Hello! I have survived the crazy schedule of fall sports for two boys. I love having my kids participate in activities and usually miss them when they are over for the season. However, I am completely enjoying the first week of no practices and games. Plus, it is starting to get pretty chilly in the midwest so those practices and games tend to drag when you are cold. Karate, floor hockey and basketball are up next on the schedule but for a couple of weeks we have a little break!
With the end of October here, so ends the farmer’s market season. I am so bummed. I absolutely love my Wednesday mornings when I go to the market. I even missed yesterday because I have a sick kid at home with me. Boo. At my last visit to the market, I bought a pumpkin for $2. It is a pie pumpkin so I had plans to bake and purée it for recipes. Just one medium sized pumpkin gave me cups and cups full of purée- way cheaper and healthier than buying canned pumpkin. I made myself and my husband some pumpkin pie overnight oats as soon as I puréed the pumpkin.
I love overnight oats. They are so easy to make and are extremely convenient to grab on the go in the morning. My husband tends to not eat breakfast so its a perfect meal to send with him as he leaves for work. I plan to freeze the majority of my purée to use throughout the winter.
Yesterday I was hunting for a snack but we are low on food. My sick kid has put a damper on my grocery shopping routine. I remembered my bowl of pumpkin so I decided to try a pumpkin protein shake. This shake takes less than five minutes to make so if you are in a hurry in the morning, try making one for yourself instead of skipping breakfast. I prefer to eat my meals. I am not into meal replacement shakes because I love food. However, I much rather you have a shake for breakfast if you tend to skip that meal. Do not skip meals! You are not doing yourself a favor in any means. You are not saving calories. Most likely by the time you do eat, you are going to eat more than you should because you are starving. Do not deprive yourself of food! Your body needs that fuel to get through the day. The stores and markets are full of pumpkins right now. Go buy one. Cut off the top, slice it in half, scoop out the insides and throw it in the oven. I put my two halves face down on a baking sheet and baked at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. Let the pumpkin cool before you purée the flesh. I used a Cuisinart Smart Stick to purée my pumpkin. One pumpkin will give you plenty of purée for recipes! I also plan to make some pumpkin baked doughnuts for my kids this week end.
Pumpkin Protein Shake
- 1 cup choice of milk (I am obsessed with cashew milk right now)
- vanilla protein powder (follow the directions on your container for how many scoops to add)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp chia seeds (add after blending)
- handful of greens such as spinach or kale (optional)
Add the first five ingredients to your blender. I tend to only add a frozen banana and not ice cubes because I do not like my shakes frozen. I like them to be a bit more soupy in consistency. I have found that the larger the frozen banana, the more frozen your shake will turn out. Go ahead and add some ice cubes if you prefer a more frozen consistency. I did not add a handful of spinach to the shake I made yesterday but plan to add it to my shake today. I like being able to get an easy serving of greens in a shake. You don’t taste it at all. It just changes the color of the shake. I promise! As my shake is blending, I add a teaspoon of chia seeds to my glass. Once you add the add the shake to the glass, be sure to stir well or the chia seeds will form a gianormous blob of goo at the bottom of your glass! Don’t like chia seeds? Don’t add them!
This shake will NOT taste like a pumpkin spice latte. It is a very mild pumpkin flavor. Want a little more spice? You could probably add another dash of pumpkin spice to your shake. A dash of cinnamon would be good, too. I did not make up this recipe myself. I just looked at other recipes to see how much pumpkin they used and added it to my base shake recipe. You can play around with the seasoning to get it to your liking. I think PSLs are disgusting so this mild tasting shake appealed to me!
Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Sharing is caring! I would love to try it! I am not on the crazy pumpkin spice loving train but I DO like to try pumpkin recipes! With pumpkin in abundance right now, it is great to try new recipes!