Sure, we'd like to wake up every morning and sit down to a pumpkin spice latte with a huge slice of whipped cream-topped pumpkin pie — but we don't, because we know it would slow us down at the gym and lead to a midday sugar crash.
If you want a healthy pumpkin breakfast or snack that feels like a treat, try this protein-packed pumpkin smoothie, which features all those feel-good baking spices typically associated with fall and pumpkin pie.
Thanks to the addition of vegan protein powder, this smoothie contains 18 grams of plant-based protein. One of these at breakfast will help keep your appetite in check throughout the morning — whether you're working out or going straight to the office.
The health benefits don't stop there: The pumpkin puree brings a healthy dose of vitamin A and fiber to the mix, while the addition of turmeric means the smoothie has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
So the next time you get a craving for a fall treat full of sugar and empty calories, know that you can make this pumpkin protein smoothie instead. After all, there's no need to blow your health goals just because the holidays are approaching.