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Get pumped with pumpkin: Half a cup of pumpkin puree is low in calories (42), high in fiber (3.5 grams) and a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. It is also rich in iron (1.5 milligrams), which is important to make hemoglobin and transport oxygen throughout the body, increasing your energy level.
Makes: 1 serving
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup organic canned pumpkin
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of ½ orange
Place all ingredients (except ice) into a blender and blend until smooth. Add four to five ice cubes and blend. Continue to add ice cubes to desired thickness.
Nutrition facts (per serving): 309 calories, 55 g total carbohydrates, 22 g protein, 5 g fat, 9 g fiber
Spice it up: Cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, and its natural sweet taste is a great addition to any recipe if you want to reduce the amount of sugar that’s called for.
Go organic: Use organic oranges when zesting to avoid pesticides. The zest can improve digestion, reducing belly bloat.
Almond alternative: Almond milk is low in calories and rich in the minerals manganese, copper and vitamin B2 (riboflavin), all of which are important in energy production.