Pumpkin was probably my first ever favorite pie and it still ranks pretty high on the list. Aren’t you excited to see all the pumpkin recipes out now? I for one, can’t get enough of them…and I will have no problem eating pumpkin “whatever” until winter.
Pumpkin to me is very much like the white potato. It gets a bad rap because it is usually paired with things that aren’t as healthy…like cream cheese frosting and ice cream. However, pumpkin is actually one of the healthiest foods that you can eat – very much like it’s orange friend the sweet potato. Both are very rich in antioxidants including beta-carotene (which gives them the orange color) and vitamins A and C. It also has lots of fiber and potassium. The vitamins A, C and zinc are great for your skin, too. So,just like the potato – eat your pumpkin – just try to eat it in the healthy form every once in a while. Plus, I always say, if you are going to have a dessert it is great if you can include some type of nutrition among the sugar and butter. I am not a nutritionist so I could be totally off on that, but I like that whole school of thought:-)
So this smoothie is a great option for an afternoon snack and a great treat for the kiddos when they get off the bus. I wanted it to have some pumpkin pie flavor so not only did I use the pumpkin pie filling, but I also added some graham crackers right into the blender with the other ingredients. The cracker kind of melts right into the smoothie and gives it a little different texture. I like it.
I use non-fat plain yogurt and add my own sweetness with the honey and the pumpkin pie filling is already pretty sweet. I have to admit, I normally would not use the filling because I like to spice and sweeten things myself, but my store only had the filling left so that is what I bought. It is still not a bad option. Oh yes, and Libby’s pumpkin is the best (right mom?)
So try this smoothie today – it is a great one for fall. Enjoy!
- ¼ cup pumpkin pie filling
- ½ cup plain non-fat yogurt
- 2 tablespoons skim milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 graham crackers
- 1 good handful of ice cubes
- Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend well until the ice cubes are completely crushed and blended into the smoothie.