Let’s face it — everyone is always short on time. Between family, work, training, and obviously…racing as often as possible, time to think about not only what to eat, but what you should eat often becomes an afterthought. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
In this recipe, we present another tasty smoothie idea that will literally only take like 5 minutes to make but will provide enough nutrients to keep you full for awhile. If you’re getting your training in first thing in the morning, this makes an excellent post-training smoothie. It provides most everything you need to replenish glycogen stores and help recover muscles through the carb, natural sugar, and protein counts. Plus, it will also provide you with calcium, potassium, and sodium… which are all essential electrolytes to restoring balance in your body.
This rich and creamy pumpkin coconut smoothie has natural sugars (not added) so you can enjoy it guilt-free. With just five ingredients, this recipe is quick to whip up! If you’d like, you can add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to increase the protein value (I would recommend vanilla so as not to drown out the pumpkin flavor).
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup organic pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (can substitute cinnamon and ginger or cinnamon and nutmeg)
- 1 frozen banana sliced (or fresh bananas — frozen just helps the smoothie stay colder).
- 1 cup ice
Add the coconut milk, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, banana, and ice to your blender of choice and
blend until smooth. If you’re adding a protein powder, add it in as well prior to blending. Enjoy!
According to most online nutrition calculators, this tasty fall pumpkin coconut smoothie combo will give you about 3g of protein, 20g of carbs (remember, carbs are your friend when training/racing!), and comes in at under 300 calories. There is a slightly high natural sugar content (about 8g) and sodium content (18mg), but also provides much-needed iron, calcium, potassium, fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. (24g fat/21g saturated fat).
Let us know how it goes if you try this tasty pumpkin coconut smoothie recipe out!