Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

by Mary Pomerantz

2014-10-27 11.47.57 (2)

I love green smoothies.  They are packed with nutrition, easy to make, easy to clean up after and utterly delicious.  And there are endless varieties all with the change of the fruits and flavorings you add.  I decided to make Mondays green smoothie day.  This morning I had a yummy cherry chocolate green smoothie.  I’ll add the recipe another day.  Today I’m giving you Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.  I’ve been seeing recipes for them and wanted to try one.  Boy, am I glad that I did.  I’m having one for lunch and have one in the fridge for dinner.

It will be a very nutritious day.  I googled the nutrition facts and found out that pumpkin is very high in vitamin A and is a good source of vitamins R and C, Potassium, Copper and fiber.  Greens are very high in Vitamins A, C, K and B6, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, and Manganese. They are also a good source of protein, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.  I added an orange, which is very high in Vitamin C but is also a good source of fiber and folate.  I was going to add two oranges but I only had one, so instead I added frozen organic mangoes.  Those are very high in Vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber and Vitamin B6.  Oats added more fiber, magnesium phosphorus, selenium and manganese.  They also helped make the smoothie more creamy.

This recipe makes two quarts and my serving was one quart, which had only 420 calories.  Not bad for so much nutrition!  It could easily serve 3-4 people, though, if this won’t be your entire meal!  I think you will enjoy this unusual smoothie.  It won’t be the last time that I make it!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups packed organic kale & spinach, or any combination of greens
  • 1 can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen organic mangoes
  • 1/2 cup organic quick oats
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6-8 drops stevia or equivalent sweetener (to taste)
  • water
  • 10-12 ice cubes

Directions

Blend all of the ingredients, adding enough water to make a thick smoothie.  Start with 1/2 cup water and add more if needed.

 

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