Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Homemade Drinks

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Homemade Drinks

by Kinya - GlamLife MD September 11, 2018 This post contains affliate links

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Homemade Drinks

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is one of the best pumpkin Homemade drinks. Try more of pumpkin dinner, pumpkin lunch, and pumpkin breakfast recipes at our website.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend
  • 16 ounces nonfat milk
  • 6 ounces ice
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients in the pitcher of your blender and puree until all ingredients are combined and flaxseeds are ground. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Ingredients can be added to pitcher the evening before, refrigerated, then blended in the morning. Nutritionals calculated using unsweetened soy milk and 2% Greek yogurt.

NUTRITION FACTS

  • 180 Calories (kcal)
  • 7 Fat (g)
  • 1.5 Saturated Fat (g)
  • 21 Carbohydrates (g)
  • 4 Fiber (g)
  • 12 Sugar (g)
  • 10 Protein (g)
  • 5 Cholesterol (mg)
  • 75 Sodium (mg)

Notes
Have you ever known that pumpkins can be used as smoothies? Yes. Pumpkins are becoming common in different meals. That aside, this smoothie is packed with nutrients that are very essential.

It contains your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which sharpens the vision, especially in dim light, as per National Institutes of Health. They are also packed with carotenoids, the elements that give their bright orange color, as well as beta-carotene, which is converted by the body into a kind of vitamin A.


Generally, pumpkin is an overlooked source of fiber. One cup of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories, which can keep you feeling full for long periods of time on fewer calories. A diet that is rich in fiber enables people to eat less, and thus shed pounds.

This smootgie has ample amounts of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, all of which are known to support cardiovascular health. Consuming the right amounts of potassium is just as essential as minimizing your sodium intake for the treatment of hypertension. Increased intake of potassium can also reduce the risk of stroke, preservation of bone mineral density, protection against loss of muscle mass, and a decrease in the formation of kidney stones.


Additionally, this breakfast is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is responsible for post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness. Tryptophan also contributes to helping the body produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that assists you in relaxing and winding down. In addition to promoting better sleep, the serotonin will enhance your mood.


Research carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition shows a positive relationship between a beta-carotene- rich diet and a reduction in the risk of developing a prostate cancer. Beta-carotene has an inverse relation with the development of colon cancer in Japanese people. Furthermore, the plant sterols present in pumpkin can help combat certain types of cancers.

This smoothie has shown to lower blood glucose levels, thus improving glucose tolerance and increasing the amount of insulin produced by the body. More research is needed before we can say how exactly it can be beneficial for people with diabetes.

 

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