Bubble, Bubble, Toil and… Pumpkin?


Do you remember the old rhyme “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat?”  Halloween can be the spookiest time of year, as well as the most flavorful. This is my family’s favorite holiday, especially mine. It’s the one time of year you can dress up and let your freak flag fly and no one looks twice at you.

Beside over-the top costumes, Halloween in my house means candy and lots of it. I think this is one of the reasons my husband and I had children – so we could live vicariously through them. We take them house-to-house to collect a pillowcase full of amazing treats so we can get the first pick of their stash. Of course we tell them things like, “We’re checking to make sure everything is OK” and, “No, I don’t know where that full size Twix bar went.”

The problem with all that candy is just that – all that candy. We know we can’t two-fist the Snickers, but from time to time, we need something sweet to satisfy our candy cravings.

Well, boy do I have a great option for you! It’s a seasonal shake that fulfills that hankering in your tummy. It’s the Pumpkin Nutri-Shake! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the autumn season.

I bet you didn’t know pumpkin puree is not only delicious, but also nutritional. It is low in calories and fat and offers a number of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, too. Best of all, it tastes like a rich, creamy piece of pumpkin pie that melts in your mouth. This is one particular recipe I find Spooktacular. It’s perfect for parties and easy to make.

Pumpkin Nutri-Shake

  • ¼ Cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Cup of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 Cup fat free milk
  • 1 T of honey
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 3 – 4 ice cubes

Place the ingredients in the NutriBullet large cup and blend.  Enjoy and harvest the benefits of the pumpkin.  Feel free to use vanilla soymilk and a banana in place of the ice cream and milk for a healthy version.  I encourage you to take creative liberties as always.

So whip up this little pumpkin delight in your NutruBullet to help celebrate your Halloween spirit.  No matter what monster, zombie, goblin or ghoul shows up at your door looking for tricks or treats, you’ll have this yummy potion to help you keep your All-Hallows-Eve cool!  BOO!

-Kim Pontius