Friday, February 11, 2011

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

This recipe combines bananas and pumpkin. It’s delicious and is a nice change from berry smoothies. However, since it is high in carbs due to the banana, enjoy it on an occasional basis as a post-workout snack. Have a small serving of some chicken or other protein along with the smoothie. This will help your body repair muscle and glycogen after exercise.

Equipment: blender
Servings: 3 – Share with friends!

¾ cup canned 100% pumpkin1 ripe banana
1 ripe pear
¼ cup of canned coconut milk
¾ cup of almond milk (Almond Breeze) or coconut milk (So Delicious)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of cloves
Several ice cubes

Dash of maple or agave syrup (optional)
Peel pear and cut up in pieces. Add to blender along with remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth. Add a spoonful of agave or maple syrup if you need additional sweetness. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with a little more nutmeg.

Pumpkin is low in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. It is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and anti-oxidants. Even though it ranks high on the glycemic index, it has a low carbohydrate count resulting in a lower effect on blood sugar and less of a sugar “spike” than would be expected. Stock up on some pure canned pumpkin to have on hand for making smoothies, pancakes, and muffins. 

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