Friday, November 9

"Fall" in Love with a Smoothie

As I've mentioned before, I'm a lover of all things Hungry Girl. Nothing new there. But a while back she posted a recipe for a pumpkin smoothie, and I've been tinkering around with it for about two weeks now. I haven't changed much, but I wanted to post it here in case anyone else is interested in a little pumpkin pie in a glass. :-)

About a month ago, I took a tip from my mom and started having a smoothie for lunch. At first I thought she was crazy -- how could a smoothie fill you up for lunch?? I've been making smoothies for breakfast for about three years now, but I didn't think it would make a very good lunch. But I was wrong! The fruit, the pumpkin (counts as a veggie for me), and the protein powder make this smoothie very long lasting...and tasty! Play around with it and adjust to your taste buds. I hope you enjoy it!

Pumpkin Smoothie

1 c. frozen fruit (I usually use just under 1 cup. HG recommended peaches, but I've also used a mixed bag of strawberries, peaches, melon, and pineapple)
1/2 banana
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1/2 c. skim milk
pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon & nutmeg (to taste)
stevia, or sweetener of choice (to taste)
1/2 c. ice chips

Add everything but the ice into your blender and mix until the ingredients are combined. Add the ice and blend until combined. I like a thick, milkshakey smoothie, so you can adjust the liquid amount until it reaches the desired consistency that you like.

I always eat my smoothie with two rice cakes, and this routine has saved me a lot of standing in front of the frig going, "Hmmmm, now what do I want for lunch?" It may seem boring to have the same thing for lunch everyday, but it works for me. Give 'er a whirl (pun intended)! :-)

Oh, and if you don't have Halloween candy lying about and a husband who brings home Godiva chocolates from work, substituting this smoothie for your usual lunch may even help you control your daily calories and shed a few pounds. Or in my case, help make up for one more delicious bite of Godiva...


Shelley said...

What works really well for me is making a big pot of soup on Monday. It lasts me the whole week through. It works well if you don't mind eating the same thing for lunch every day. :-) Another meal I really enjoy is Bean Burritos. I make a big bowl of Brown Rice, Pop open a large can of Fat Free Vegetarian Refried Beans, use corn, salsa, and black beans as toppers, and it's FABULOUS. I can eat that any day of the week for lunch or dinner. Last week I think I had it three days in a row for lunch. :-) It's a keeper in the fridge as well. I think as mom's it's good to have a regular routine for lunch, b/c you are right, it's easy to stand in front of the fridge wondering what you are going to eat. I think that's where most women end up munching on cookies and mac and cheese.... :-) Just my two cents. Your smoothie sounds great!! I made an awesome one the other day by experimenting. It included Frozen Fruit, Rice Dream, silkened Organic Tofu, and Flaxseed. Caleb loved it and I enjoyed it as well!!

mom said...

glad you took my tip! I saw this recipe on HG and wanted to try it too. It sounded really good!