Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie

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Sundays are my usually my biggest training days because I have the most free time. I had a five mile run planned for the morning and I like to get up really early and get it out of the way before it gets too hot and before CBS Sunday Morning starts because I am a 31 year old nerd and it is my favorite show. I had a few pieces of cantaloupe before my run and then I was on my way.

Maybe I am the only one who does this, but does anyone else listen to podcasts when they run instead of music? My favorites are Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, The Moth, Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution and the Jillian Michaels Show. It just keeps me more entertained than music and I usually learn something, too. Is that weird?

Anyway, I was very smart and put breakfast in the oven before I left for my run. I made my Zesty Italian Brunch Bake and Kevin took over after I left for my run. It was nice to come home to a hot and ready meal! I also made a new smoothie recipe that I am going to share with you today! It is a Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie and it was a great, Whole30 approved, post-workout treat.

After we watched Sunday Morning and let our breakfast settle, we headed over to the pool to get our swim on. We took the Flip camera and videotaped ourselves swimming. I never knew what a horrible swimmer I was until yesterday – it was great for my self esteem! Kidding, it was good to see what I need to work on.

We stopped for coffee after our swim and after running a few other errands it was 2:00 and we still hadn’t eaten lunch. Because I am finally getting more organized with my meal planning I knew exactly what I wanted to make and there was no “What are we going to have for lunch?” confusion. I made a stir fry with chicken, green chili paste, carrots and a frozen veggie mix from Trader Joe’s. It was good and because I planned ahead I made enough to take leftovers to work on Monday.

I thought pumpkin and blueberry sounded like an odd combination for this smoothie, but I’ve seen pumpkin muffins or bread with blueberries so I decided to give it a shot. The protein comes from powdered egg whites, which can be omitted if you don’t have them around. This was a good way to cool down and get some carbs and protein post-workout. What is your favorite post-workout meal?

Pumpkin Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Serves: 2
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 scoop egg white protein powder
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup loosely packed spinach
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions
-Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
-Sip and enjoy!

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6 Responses

  1. Sharon Cathey

    This is a terrific combination! I have made it your way a couple of times…Currently doing whole30 with my 20 year old daughter. We are using it as a workout recovery drink today. Used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a scoop of Amazing Greens instead of spinach, 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon…can you tell I might need to go shopping? Anyway, it tastes great. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. That is so great you guys are doing the Whole30 together – it is always good to have someone going through it with you!

  3. Super tasty smoothie! Really enjoyed – the pumpkin pie spice is a winner!

  4. Thanks! This is definitely one of my favorites!

  5. Is this canned coconut milk or the kind you drink?

  6. I use light canned coconut milk. If you are using full-fat and it isn't pourable, I would blend it in the blender with a can of water to thin it out.

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