I am such a pumpkin person and I love, love, love fall so much. In a sea of pumpkin-spiced everything recipes I wanted to share my own favorite with you: the Ginger Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie. I heard a horrifying rumor that we are running short on pumpkins this year; canned pumpkin in particular may be in shortage so be sure to stock up.
Pumpkin is a winter squash and whenever you see that deep orange color, you can be sure that you are getting a rich source of beta carotene. It is such a nutrient-rich ingredient to add whenever you can. Pumpkin also offers vitamin C, B vitamins and lots of minerals and fiber. It offers unique antioxidants found in orange and red colored foods. Remember to include this part of the “rainbow” in your diet regularly. I hope you get a chance to start your day with my Ginger Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie this fall! However you love to enjoy it the most, be sure to include plenty of pumpkin recipes in your diet this fall and winter for maximum flavor, nutrition and because it reminds you of cozy, breezy, beautiful autumn!
Ginger Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie
½ cup ice cubes
1 medium frozen banana
1 cup almond, soy or dairy milk (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (dried ginger is fine too)
1 teaspoon peanut or almond butter
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
½ cup organic canned pumpkin
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.