Fall is upon us and everyone seems to have their own variation of a pumpkin pie protein shake. All are worthy in my little opinion and all serve different purposes. Pumpkins are nutritionally a great food containing beta carotene and a whole host of vitamins and minerals. So pumpkin pie protein shakes with pureed pumpkin are a more than worthy choice.
The recipe I am sharing today is for a specific situation. Picture it, your life, and it’s eight-ish in the evening. You had a luncheon at work today and you went a little nutso with the potluck noodle dish. Your calories are this close to being too high and you still need a good dose of protein to bring your day into balance. The following variation of the pumpkin pie protein shake is for you!
This makes a great low-cal variation to any protein shake arsenal!
Nik’s Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
8 oz. milk (skim, soy, whatever…)
1 scoop vanilla whey
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or sugar-free Pumpkin Pie syrup if you have it)
6-8 cubes of ice
Optional: 2 packets of Splenda, a dollop of “whippage” (whipped cream)
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I do something similar:
1/2 c. skim milk
2 heaping scoops Genisoy Ultra natural soy protein
1 heaping tablespoon canned pumpkin (not pie mix)
vanilla, cinnamon, allspice
2-3 packet sweet n'low (I'm a sweet n'low girl)
4 ice cubes, then blend – YUM!
That sounds yummy! I sometimes do it with pumpkin too.