Friday, November 8, 2013

'Tis the season for pumpkin dessert smoothies

I love experimenting with my culinary creations. Now that Thanksgiving is around the corner and pumpkin everything is popping up all over the place, I went ahead and bought a can of organic pumpkin, not sure of exactly how I wanted to use it but knowing I was craving that seasonal taste. Tonight, I developed a very simple, yummy dessert smoothie that is also healthy, as pumpkin is a nutrient dense food. Also, I think it would be a great option for parents who want to sneak some nutrients into their child's treats. In which case, why not call it a pumpkin milkshake? Try it out, and let me know what you think!

Add to a blender:

1.  3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
2.  1/4 cup of vanilla soy ice cream
3.  3/4 packet stevia (Please only use stevia or a natural sweetener. Artificial sweeteners are very dangerous to consume.)
4.  Original almond milk
5.  Two ice cubes
6.  Blend and enjoy!

Health benefits: This smoothie is a delicious treat, while also vegan and full of nutrients. Almond milk is high in calcium, nondairy, and vitamin-rich. And what about pumpkin? It's a total superfood! 3/4 a cup of canned pumpkin contains only 60 calories, less than 1g of fat, 15g of carbohydrate, and 5.25g of fiber. Fiber is a nice bonus, as traditional desserts are not usually high in fiber. It also provides 570 percent of the daily value of Vitamin A, along with a decent dose of vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium. But, let me repeat that: 3/4 a cup of pumpkin contains 570 percent of the daily value of Vitamin A! Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant, infection fighter, and immunity booster. It also fights against cancer and heart disease, helps your eyes in multiple ways, is great for your skin, and helps your body build proteins. Basically, it is awesome. If you aren't sold, check out this fun and informative video about pumpkins!

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