By Be Well Health Coach Kerry Bajaj
Happy Halloween! Instead of filling up on leftover Halloween candy, here is a nourishing and naturally sweet breakfast smoothie to start your day and keep sugar cravings at bay. Who needs a Snickers bar when you can have pumpkin pie in a mug for breakfast?
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- ½ frozen banana (or 1/4 avocado for a lower-sugar option)
- 1 packet of Sustain protein powder
- 1 tsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 6-8 oz of water
- 4 ice cubes
If your morning routine doesn’t allow for steaming a whole pumpkin, here are some brands of BPA-free canned pumpkin:
Pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin A, fiber and iron. Blackstrap molasses is my favorite sweetener to use in the fall. It’s mineral-rich, full of manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. The ground flax seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and of course cinnamon is great for satisfying a sweet tooth and reducing inflammation.
Blend this up for a delicious, satisfying breakfast!