It is the perfect time of year to indulge in this super food smoothie. Pumpkins are in season, inexpensive and easy to find. Grocery store shelves are well stocked with pumpkin puree. That pumpkin puree is packed with nutrition and has many other uses besides pumpkin pie. But, hey, I’m not trashing the pumpkin pie! It is one of my favorites 🙂 Try to find organic pumpkin puree in BPA free cans.
Pumpkins provide lots of vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese. Smaller but significant amounts of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus also are present. They are also a great source of fiber and protein.
Pumpkins good for your heart, and they also contain lycopene and carotenoids known to help protect against cancer, diabetes, hypertension, aging, and macular degeneration.
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamon and cloves (all found in pumpkin pie spice) are warming spices that are perfect for cooler days of autumn. These spices also support digestion, are loaded with antioxidants, stabilize blood sugar levels, and help control inflammation. And they taste amazing!
Pure maple syrup (we’re not talking about Mrs. Butterworth’s here) is a whole food sweetener that is minimally processed and supplies the body with nutrition. The nutrients found in maple syrup include energy, water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. It contains the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup.
Gelatin is a whole food supplement loaded with collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It supports healthy skin, hair, nails, bones, tendons, joints, and cartilage. It is considered the “glue that holds the body together”. Collagen improves skin elasticity and can support healthy aging. Read more about the health benefits of gelatin and collagen here.
Plain, grass fed organic yogurt is a good source of protein, probiotics, potassium, vitamin A, calcium, and vitamin D.