Do you love Smoothies and pumpkin all in one, as much as I do. I just love my whey protein smoothies, and with the added pumpkin they are filling and satisfying. I created this one last week by accident, and it was so good. Pumpkin is so yummy, and it is in season right now here… It is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins, boosts vision, helps you sleep better and I’m all for that. A half of a cup of pumpkin has about 42 calories, 10 grams of starchy carbs, no fat, 1 gram of protein and 4 grams of fiber, not bad.  I hope you love this pumpkin protein smoothie as much as I did.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 1/3 Scoops Jay Robb Vanilla Whey Protein
1/3 Cup of Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/3 Cup (around 7 slices frozen banana around a half of a medium banana)
1 Tbs Cream Cheese ( Nancy’s organic cultured cream cheese ) or other brand, try organic.
1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice, you could start with a 1/2 tsp taste and see. I like more.
(Optional sprinkle cinnamon on top)
8 Ice cubes, you can use more or less this came out creamy and nice.
Blend on high

If your protein powder is not sweetened you could use some Stevia, or other sugar you like, to your taste. Jay Robb is sweetened with stevia, but he does have unsweetened. I did not need to add more. Any brand of protein powder you like should be fine

I did not use a whole medium banana, as I also had the starch from the pumpkin. You could use a half cup of pumpkin if you don’t mind more starch, I might next time to.

I was trying to keep it yummy, but figure friendly for women in menopause, and beyond  🙂

A half cup of pumpkin has only about 10 grams of starchy carb, and a medium banana has about 27 grams, and about 105 calories.

Enjoy!

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