Ditch the pumpkin spice latte already and drink this instead!
You may have seen it on social media before or it may come to you as a complete surprise but Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte does not contain any pumpkin. I repeat – no pumpkin whatsoever! What it does contain is an ungodly amount of sugar, caramel coloring (which is considered a carcinogen), artificial flavors and preservatives. Yuck!
So, if you’re craving more fall flavors (and possibly even have some ingredients left over from making my Breakfast Cookies last week) why not concoct a pumpkin turmeric green smoothie today? It conveniently increases your daily fruit and veggie intake and gives you an extra dose of antioxidants all while satisfying your sweet tooth. Healthy indulgence, mamas! Still didn’t believe it could be done, did ya?
- 1 cup organic mixed greens, packed
- 1/4 cup organic pumpkin purée
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (no sugar or salt added)
- 1 splash of pure maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Half a scoop of ice (optional)
- Throw all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend like madness.
- Drink up (but not before you post a picture on Instagram telling everyone how much you love all things #fall).
- Added sugar in the form of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup is pretty much in anything and everything (especially packaged foods!) and is considered public enemy #1. Why? Besides containing a ton of calories with zero essential nutrients, it is incredibly bad for your teeth and can be highly addictive to some people. Large amounts of sugar can also lead to liver damage, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. For more information on why sugar is detrimental to your health, check out this article by Authority Nutrition that covers the subject in great (and easy to understand) detail.
- Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant and is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has been known for its strong antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory properties for centuries in both the traditional Indian and Chinese medicine systems. It is used to treat a variety of illnesses and diseases such as arthritis, heartburn, intestinal problems, as well as liver, kidney and gallbladder disorders. Many studies have also proven that turmeric can help in treating and even preventing Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer.
- As always, feel free to change up the recipe depending on what you like and have available. Any nut butter, variety of leafy green and “milk” of your choice would do.