Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Protein Smoothie

Ever since we got back from our holidays we have tried to get on track with our eating (as I am sure many of you are). I still have not mastered the art of eating exactly the way we eat at home while we are travelling. Anyone have some tips for me? This time around, we were staying at my brother & sister-in-law’s place so we had full access to the kitchen. We were able to pick up groceries a couple times and make my delicious kale salad (recipe to come) – which was a huge hit with the extended family and I think we ended up making 6 times…so good guys, really…recipe will be coming this month.

Still, when we returned home, we all felt a little lagged down. We did consume more wheat in the week then we have in a long, long time. Not only that, but we ate things that had processed sugar (like pie and ice cream). Sometimes, you just want to have pie with your entire family – OK !?! My body, however, told me otherwise. Feeling sluggish, struggling with brain fog (although, that might have been the jet leg) and a return of my eczema, I knew it was from the few things I had cut out of my diet due to sensitivities – came back to haunt me from a week of wanting to eat with my family while home for the holidays. My husband on the other hand was complaining of similar symptoms but the main one that was effecting him was exhaustion. Uh…oh…first sign of a possible flare up…not good. So it was back to making smoothies, green juices, puree soups – all things that are packed full of nutrition but easy for the body to digest.

This recipe comes from the Thrive Forward series. I chose to use the Vega One Vanilla nutritional shake but you can certainly use another plant-based protein source like hemp hearts, pea protein, or flax seeds. This shake turned out nice and creamy – almost like a milk shake. I thought about it later and I could have use the Vega One Chai powder with the same result (eliminating the additional spices I used to make this one and adding pure vanilla to balance the flavours). I am happy to report, that after two weeks of drinking more shakes, home-made green juices, soups and even avocado pudding (recipe to come), energy is returning for us and symptoms are disappearing. Funny how that works ;)

Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Protein Smoothie
Inspired by the Thrive Forward series.
  • ½ cup of fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled & chopped (can use purée if that's what you have on hand)
  • 1 whole apple, peeled & cored
  • 1 cup almond milk (you can use any no-dairy milk)
  • ⅓ cup protein powder (I used Vega One Vanilla)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in glass and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy amazing energy!


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