Pumpkin Spice Proteini Shake

With October fast approaching, we’ve mixed together the perfect Holiday drink to kick off the season! One leaf falls to the ground and we begin rummaging through our closet preparing our sweaters and cute scarves for Autumn- dusting off the decor from last year, and buying up all the cinnamon scented candles one can find. This is the reality for many, die-hard Autumn folks who are already waiting in line for the signature Autumn indicator- pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING! Fantasizing about the treats that are routinely eaten at the end of the year, and in such quantities that it can constitute for a dominant portion of our diet, means getting our bodies prepared for sugar overload! If maintaining a healthy diet during this holiday season is your goal, then there’s no reason why your favorite flavors have to be skipped due to excess chemicals and sugars. We’re here to support you with healthy alternatives to your holiday favorites. Let us introduce, the deviously-delicious, Pumpkin Spiced Proteini Shake! Less sugar than those popular frapps, with the same classic pumpkin spice flavor!

This recipe is dairy-free (less fat) with a low amount of sugar. We will use frozen banana for consistency and sweetness. Slice two bananas and freeze overnight, or a couple of hours, until completely solid.

Next prepare your pumpkin puree. Note * Avoid accidentally purchasing Pumpkin Pie filling.* There really isn’t too much preparation to this recipe which makes it great to add to your mornings or to enjoy after your workout.

Add all ingredients, including pitted dates, into a blender with a couple cubes of ice. The more ice you use the thicker your consistency. Blend and serve.

For added sweetness or just to top off, sprinkle toasted coconut or crunchy graham cracker with a dollop of coconut whipped cream! I don’t care how basic they say Pumpkin Spice is! I can drink this all day! Blood Type: Pumpkin spice!

INGREDIENTS: Makes 2 Servings

2 Scoops Vegan Vanilla Proteini 
1 CUP of unsweetened almond milk/ coconut milk
1/2 Banana, sliced or frozen 
1/4 cup of Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
2 Dates, pitted (optional)
½ Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 t of Pumpkin Spice - (Substitute ¼ t each nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger)

Instructions: Blend almond milk, bananas, pumpkin, dates, protein powder, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger together in a blender until smooth.

At SMART Pressed Juice, we would like to inspire you to create healthy versions of your holiday favorites and explore different ways of eating healthy over the holidays . For more healthy recipes like this, head over to our website! According to Ashley Koff, Prevention’s RD, “Sugar consumed during the holidays affects our health for the next four months, impacting the health of our cells until April. (One hemoglobin test shows that sugar stays "sticky" to our cell proteins for that amount of time. So,If you’re completely over the holiday hoopla, then make sure to check out SMART Pressed Juice Cleanse to detox from the seasonal excess and to help you fight inflammation and other symptoms from “Holiday Sugar-Shock.”

Another less-known fact about sugar is that liquid sugars, like those used in drinks, metabolize quicker than solid sugars found in food. These may have a bigger and faster impact on your body; liquid sugar calories do not register in the body the same way as calories from solid foods. Studies show, these calories do not elicit the same fullness signals as eating them. So in order to avoid consuming an excess amount of sugar this holiday season, make sure your beverages contain little, to no sugar. If you are looking to simply cut back on sugar, try avoiding refined sugars, and opt for natural sugars like those found in fruit (natural fructose), raw honey, agave nectar, and monk fruit sweeteners. Once we are aware of the implications and the way the body processes food, we are able to make healthy, and SMART choices, for the season and for life in general.

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