Pumping Up Your Smoothie

Pumpkin Week continues! We’ve already seen some overnight oats, a miso soup, and one amazing cheesecake. What’s up next?

Yeah, so I guess the title kinda gives it away, eh?

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I’ve been playing around with various smoothie combinations featuring pumpkin. Some had banana, some had protein powder, some had nut butters and some had chia seeds.

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Note to self – Vega Sport Performance Vanilla protein powder, while tasty, lends a green hue to your smoothies.

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All delicious in their own right, I did finally nail down a combination I’d like to share with you. The secret ingredient? Kefir! Say what? Yes, kefir. A delicious, yeasty tasting fermented dairy product. Somewhat along the lines of yogurt, but texture-wise like buttermilk. Also of note – it has a ridiculous amount of probiotics per serving, more than your yogurts. Great for keeping your gut healthy! So go drink yourself some pumpkin, mixed with a little kefir.

 

Pumpkin Kefir Smoothie

serves 1

The quickest way to satisfy a pumpkin pie craving is with a pumpkin smoothie. Chia seeds keep it thick and creamy, while the kefir gives you a big probiotic boost. Delicious and nutritious, your tummy will thank you.

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  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon (to your taste)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

1. Put all ingredients in your blending machine of choice. Whiz away until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, allow it to sit for a few minutes so the chia seeds can do their thing.

Note: Can’t find kefir? Use yogurt instead! 

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6 Comments on “Pumping Up Your Smoothie”

  1. October 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Ooh! I am always looking for ways to enjoy kefir. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    October 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    That smoothie sounds AWESOME! Like pumpkin pie in a glass. :)

  3. October 18, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    yup, you sold me on the kefir – smoothie combo! ive always loved how kefir has a bit of carbonation from the healthy living bacteria, and it makes sense why that would only add to an amazing smoothie consistency and taste! when i pick up another carton of kefir i’ll definitely add some pumpkin puree and cinnamon and nutmeg etc. with banana too of course, and try out a kefir smoothie!!! :D

  4. August 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Kefir smoothie sounds great! I’m Russian and I love kefir in all variations. Definetely will try your smoothie recipe.

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