Its officially October, so you know what that means – it’s officially Pumpkin season! While it has been the major trend for the last decade, pumpkin’s nutritional profile is something to marvel. The dark orange hue is a very concentrated source of Vitamin A (and related the antioxidant beta carotene) as well as Vitamin C. Both these nutrients have been shown to strengthen the immune system, which is particularly important as we enter cold and flu season. Pumpkin is also very high in potassium, which makes this shake a fantastic post-workout recovery, especially for those who tend to be “heavy sweat-ers”. Don’t forget the warming spices to the recipe for a truly pumpkin pie experience. Enjoy!
PUMPKIN PIE SHAKE
1 packet 20/20 Lifestyles vanilla protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 Tbsp almond butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon and nutmeg
4-5 ice cubes
1.) Blend all ingredients together on high until smooth.
310 Calories, Total Fat 11g, Sodium 470mg, Potassium 455mg, Total Carbohydrate 29g, Fiber 12g, Protein 30g
Written by: Sarah Lawson, RD, CD
Sarah provides nutrition counseling for both 20/20 Lifestyle clients and general members who are looking to better their health and achieve personal nutrition goals. She brings her enthusiasm and passion for nutrition to deliver the necessary education, motivation, and tools needed for clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Sarah will create an individualized nutrition program that is tailored meet the physical and emotional needs of her clients to reach overall wellness.