Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pump-Pump-Pumkin it up!

Getting out of bed is rough.  Especially when the rest of your house is dead asleep, it's pitch black outside, and no one has made coffee for you (Folgers coffee has us living in a pipe dream!!!).  The best part of waking up has always been coffee in my cup, but there has to be something that will keep me from passing out before noon.  Usually I don't have much time for breakfast before 7 am.  Who has this time?  I'd like to meet them and bribe them to make me pancakes.

So I'm trying something.  I like sippable things.  I enjoy pumpkin and fall spices.  But I also enjoy something that I can take with me and not worry about getting egg on my dress or syrup down my blouse.

Enter:  Pumpkin Smoothie.

*angels singing*

This subtly sweet and filling smoothie is rife with pure pumpkin puree, yummy low fat yogurt, oats, and other kinds of goodness.  Oh.  And there's a banana.  Potassium city!  This smoothie is, well, smooth.  It's got amazing flavor and tastes like a pumpkin ray of sunshine.  You could even turn this into a full on milkshake and sub out the yogurt for vanilla bean ice cream, then take out the honey and use maple syrup.  WE ARE MAKING MAGIC HERE.

Seriously, it's changing my morning.  Soon I'll be coming to you with crazy things with kale, kiwi and who knows what else.  Okay... maybe not kale.  I just can't do that.

So let's make smoothies.  Let's toast to our health.  And let's get the heck out of the door before 7am with some form of sustenance!!

Pumpkin Smoothie (makes 1)
From A Beautiful Mess

3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  If you need to thin it out because your cute paper straw is too small, add a 1/4 cup of milk and then blend again.  Pour and enjoy!

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