It’s that time of year when pumpkins are everywhere. I love pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, just to name a few things. However, I really want to eat healthy and one healthy way that I like to use pumpkin is in my carrot and apple drinks.
The drinks are a great way for me to get my daily vegetable intake. I don’t always have an easy time with that so any short cut is welcomed. I do like my carrot and apple drinks even without the pumpkin, but it is nice to add a little variety to them on occasion. My Vitamix is a great way for me to mix up this healthy drink, but I am sure it can work well in other types of blenders as well.
My Vitamix is one of my favorite kitchen appliances.
I add the following ingredients in order to the Vitamix.
1/4 cup of water
Single serving plain Greek yogurt
A little less than 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds (I usually use seeds, but I could see how pumpkin puree would work too.)
2 carrots cut in half
1 apple cored and sliced (Gala or Fuji are my favorites)
Fresh Stevia or packet
1/2 cup ice
Once I add everything to the Vitamix, I start on variable 1, increase the speed to ten, and then switch it to high for about 30 seconds or until everything is mixed. Personally, I like the flavor and I feel good drinking it with all the healthy ingredients. My husband cannot get over the color, but I can look past that because for me it tastes good.
I am a big fan of smoothies, but I feel like I am doing something healthier with these carrot and apple drinks and I think pumpkin is great to add this time of the year in whatever creative ways that we can concoct.