Different from the traditional smoothie components, pumpkin is a great addition to smoothies, as it provides fiber, beta carotene and vitamin C and is low in calories. Also, the addition of spices not only contributes to flavor but also provides various health benefits. This snack is super simple and quick, and the ingredients are readily available at this time of the year.
Yields 2 servings
½ cup pumpkin (fresh or canned)
½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup orange-carrot juice
1 cup water or ice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 pinch of nutmeg
½ teaspoon freshly minced ginger
1 chopped date
2 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add extra water if needed.