Part II: On-The-Go Breakfast Series
Hey guys! Welcome to Part II of my On-The-Go Breakfast Series. Today I bring you a Pumpkin Banana Smoothie made with dates, cinnamon, coconut yogurt, almond milk and maca powder. This is my first time drinking a smoothie with pumpkin and it will not be my last. Delicious, creamy and fall inspired. Smoothies are wonderful additions to your breakfast routine, as you can pack all that’s good and good for you in liquid form. But, take caution and try not to overload your smoothie with tons of fruit, sweeteners, or fruit juice. The key is to be strategic and intentional with building your smoothie. Here are my tips for building a great smoothie:
How To Build A Better Smoothie
The Base: Start off with unsweetened non-dairy milk (I use almond milk), coconut water, coconut milk, kefir or regular milk. Coconut water and coconut milk will add a subtle sweetness to your smoothie. Try not to use fruit juice as a base as you’ll be increasing the sugar content of the smoothie.
The Add-In’s: Now for the main players. Add in your favorite fruits and veggies, fresh or frozen, about a ½ cup to 1 ½ cups. If you remember, freeze your bananas as they will give your smoothies a super creamy texture. Go seasonal as I’ve done here with the Pumpkin Banana Smoothie or use what you have on hand. You can also go tropical with banana, pineapple and coconut or you can go green and add spinach, kale and dandelion greens. I’m partial to the green smoothie. If you have leftover roasted sweet potatoes or cauliflower, add these also. All of these add-in’s will add different nutrients to your smoothie and tons of fiber so mix it up.
The Fats: Add in healthy fats to your smoothie such as nuts, nut butters, avocado, flax and coconut oil. I love adding nut butters to my smoothie. My favorite after dinner smoothie is Banana, Cacao Powder, and Almond Butter. It satisfies my sweet tooth as well as my chocolate cravings.
Once you've got down the basics of your smoothie, you can experiment and add protein powders, maca powder, a superfood from Peru with hormone balancing properties and increased energy level benefits, matcha tea, fresh turmeric (anti-inflammatory properties), beet powder, bee pollen, and so on. The possibilities are endless.
I finished off this smoothie with some cacao nibs and a sprinkling of my homemade granola (recipe here). I was satisfied until lunch and my body thanked me for it.
Pumpkin Banana Smoothie//makes 1 serving, just for you
1 cup non-dairy unsweetened milk
1 frozen banana
¾ cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
2 Medjool dates, chopped
½ cup coconut yogurt
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Add all the ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add more milk if smoothie is too thick. Top smoothie with cacao nibs and granola. Serve immediately.