, pumpkin spice is packed full of minerals like potassium and zinc. It can help control blood sugar and digestive issues.
  7. ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    Vanilla extract isn’t just good for flavoring foods. It also contains antioxidants that can protect your body from toxins found in the environment.
  8. 2 Cups Ice
  9. Whipped cream and cinnamon to garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Start by adding the kefir, puree, and banana to a blender.
  2. Next, add the spices and vanilla extract in any order.
  3. Finish by adding up to two cups of ice. Whether you want to add more ice will depend on how you like the consistency of your smoothie. Blend with ½ cup. Test it out and add in more as needed.
  4. Finish by topping off with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  5. Enjoy!

By Carly Rugani, Team RESTORE