Fitness Crazed Foodie
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Ok ok this is my last pumpkin recipe... I'm getting pumpkin-ed out and it's only November. Not good. I'm going to have to take a short break from pumpkin spiced everything because Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all know what kind of desserts come with that holiday...
This last pumpkin recipe is a healthy, high protein, low carb shake. I'm calling it a shake because when I picture smoothies I think of fruit and yogurt, but when I think of shakes I think of creamy and filling. This recipe is definitely more of the creamy and filling type, without any fruit. BUT it is still healthy and great substitute for dessert cravings or just for a high protein meal and/or snack.
I based this recipe off of Quest Bar's Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you want a hot treat with lots of protein, try out that recipe! I usually drink my coffee black, so instead of making this latte I decided to change the recipe around and make a shake with the Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar. The bar has 21g of protein and very few grams of sugar, so it is a great base for the shake to fuel you for a couple hours.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
1 Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
Couple dashes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
Handful of ice cubes
Optional: 1/2 tbsp light agave, or 1 package of sweetener (I use Equal)
Calories: about 275
Heat up the Quest Bar in the microwave for 20 seconds, or until very gooey. Put the bar in the blender with all the ingredients. I would blend everything up and taste it before deciding whether to add extra sweetness to it. Some people don't like very sweet things, so if that's you and you think it needs more flavor, add more cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice instead of sweetener.
It's as easy as that. Enjoy!
Side note- If you make smoothies/shakes a lot, I highly recommend to get the Nutribullet or VitaMix or any other brand that has a single serving blender! It is so simple to just make one serving, put a lid on it, and take it to-go with you. Even if you aren't on the go, you can make the serving and wash out the cup really easily, instead of the entire blender. Definitely makes my life easier!
I really like fall if you can't tell.
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