Get Pumpkin Pumped: Half a cup of pumpkin puree is low in calories (42), high in fiber (3.5 grams), and a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. It's also high in iron (1.5 milligrams), which is important in producing hemoglobin and carrying oxygen around your body, thereby increasing your energy levels.
Power: 1 serving
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- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup canned organic pumpkin
- 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup
- 2 Medjool Dates, gutted
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ orange peel
Put all ingredients (except ice) in a blender and stir until smooth. Add four to five ice cubes and mix. Add more ice cubes to the desired thickness.
Nutritional information (per serving): 309 calories, 55 g total carbohydrates, 22 g protein, 5 g fat, 9 g fiber
Make it spicier: Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and its naturally sweet taste is a great addition to any recipe when you want to cut down on the amount of sugar required.
Go organic: Use organic oranges when peeling to avoid pesticides. Pleasure can improve digestion and reduce stomach bloating.
Almond alternative: Almond milk is low in calories and rich in the minerals manganese, copper and vitamin B2 (riboflavin), all of which are important for energy production.