I think this is one of my favourite smoothie recipes. It’s perfect for those cooler months and even better around Thanksgiving! It tastes just like pumpkin pie, but its low in sugar, and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc, fiber, and mono-unsaturated fatty acids. It also helps to alkalize the body’s PH levels and it provides anti-inflammatory properties.
I like to sneak some extra veggies into my smoothies when I can, so I added some steamed than frozen zucchini. If you have any type of digestive disorder, its probably best to eat cooked vegetables as opposed to raw. Cooked veggies are just easier to digest and your body doesn’t have to work as hard to break them down and receive nutrients! You can then freeze them and add them to your smoothies to give them that thick and creamy consistency.
I also always add collagen to my smoothies to get my protein fix. Collagen is extremely healing for the gut because it contains the amino acids proline and glycine which are essential for repairing damaged intestinal lining. It’s also great if, like me, you’re pretty much intolerant to all other protein powders, such as whey, rice, and pea protein.
GUT HEALING PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE:
Makes 2 servings
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin pureé
- 1 cup of steamed than frozen zucchini
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 scoops of collagen (I use Organika Enhanced Collagen)
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk (I use Aroy-D Coconut Milk)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
- Coconut whipped cream (optional)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender except for the coconut whipped cream and cinnamon.
- Pour smoothie into 2 glasses.
- Optional: Top with coconut whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.