It's the first week of September, so everyone knows what that means - PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING!
I'm not usually one to jump on bandwagons like these, but I have to admit - pumpkin and those cozy fall spices just taste so good after a long, hot summer.
But, since that ever-so-popular pumpkin spice drink is not so real food friendly, I decided to take matters into my own pumpkin spiced hands and create my own version. One that has some great gut healing properties but still tastes like fall in a glass.
My Gut Healing Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is 100% real food, and 100% still tastes like all things fall and pumpkin.
The secret is to use frozen canned pumpkin which makes this smoothie so thick and creamy! (what I do is scoop out 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin into individual plastic bags and then store them in the freezer for these smoothies)
I used kefir made from cow's milk in the original version to give it the added gut healing benefits of probiotics from a fermented food, but if you don't tolerate dairy you can definitely substitute any non-dairy milk or kefir instead.
And of course I included one of my favorite gut healing supplements (and a part of my Top 5 Keys to Gut Healing) - collagen peptides. Collagen is a gut healing super star, and is a key player in helping to heal the gut lining and preventing/reversing leaky gut!
Gut Healing Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen canned pumpkin
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup kefir (or dairy-free milk if you don't tolerate dairy)
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
1. Add the frozen pumpkin and frozen banana to a high speed blender.
2. Add the kefir and scoop of collagen and blend until smooth and creamy.
3. Add in all the spices and blend on low until the spices are fully mixed in.
4. Pour into a glass and enjoy all the gut healing benefits while being transported into a fall wonderland of all things pumpkin and spice.
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