Pumpkins spice season is here and there is nothing that says fall like this flavor.
There are so many ways to incorporate pumpkin into our daily routines but more than that I want to show you an excellent way to include more dairy into your diet! Our sixteen year old is on the hunt these days for ways to increase his protein intake. Milk is a great way to do this!
Let me show you how easy this smoothie is to make.
- 1 c cow milk
- 1 c ice
- 3/4 c pumpkin puree
- 1 banana
- 1/2 c vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 c oats
- 2 teaspoons of pumpkins pie spice
- 2 T sugar (if you want it sweet) you could also do honey
We always want to remember (and this is something I am always reminding our teen who has reached an age where he really cares about his physical fitness), nutrition is more than counting calories; it’s about making each calorie count. And dairy does it! Dairy foods (cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) pack a powerful nutrient punch with nine (9) essential nutrients, making them a healthy and delicious choice. So not only is this shake perfect because of our love for pumpkin, but we are making the calories count.
Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Yes, even the dry oatmeal… no worries it will get all mixed up in there.
Did you know that at 8 grams of protein per glass, you would have to drink 8 cups of almond milk to match the protein in just 1 cup of cow’s milk.
Get every last drop of that milk!!
Blend in your bullet or traditional blender for about 1 minute or until everything is well combined.
Once it is combined well, pour it into your favorite glass or mug. This made enough for two full drinks.
I topped it with a little whipped topping which you can omit if you want.
I also added some more pumpkin pie spice to the top.
It is truly that simple!
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This post is sponsored by Dairy Max. All opinions and the enjoyment of milk is my own. And with six boys in the house we do go through a TON of milk!