Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another Yummy Pumpkin Recipe

I am LOVING all things pumpkin right now!!! I can't get enough of it!

BUT- my body (ok, my pants!) cannot take any more high fat, high calorie meals right now! Thanksgiving just pushed me over the edge!!

So, after a great workout today, I was craving something pumpkin. What a better post-workout snack than a Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake!

I googled " pumpkin protein shake" and a bunch of recipes popped up. So I created one of my own that mixed and matched things to make it perfect for me (and the ingredients that I had on hand).

Let me tell you... It was DELICIOUS!!! It literally tasted like I was drinking pumpkin pie...but without any sugar (other than what's in milk) or the fat, or the calories!!

Here's my recipe:
-1 cup milk (I used 2% b/c that's what we had, but almond, soy, skim would all work too!)
-1/2 cup canned pumpkin
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice (around this much, the original recipe called for 1/2 tsp but it was NOT enough for I kept adding more and more dashes)
-Stevia in the Raw added to taste (or any other sweetener you use)

Blend all ingredients together and serve over ice. If you wanted it more like a smoothie, you could add the ice right in the blender. I wanted it thicker and creamier so I just poured it right over the ice.

While the Pumpkin Cheesecake bars were amazing, it's great to enjoy something as much without ANY of the guilt (my shake: 260 calories)!! Mmmmmm!!!! Enjoy!