Pumpkin Flavored Kefir Smoothie

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Ingredients

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1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice you can also use cinnamon or nutmeg if you prefer
3 Tablespoons of pumpkin
1 cup of milk kefir

Pumpkin Flavored Kefir Smoothie

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    It doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy a delicious smoothie made with pumpkin. Whip this smoothie up for the afternoon or if you want something cold and delicious while you are doing tasks around the house. The great taste of pumpkin will instantly cool you down mind, body, and soul.

    • 5 minutes
    • Serves 1
    • Easy

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    Did you know that one cup of cooked pumpkin, mashed, has over 200% of the recommended Vitamin A intake?  According to the National Institute of Health, It also helps with vision, including seeing in dimmer light.

    When it comes to fiber, your body will appreciate the great taste of pumpkin. There is about three grams of fiber per cup of pumpkin. Fiber can not only keep your digestive system on track but it can also assist when trying to lose weight.

    Pumpkins have a particularly important role to play as well. Because it contains beta-carotene it could also play a role in preventing cancer from forming.

    If you love to munch on pumpkin seeds, here’s another good reason to carry on. Pumpkin seeds have what is known to us as amino acid tryptophan. Because amino acid is relevant to producing serotonin, it can effect your mood.

    Being exposed to so many different germs and bugs throughout our day, it’s important to do whatever we can to build a strong immune system. One of these ways is to consume pumpkin which has Vitamin C.  Just one cup of pumpkin, cooked, can contain over eleven milligrams.

    When it comes to the heart, it’s obviously very important to protect and consider when selecting foods. Rest assured, pumpkin will be good for your heart because of the fiber which acts as a protector. As tempting as it may be, you still can’t eat those desserts made with pumpkin; it’s very important that you choose healthy recipes, such as this one – Pumpkin Smoothie.

    For this recipe, you will need milk kefir. If you haven’t made it before, you can get the recipe here. When preparing your pumpkin, you can purchase a freshly picked pumpkin if it’s in season. If not, you will be able to use frozen or canned. Be sure to opt for organic pumpkin when choosing canned pumpkin.

    Ingredients for this recipe

    Before you begin, gather up all your ingredients to save yourself time. You will need:

    • 1/8 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
    • 1/8 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, you can also use cinnamon or nutmeg if you prefer
    • 3 Tablespoons of pumpkin
    • 1 Cup of milk kefir

    Before you start, make sure that your pumpkin is pureed if you bought a fresh pumpkin instead of canned.

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    Steps

    1
    Done
    2 minutes

    Prepare the Pumpkin

    You will want to puree three tablespoons of the pumpkin all at once.

    2
    Done
    1 minute

    Add the Spice

    While pureeing your pumpkin, sprinkle in the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Blend thoroughly

    3
    Done
    1 minute

    Add the vanilla extract

    Stop the blender long enough to pour in the vanilla extract and proceed to blend until the vanilla is completely blended well.

    4
    Done
    1 minute

    Add the milk kefir

    Pour in the cup of milk kefir to the seasoned pumpkin puree and blend until all is mixed.

    5
    Done

    Chill

    This recipe tastes best when it is chilled. Place it back into the refrigerator half an hour to one hour before the pumpkin smoothie has cooled down.

    To make this drink even more tasty, top it with a nice swirl of low fat whipped cream. You can also serve it with a simple dash of cinnamon.

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    Why isn’t there an ingredient for sweetening this kefir drink? How much honey or maple syrup would you use for this? Or Stevia? I can’t imagine drinking this without any sweetener. However, that being said, I do love plain kefir 🙂 Maybe I’ll try it without any sweetener and add it if needed.

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