For a Festive Treat, Try a Smooth and Creamy Pumpkin Shake

by | Nov 13, 2019 | Blog, Diet And Nutrition, Recipes

Fall is here, and it’s time to introduce a popular winter squash into your meal plan: pumpkin. Pumpkins are full of beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidative vitamin that helps strengthen your immune system and fight off infections. 
This creamy pumpkin shake is dairy-free and has no added sweeteners. It makes for a great mid-afternoon snack to tide you over until dinner because the fiber in pumpkin will help you feel satiated. Fiber also has anti-inflammatory properties that can decrease inflammation markers in the body. 
To turn this shake into an easy meal, bulk up the recipe by adding 2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder. 
PREP TIME | 5 minutes
Macros per serving: Protein: 4 grams | Fat: 24 grams | Carbs: 17 grams

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons coconut cream
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice

Optional: Add 2 tablespoons of your protein powder of choice

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend at high speed until the mixture is well-blended.
  3. If you want to add protein powder, blend the first 5 ingredients first. Then add your protein powder and blend until the mixture is well-combined.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

We hope you enjoy this festive pumpkin shake as a holiday treat. At Lung Health Institute, we offer the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™) to our patients who are trying to incorporate more nutritious, anti-inflammatory meals into their diets. AI² is a wellness plan designed for people who have chronic lung conditions. It includes foods to eat and avoid, healthy recipes and wellness tips that can help decrease full-body inflammation. If you would like to learn more about AI² and its benefits, contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today. 

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