The Great Pumpkin – With Protein, Even

One of the things I love most about the holidays is the nostalgia of the foods that were on the table at my grandmother’s house, at my aunt’s house and on our own kitchen table.  Of course that had to include pumpkin pie! Over the years, I’ve added to my pumpkin-loving list: pumpkin cookies and, more recently, a pumpkin latte with a pumpkin spice bagel, or a wonderful pumpkin soup.  Of course, the primary problem with many of my “nostalgia foods” is that they aren’t necessarily all that healthy.

In my search for small things to do today that make tomorrow amazing, I came across this recipe for a Pumpkin Latte Shake (Tomatoe, Tomato – you say smoothie, I say shake!).

Here’s what you need:

Just mix

2 scoops of Vanilla Shaklee Energizing Life Shake (this is where the protein comes from)

8 ounces of Unsweetened Almond  or Cashew Milk

1 tsp instant coffee*

1 tbs pumpkin pie puree^

4-5 ice cubes

cinnamon & nutmeg to taste

Add dry ingredients to wet in blender, and blend all ingredients until smooth.

*Notes & Variations

Instead of Instant Coffee (who keeps that around if you drink coffee regularly??), try substituting a 1/2 cup of cold / room temperature coffee in place of the cashew milk.  Better yet, keep the cashew milk and use ice cubes created from your leftover, strongly-brewed coffee.

Pumpkin pie puree:  Sure, you can get a can of pumpkin pie filling and scoop it away a tablespoon at a time. But here’s a quick and easy way to have pumpkin puree around for just such occasions.  (If you use frozen puree, then use liquid coffee. )

That’s all there is to it!  I get the best of the old an new pumpkin classics — all in a healthy, protein-packed meal replacement!