Pumpkin Chocolate Smoothie

Halloween is arguably the beginning of that time of year when you are tempted to overindulge on all the holiday goodies and your dedication to a healthy lifestyle can go out the window. This DOESN’T have to happen!

Although we all know we should stay away from foods containing sugar and simple carbohydrates, it can be especially difficult to resist and avoid these foods during Halloween.

Eating sugary foods causes a spike in your blood sugar, contributes to insulin resistance and triggers inflammation in your body. Additionally, simple carbohydrates (like sugar) negatively affect your cholesterol, as well as suppress the signals sent by the hunger and satiety hormones, which are responsible for letting you know when to stop eating. Simply put, the more sugar and other simple carbs you eat, the hungrier you will be!

However, nobody wants to feel deprived, especially during the holidays, so it is important to find healthy options. In this short video, NY Times bestselling author, registered nurse, nationally renowned speaker, and highly respected health and fitness expert, Tana Amen, BSN, RN shares a delicious and satisfying recipe for a yummy dessert, Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Smoothie.

One of the critical ingredients in this recipe is Omni Protein. Omni Protein takes plant-based protein powder to a whole new level. Its unique, plant-based protein blend is combined with important amino acids and digestive enzymes for a fiber-rich formula that nourishes the body and tastes great – so you don’t feel deprived!

Additionally, Omni Protein contains no artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors, soy, dairy, sugar or GMOs while it delivers 21 grams of complete protein. By helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels while creating a feeling of fullness, it also supports healthy appetite management and helps you resist sugar-laden Halloween treats and avoid candy coma!

“Creating a feeling of satiety with fiber-rich protein intake, supporting balanced blood sugar levels, and promoting brain focus and healthy metabolism are all critical to success. Omni Protein does it all.”– Tana Amen, BSN, RN

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Christine Sawyer Barker
Christine Sawyer Barker

Pumpkin
Pie Smoothie

Ingredients
1 cup
organic canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
optional:
½ banana
1 cup
organic spinach
1 cup
organic kale
2
scoops Omni vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1-2
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend or combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon
ginger and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1
Tablespoon coconut oil
6-8
ounces almond or rice milk
6-8
ounces cold water
Pumpkin
Spice Stevia to taste, about a dropper full (Sweet Leaf brand, order from
Amazon)
A
handful of ice
optional-
2 Tablespoons flax seeds

Patrick Mitchell
Patrick Mitchell

When you make your smoothies add your protein powder while Vitamix is running. That way the powder won’t stick to the sides.

Joan Zietlow
Joan Zietlow

Can you point me to the link for where to download the recipe? I know you mentioned some of the amounts in the video, but not all of them. Can you please provide the link to the recipe? Thanks in advance.

Deborah Burgess-Shaw
Deborah Burgess-Shaw

I agree! Please provide recipe quantities and nutrition facts.

John FaMis
John FaMis

I love your Super Protein Bars and your information. However I do think that all the products are very expensive and are out of reach for most people.

Rachel Malagon
Rachel Malagon

Hi Tana. I love this protein because it has a high amount of protein with zero sugar! My doctor doesn’t want me to have sugar at all if possible which is a challenge. I wondered though if you will consider making it in vanilla at some point also just for more variety? Thank you!

Joan Zietlow
Joan Zietlow

This smoothie looks tasty and it would be really great if you also gave us the amount for each ingredient.Getting the right taste is not just knowing the ingredients but how much of each. Yes, I know we can tweak it once we make it, but experimenting with amounts is very time consuming and expensive if you make a wrong choice. Plus you usually only get one chance to try and convince a kid to try something “healthy” one time. If it’s awe full the first time you lose a lot of opportunity going forward.

Aletta Karsies van Eeden
Aletta Karsies van Eeden

Hi Joan, the amounts are given in the video in the picture at 45 seconds, just pause to write it down!

Tana Amen
Tana Amen

Hi Joan,
If you download the recipes you will see the specific amounts. Please let me know how you like it.
Tana

Christine Horne
Christine Horne

How do you download?