This tasty Pumpkin Pie Smoothie embodies all of the flavors of your favorite pumpkin pie with so much less of the guilt! It’s a healthy breakfast that you’ll want to make over and over again.
This Ultimate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is one for the books. It’s creamy, smooth and perfectly sweet, with all the fall flavors you could ever imagine in one frosty glass. It’s certainly won me over as my smoothie of choice for the next couple of months, and I’m pretty sure it will be yours too once you give it a shot.
I mean, who knew that something so full of healthy ingredients could taste so dreamy? We’re talking pureed pumpkin, cooked sweet potato, yogurt, etc. plus everything you’d add to your favorite pumpkin baked goods like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract. If you’re a pumpkin-lover, you seriously can’t go wrong with this one.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of nutrient-loaded smoothies for my first meal of the day. Although the hubs and I usually go for this Power Protein Smoothie, sometimes (if we’re feeling like we need an extra hit of hydration) we go for this Recovery Smoothie. And now that we have The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, we have just the smoothie to turn to for the entire fall season!
Let’s talk about these ingredients real quick, because I’m guessing you probably did a bit of a double take when you saw the words “sweet potato” up there. Just trust me on this one. They are seriously THE perfect addition to this smoothie, not only for some extra creaminess and a touch of sweetness, but also because they (along with the pumpkin) add a HUGE dose of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, plus an assortment of B vitamins and inflammation-fighting potassium.
Now you tell me, who doesn’t want a breakfast that is this healthy but tastes like a decadent dessert?
The other great thing about The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (besides how delicious it tastes) is that it’s equally enjoyable served two different ways:
You can drink it straight up from a glass with a straw OR
You can top it with some granola and extra fruit (maybe even peanut butter?) and make it into a tasty smoothie bowl.
It’s up to you, pick your poison!
I hope you all have a wonderful fall weekend filled with lots of delicious pumpkin food and drink!
This tasty Recovery Smoothie is a healthy, refreshing breakfast or snack complete with coconut water and loads of anti-inflammatory superfoods.
I’ve lightly touched on the topic here and there recently, but with our wedding now just a few short months away, I’ve been kicking it up a notch with my workouts and the fiancé and I have been focusing on even more balanced eating than usual. Luckily, the two go hand in hand. I can definitely tell what a difference it makes in my workouts when I’m putting the right fuel into my body!
It’s quite fitting that I stumbled across my new favorite coconut water, Amy & Brian, in the midst of this transition to higher intensity workouts and healthier eating. Even more fitting, I learned after the fact that their motto is “Be Better™” and they have dubbed 2016 the “year of improvement.” I am so on board with this! Especially with the wedding on the way, now is more of a time than ever for me to really focus on who I am and how I want to be transitioning into this new phase of my life.
Not only is Amy & Brian’s motto so in line with where I’m at right now mentally, but their coconut waters have also proven to be fantastic for me physically. As a competitive volleyball player growing up, I sometimes had long, grueling practice days. Unfortunately, I was not always in such a great place with my eating habits back then, and I would often get severely dehydrated. We’re talking migraines, nausea, the sweats….yuck. Back then, the only solution I knew of was to lie in bed with the lights off and try to keep down as much Gatorade as I could to replace all of the lost electrolytes.
When coconut water started having its “moment” a few years ago, I was thrilled to learn that the all-natural drink was loaded with electrolytes and minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride. I immediately started grabbing it up at the grocery store for not only my bouts with dehydration, but for any occasion where I felt I needed a natural jolt of all of these healthful components. (Long day of volleyball at the beach? You betcha!) My diet is much more on track now than it used to be, and I rarely experience dehydration anymore, but I’m so glad to have found a natural solution that helps me Be Better™.
Speaking of being better and natural solutions, did everyone know that this Friday, April 22 is Earth Day? Do you have any exciting plans? Any ambitions of how to make our world “better” in the coming year?
We actually celebrated Earth Day this past weekend, since Santa Barbara puts on a HUGE Earth Day Festival every year and it just happened to fall a weekend early. Did you know Santa Barbara is the birth place of Earth Day? That’s right, folks. Earth Day was inspired by the 1969 massive oil spill here in sunny SB. An unfortunate incident, but at least now we can thank it for a reason to celebrate this lovely world we live in!
In addition to my #lifegoals and #marriedlife goals listed above, I’m also going to make more of an effort to conserve resources whenever possible (especially water) and use less of the products that fill up our landfills (Ziploc bag obsession right here – need to break this.)
But I digress. The reason we are all here today is to find out what’s so special about this Recovery Smoothie, right? Well, let me tell you. This smoothie is a spin-off of my original Power Protein Smoothie (just ignore the horrible photos), but it’s loaded with even more nutritious ingredients that help our muscles recover quickly and get amped up for our next workout.
Of course, the star of the show is Amy & Brian Coconut Water – with Cinnamon! You read that right, folks. Not only do Amy & Brian make straight up, good ol’ fashioned plain (and high pulp) coconut water, but they also make fun, flavored coconut waters like Lime, Grape and Cinnamon. I chose to use the Cinnamon flavor because not only has the spice become a favorite of mine to add a pop of flavor to my daily smoothies, it also has anti-inflammatory properties due to the high level of antioxidants it contains and has proven effective at controlling blood sugar and increasing metabolism. Awesome!
We already mentioned the potassium we get from the coconut water itself, but of course we also have bananas to thank for giving this smoothie even more of the mineral to aid our cramping muscles. We also throw in maca powder for increased energy, an extra hit of Vitamins B, C and E, and improved stamina. Finally, we add some turmeric to the mix for even more anti-inflammatory properties and faster recovery. Oh, and we’re also getting plenty of protein from Greek yogurt, whey protein powder and almond butter to really help those muscles grow!
I know it sounds like a long list of ingredients, but I’ve made it easier to find a lot of the spices/supplements by providing links to them all on Amazon (whatever did we do before Amazon?) AND, the most exciting part of this post…
I’M HOSTING MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! That’s right, one lucky reader will receive a mixed case of all of Amy & Brian’s delicious coconut waters. Simply enter by using the Rafflecopter box below (yes, you can have multiple entries!), and good luck! Giveaway closes at 12AM PDT on Wednesday, April 27. Giveaway is only open to US residents and winner will be notified by email.
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This post was created in partnership with Amy & Brian Coconut Water. Although I did receive free product as compensation, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I truly LOVE Amy & Brian Coconut Water and am honored to work with such an amazing company!
Today is the day that I bring you this delicious, (mostly) healthy, Twisted Tropical Blender that will both transport you to a white sand beach and make you feel like you’re partying in The French Quarter at the same time. We’ve got a multi-layer, brightly hued, refreshing beverage that is a party in your mouth yet isn’t overly sugary/artificially sweetened like our favorite classic Tiki drinks (i.e. Lava Flows, Pina Coladas, Blue Hawaii’s, etc. etc. ) Twisted Tropical Blenders come with great taste and leave you with a happy waist! You see what I did there?
But do you know what else today is? You guessed it: April Fools! I’m pulling a fast one on ya and for the first time ever I’m posting a more-than-delicious beverage, on a Friday, that doesn’t. even. contain. alcohol. That’s right folks.
As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, the fiancé and I have been trying to be more conscious of what we eat and drink in these last few months leading up to the wedding, which includes cutting back on the “Oh I’ll have a glass of wine when I get home from work because it was a ROUGH day” mindset. We’re by no means going on a “diet,” because we’re not really into that stuff (balance baby!), however we’re trying to be a little more conscious and ease up just a leeetle bit on our favorite things that aren’t necessarily the best for us (I’m talking to you, cheese and booze.)
So, needless to say, we’ve been experimenting in the tasty non-alcoholic beverage department a little more than usual lately. You already know that we’re a big fan of smoothies in our household (can’t turn down a Power Protein Smoothie or a Date “Shake”!) so with this Twisted Tropical Blender I aimed for a middle-ground between nutritious smoothie and festive Tiki drink. And what says “festive Tiki drink” more than a couple of brightly hued, fruity layers poured into a glass that clearly shows them off?
Okay, let me get down to the nitty gritty. As much as this Twisted Tropical Blender looks like it MUST have some sort of artificial dye to give it this coloring, let me assure you that it absolutely does not. Yes, that’s right. These bright colors all come directly from the fruits themselves. Fancy that!
The bottom layer is where we indulge just a teensy tiny bit (see mention of balance two paragraphs up ⇑⇑.) We combine vanilla ice cream (although I totally wouldn’t be opposed to the use of frozen yogurt), frozen blueberries and almond milk and voila! We have a tasty blue concoction that would make even the Smurfs jealous.
Next up, we combine frozen mango, pineapple juice and more almond milk to provide the more frosty and less creamy top layer. Because the bottom layer has a bit more density to it due to the ice cream, the mango-pineapple layer floats nicely on top without too much blending going on….Picture perfect!
Of course, this recipe is completely customizable, so feel free to mix and match whichever frozen fruits and juices you prefer! Just keep in mind that, if you’re looking for a more visual presentation, you’ll want to pick fruits that have highly contrasting colors to really give this Twisted Tropical Blender that “pop!”
What do you think? Are you ready to try this out on a FRIDAY night? If you can’t give up your Happy Hour just yet, this is also perfectly acceptable for breakfast.
What are some of your favorite non-alcoholic beverage options? Got any good virgin cocktail recipes to share with me?
Hope everyone has a fabulous, healthy, fun-filled weekend!
This Date “Shake” is a lighter take on the frosty Palm Springs classic. You’ll never miss the extra calories and get a ton of health benefits to boot!
We’re makin’ it through the Monday blues, and this healthy take on a Date Shake is going to help us get there. I have to admit, I created this recipe out of my own selfishness. Who here’s been to Palm Springs? Who here’s been lucky enough to visit Oasis Date Gardens on said trip to Palm Springs? Me! Me!
Now, we all know that this Power Protein Smoothie has been our “go-to” smoothie since, well, forever, but hold on tight folks because we’re about to totally shake things up (haha, pun intended.) We may have found another favorite.
If you have been to Oasis Date Gardens, you’re so welcome because today I am sharing my healthy take on their extremely tasty, yet extremely indulgent Date Shake. If you have not visited this little slice of paradise, consider yourself even luckier that I am introducing you to this healthy version that is totally acceptable to make every day (and for breakfast!) before you get your booty down there and taste the real deal. Once we go down healthy Date “Shake” lane, we’ll at least be able to satisfy our cravings (and waistlines!) if we can’t head to Palm Springs every weekend.
The classic Date Shake (from the Gardens themselves) is, as far as I can tell, a glorious mixture of vanilla soft serve ice cream and chopped dates, mixed up using a machine similar to what we see McDonald’s using for their McFlurry’s. It seems so simple, yet it is such a special treat, especially when they’re using some of the freshest, most delicious dates I have ever tasted in my life (we’re talking sooooo far from anything you buy at a grocery store…plump, juicy, caramelly sweet…BRB I’m going to go grab some out of the refrigerator right now to shove in my mouth as I’m writing this.)
For my Date “Shake,” we’re upping the healthy ante so we can drink this every day and feel so good about all of the nutrients we’re putting into our body. Not only do we get the classic Date Shake flavors of vanilla and dates, we also get an anti-inflammatory dose of turmeric and cinnamon. Frozen bananas, Greek yogurt and unsweetened vanilla almond milk lend the creaminess we’d typically get from the soft-serve, with sooo many fewer calories.
We throw everything into our trusty Vitamix blender and, voila! We have our healthy Date “Shake” made in under 10 minutes flat. Perfect for a rushed weekday morning! (Just remember to pre-freeze the bananas the night before.)
So, what do you think? Ready to give this a shot? We have about five pounds of dates sitting in our refrigerator, so I know this Date “Shake” is going to be on a very regular rotation in our household.
Don’t forget, if you make this, snap a photo and share it on social media using #caligirlcooking. I love to see all of your creations!
This Power Protein smoothie is my go-to smoothie recipe with enough protein, fruit and vegetables to keep me satisfied until lunch.
I’m coming at you live from beautiful (rainy!!! first rainy day I’ve seen in like TWO years!) Santa Cruz, California with a recipe you will want to hold dear to your heart and never, ever forget. Promise?
This recipe has changed my life. I’ve always been the type to rush through my weekday mornings, setting my alarm just early enough to get in a workout at the gym, shower, and make myself presentable for a 9-to-5 day in corporate America. Can anyone empathize with me on this? Since my morning is always so jam-packed, and I don’t feel like being jarred awake by my phone at 5am rather than 5:30am, I’ve always been the type to rush through breakfast. If you can even call it breakfast. Before I created this smoothie recipe, it was more like “What can I grab that’s portable and eat-in-the-car-or-eat-at-your-desk-friendly.” You feel me?
I would always grab a piece of toast or some fruit and Greek yogurt, shovel it in my face in a matter of 10 minutes or less, and be hungry again 30 minutes later, leaving me open to the perils of any coworker deciding to bring in donuts or homemade baked goods on that particular day. Not only was this not good for my energy levels, it wasn’t good for my waistline.
My Christmas gift last year changed everything. Say hello to Mr. Vitamix. [Any more creative names for this important part of my life now being accepted].
Not to mention my family deciding to take a week-long cruise through Tahiti in the summer…I decided I needed to shift my healthy eating into gear and decided the best place to start (especially with my new toy) was breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, right?
It took me a few tries to get a good recipe down, but since I’ve been making this smoothie five to six days a week for the past 10 months, I’m proud to say I’ve finessed it enough to have a pretty solid base to work with.
Guys, this smoothie is BOMB. It’s healthy, covers multiple food groups (in just one Blender Bottle serving!), and keeps me full until at least 11:00am. [For a girl that can usually eat every hour on the hour, this is a big deal.] The key is a healthy dose of protein and fiber – them’s stick-to-your-bones nutrients right there!
First, bananas and Greek yogurt go into the blender – I like forming a semi-solid base to make this smoothie nice and creamy!
Next, of course we need our fruits and veggies. Baby kale (holla at Trader Joe’s for a pre-washed, pre-trimmed version – we’re all about ease and simplicity on weekday mornings) and your choice of frozen fruit (blueberries, pineapple and mango are my faves).
Next we amp up the stick-to-our-bones good stuff – protein powder and and Chia seeds. Side note: Does anyone have any good protein powder recommendations? I used to get the Whole Foods brand vanilla whey protein and loved it, but wanted to find something I could order on Amazon [I’m an Amazon Prime junkie]. I’ve tried a couple and am currently on the PlantFusion powder, but am still not sold – It blends well but has a slight artificial sweetener taste…Comment at the end of this post if you know of anything good!
Finally, let’s loosen things up a bit with some almond milk. Then it’s blending time!
This recipe is EXTREMELY versatile. There are endless opportunities for substitution. Switch up the frozen fruit, the type of milk (you can even add in some juice), or to make it more fall-like use some pumpkin puree! If you try this out and find a great alternate version, I’d love to hear about it.