Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Like I said before, I love pumpkin and this isn’t the last pumpkin recipe you’ll see from me this fall, so hopefully you love it too! If not, I think you will soon. We’ve been having some hot weather here in Edmonton so smoothies are still okay in my books. As soon as the weather turns cold though, my body no longer craves them. For now I will still enjoy them. I used some of the leftover pumpkin from the Pumpkin Lamb Chili recipe to make this smoothie.
Pumpkins are high in a certain type of carotenoid, called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is also know as provitamin A, as it can be converted into retinol in the body to be used for a number of different processes. Vitamin A supports good eye health, growth and tissue healing, healthy skin and immune function. It is also an antioxidant and helps protect the body and particularly the cell membranes and tissue linings, from free radicals.
Signs and symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include:
- Night blindness
- Lowered immunity
- Chronic sickness/infections- colds, ear infections, periodontal disease, cancer, etc.
- Dry, bumpy skin especially on the backs of the arms
- Dull hair and dandruff
- Bone softness
- Abnormal menstruation
Other great sources of vitamin A in the form of retinol include liver, fish liver oil. egg yolks and grass-fed milk products like whole milk, cream and butter. Vitamin A is fat soluble, so low fat dairy lacks it because the fat has been removed. Good sources of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene include all yellow, orange and red vegetables and fruits like carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, red cabbage, apricots, mango, peaches and cherries. Green vegetables are also a great source and include asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, parsley and spinach. Because these vegetables and fruits don’t come with fat like the animal sources do, it’s best to consume them with some fat so your body can assimilate and use the vitamin A.
Kefir is a fermented milk product that provides us with those healthy probiotics that aid digestion and help us produce B vitamins (our energy vitamins). I used goat’s milk kefir in my smoothie because goat’s milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk. If you struggle with gas and bloating when you consume cow’s milk dairy products you may want to give goat’s milk products a try.
- 3/4 c pumpkin
- 1/2 c coconut milk
- 1/2 c goats milk kefir (can omit if you have a dairy sensitivity or allergy and add more coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp ground chia seed (soaked in 2 tbsp water)
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Optional: 2 tbsp [url href=”http://www.amazon.ca/Great-Lakes-Collagen-Hydrolysate-16-Ounce/dp/B005KG7EDU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436119147&sr=8-1&keywords=great+lakes+gelatin” target=”_blank”]gelatin[/url]
- Mix the ground chia seeds and water and let sit so the chia can absorb the water and form a gel.
- If the pumpkin’s not pureed and cubed like mine is, puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and combined.