Stop for a cup of java at any coffee shop this time of year and you will find an inviting advertisement for the seasonal pumpkin latte. Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and even Seattle’s Best has capitalized on this autumnal crowd favorite. It’s the perfectly sweet yet savory combination of delicious coffee and pumpkin pie. Comfort food at its best!
But you’d be shocked to tally up the calories in such a latte! You be sure to spend an extended period of time on the treadmill for each one you devour! Most of the empty calories come from refined sugar and contain minimal nutrients, if any. In my obsession with NutriBullet experiments, I have proudly come up with a nutrient-dense alternative to the traditional pumpkin latte! Real pumpkin is a powerhouse source of vitamin A, fiber, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, carotenoids, potassium, magnesium and folate. Vitamin A and beta carotene are linked to improved eyesight, as well as decreased risk for cataracts. Alpha carotene has been shown to slow down the aging process and protect against some forms of cancer. Carotenoids, potassium, magnesium and folate are all cardio protectors and work to prevent cardiovascular disease. Are there any better reasons to include pumpkin in your diet? How about the fact that it simply tastes so good!!!!
- ½ cup skim milk (or milk alternative, like almond, rice, or soy milk)
- 2 tsp. agave nectar
- 4 tbsp. canned pumpkin
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup strong hot coffee
- Combine the skim milk, agave, canned pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon in NutriBullet. This will create a Blast of frothy consistency. Pour the Blast into a small saucepan and simmer until just-hot, but not boiling.
- Brew a pot of strong hot coffee.
- Add the warm Blast to a mug full of hot coffee and stir.
- Enjoy the natural nutrient-packed essence of autumn without the processed sugar!
Can you smell the pumpkin in the air? This holiday Blast makes for a nice, decadent dessert with all natural, whole ingredients and nutrients to boost! Enjoy it instead of that slice of sugar and fat-laden pumpkin pie and feel good about your holiday diet.
Pumpkin Bumpkin Dessert Blast
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup organic, canned pumpkin puree (if fresh pumpkin is not available)
- 1 tbsp. pecans
- 1 dash of cinnamon
- 2 dates
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more, if you prefer)
Add all ingredients to your Tall Cup and extract for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
One of the things that I enjoy the most is supporting my fellow NutriBlasters. Encouraging them to get the most out of their Blasting experience makes me happy. I look forward to sharing my Blast recipes with others and each new day brings a new recipe.
I rock out some great Blasts and I believe the best way to make a great Blast is to start with your taste buds. I started out with my favorite fruits and veggies with one exception: Kale. I didn’t eat kale. I barely knew what it was. However, I knew the juicing community loved kale, so I jumped in and bought a bunch of it. Thankfully, I loved kale from the start!
I wrote down all the veggies and fruits that I could think of and highlighted the ones I liked the most. Then, I went shopping with those items in mind. I figured that if I already liked those items, they’d help make my NutriBlasts taste good, too. It was a great strategy because I’ve made a lot of great Blasts.
Recently, I printed out a partial list of recipes that I created over a few months. That list was over nine pages long. The process has been exciting and like they say, time flies when you’re having fun.
I will continue sharing my recipes for those who would like them and I certainly hope they will inspire others in making their NutriBlasts.
Taste the Rainbow Blast
- savoy cabbage
- 1/3 frozen banana
- 4-5 frozen cherries
- 4-5 frozen mangoes
- Splash of coconut water
- 1/2 NutriBullet Cup of almond milk
- cold water to the MAX line
Raw'kin Snack of the Week
A little pumpkin spice and everything nice! This amazing recipe from Oh She Glows has got us in the fall spirit. Entirely raw and vegan, this nut butter is creamy and delicious, and the pumpkin addition not only helps put us in the holiday spirit, but helps lighten up this recipe. So snack on guilt-free as the fall winds blow outside. Yum!
One of the most important parts of a workout is the recovery – making sure your body has the proper nutrients to replenish itself. This crucial step will restore your energy and help repair your muscles.
And there are so many commercial drinks out on the market that claim to help you do this. Sure, they help replenish your body’s electrolytes, but they are also high in sugar and unnatural additives. Being a runner, I decided to investigate this problem and eventually came up with a simple solution: homemade sports recovery drinks!
After experimenting with different recipes, I eventually found one that I liked. It is unbelievably simple and contains three vital ingredients: bananas, yogurt and milk. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, both of which are essential for healthy muscle function. Milk is full of protein, calcium and carbohydrates. Finally, yogurt, just like milk, has protein, calcium and carbs, but also has healthy bacteria that can help fight off colds. This concoction is a refreshing reward after a hard morning workout.
Sports Recovery Drink
- 1 banana
- 1 cup nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- almond milk to the line
- 3 ice cubes
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Add all ingredients to the small NutriBullet cup. Blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
Since I have started drinking this combination after my morning runs, I feel re-energized, satisfied and ready to take on the day. As usual, feel free to take creative liberties.