Halloween Pumpkin Smoothie


1 can pumpkin puree (or use the homemade recipe below and make it fresh)
1 c skim milk
1 med banana
1 t honey
1/8 t. cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg

Put all ingredients into blender and whirl until smooth. You can add more milk a tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.

Homemade pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base.
Remove seeds and pulp (you can roast seeds if you like)
Cover each half with foil.
Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up, 1 hour, or until tender.
Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender or food processor.
Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces.
Store frozen in freezer bags.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

tropical fruit

With summer upon us, I thought I’d liven up the joint with some seasonal tropical fruit ideas.


1 c. pineapple
1 med banana
1/2 c. mango
1/4 c. papaya
3/4 c. nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 water
1/3 c. frozen orange juice (I use 5 alive myself)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if using as meal replacement or post workout drink)


blend together frozen juice, water, and fruit
add protein powder and yogurt
blend until smooth and creamy

Vanilla Almond Smoothie



1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp honey
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 c ice


Blend until smooth

Optional: I have been known to substitute powdered almonds for the extract and protein powder. About 2 tablespoons almonds and omit the extract and protein powder.


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Warm Banana Bread Smoothie

warm banana smoothie


1 c. warm water (milk works too) (not too hot if using a glass blender, as it could break)
1 medium banana (overripe if you have it)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger (I’ve also used nutmeg and omitted altogether)
1 T. ground walnut (optional)

I drink this as is, but hubby adds sugar to it so sweeten to taste :)


Mix all ingredients until smooth and drink warm.

Cauliflower and Cabbage Smoothie

cauliflower smoothie


1 cup skim milk
1/2 large banana
3/4 cup frozen Mango or Papaya
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup cauliflower floretts
3/4 cup shredded cabbage
3 Tbsp. Vanilla Protein Powder
2 T. Flax seed (powdered, or you can use oil but oil wont add fiber). Optional, for Vitamin B, fiber, antioxidants, omega 3 benefits.


Add milk, banana, and veggies to blender and whirl until chopped up well.
Add Yogurt and blend.
Add Mango and blend
Add Protein powder and flax seed and blend until smooth.