It finally feels like Fall in Los Angeles today and since it’s almost Halloween…I’m keeping the pumpkin recipes coming!

Not only are pumpkins delicious…they have great HEALTH benefits!

Here are a few benefits of pumpkins…

  • Vitamin A which help keeps those pretty eyes healthy
  • Rich in fiber which helps with weight loss
  • Increase beta-carotene which may play a role in cancer prevention
  • Help keep your skin smooth
  • Refuel your potassium levels after a tough workout
  • Boost your immune system


This pumpkin smoothie is delicious and makes a great snack or post workout drink. Try this under 200-calorie recipe!


Pumpkin Protein Smoothie


1/2 cup of bananas

1-2 scoops of protein powder (natural or vanilla flavor)…# of scoops depends on your brands serving size

1/4 tsp. of cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of nutmeg

1/4 vanilla extract

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (use one with no extra ingredients or sugars added…I like the one from Trader Joe’s)

1/2 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened)

handful of ice cubes


*Blend ingredients together. If the consistency is too thick, you can add a little more almond milk and blend until smooth.







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