Fat Loss Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl
I lost 4.2 pounds of body fat on a 28 day food and fitness challenge and this is the smoothie I ate every single morning to help keep me accountable. This satiating macro balanced superfood delight set up the rest of my day for success. Plus it’s delicious and on-trend for fall with the coveted flavor of the season: pumpkin spice.
I eat this smoothie warm, in a bowl, with a spoon. Yes, I said warm. My dosha in ayurvedic medicine is primarily vata, which means that eating warm foods is more harmonious for my digestive system. I find that because my circulation is so poor, eating a cold smoothie causes me to uncomfortably shiver. When I do eat a cold smoothie, I usually have to enjoy it outside in the sun like an amphibian (insert lizard emoji here, haha). If the idea of a warm smoothie bowl is whack to you, then I encourage you, by all means, to use oat milk or cold water in place of my heated up tea.
This recipe is vegan, heart-healthy, no added sugars, gluten-free and organic. It is high fiber, high protein & macro balanced for a 30/30/40 ratio of protein/carbs/fat.
I N G R E D I E N T S >>
- 1/4 Cup Organic Pumpkin Purée (I buy the unsweetened box)
- 1/3 of a Ripe Avocado
- 1/2 of a Small Banana
- 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Garden of Life Sport, it’s vegan, low glycemic, high protein & loaded with nutrients)
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1/2 Packet (or 1/2 dropper) of Stevia or Monk Fruit Sweetener
- 1/2 Cup Hot Water (I use fresh brewed chai tea) OR you can use 1/2 cup plant milk, I recommend Oat for the creaminess
optional add-ins: Chaga powder, wheat grass, Cacao Powder, Dates, Almond Butter, Hemp Hearts, Chia Seeds, Cooked Oats, Overnight Oats, Tofu
optional toppings: coconut flakes, cacao nibs, berries, walnuts, almonds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, granola (my favorite is Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Cinnamon), other 1/2 of the banana, sprinkle of cinnamon, honey, agave, dried fruit
to make keto: replace banana with 1 tbsp of coconut oil, hemp hearts or almond butter
D I R E C T I O N S >>
Throw it in the blender and let it spin! Enjoy alone or with additional toppings 🙂
N U T R I T I O N A L B R E A K D O W N >>
This recipe is part of a new series of heart-healthy, vegan & macro-balancing meals I’m creating. No matter where you are on your health and wellness journey, take this moment to mentally congratulate yourself for taking a step in the right direction. All it takes is one small change at a time and you will see results. It’s not about being skinny, it’s about living your best – most healthy, happy and fulfilled – life. xx
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