Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

I love starting my day with a protein shake for an instant dose of energy and nutrients, but lately my repertoire has been feeling a little stale. My faithful chocolate protein powder-banana-peanut butter-almond milk combo is getting tired. I needed to shake things up a bit, so imagine my delight when the inspiration struck to create a recipe that combines the health benefits of a protein shake with the flavors of everyone’s favorite seasonal coffee drink!

The thing I love most about this Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie is that it contains 50 fewer calories than a tall pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks while packing in far more health benefits. This delicious beverage is not only high in protein, but also a good source of potassium, fiber and omega 3’s. And those warming spices are not just there to enhance flavor- cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh ginger are known to boost immunity, aid in digestion, prevent inflammation and reduce fatigue and stress. So drink up!

makes 1 smoothie
1/2 cup sliced frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
2. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and additional ground cinnamon (optional).

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