Add extra flavor to your smoothies and make them even more enjoyable by adding some pumpkin! Pumpkin is a perfect companion to boost the flavor, fiber and creamy texture of traditional smoothies made with apple, banana, peach and mango.
Or you can make a pumpkin-only version with this recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (170 calories, 2g fat):
Grab a blender and combine:
3/4 cup light vanilla soymilk,
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin,
1/4 cup fat-free whipped topping (thawed from frozen),
1 tbsp. sugar-free calorie-free vanilla syrup,
1/2 tsp. cinnamon,
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice,
2 no-calorie sweetener packets,
1 cup crushed ice (or 5 – 8 ice cubes).
Blend all of these ingredients at a high speed until the mixture is smooth, then pour into a glass.
To make it perfect: add a spoonful of whipped topping and then sprinkle this with the crumbs of 2 crushed low-fat honey graham crackers!
Serious pumpkin lovers will also enjoy adding some healthy pumpkin to their favorite light cheese or tomato-based sauce recipes, or try this: Perfect Pumpkin Pasta Sauce.
Source: Lisa Lillien