Sunday, October 16, 2016

Autumn-flavored Healthy Smoothies

It's that time of year when amazing flavors come into our crockpots and ovens, but it's also a great time to think about making smoothies more autumn flavored items that are in season and bursting with tons of nutrients. Here's just some smoothies - 

Autumn Smoothie Flavors/Ingredients
Walnuts, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, granny smith apple, persimmon, pomegranate, pumpkin, butternut squash, pear, oatmeal, maple syrup, star anise, cranberry, chai spices.

Autumn Smoothie
2 C Apple Cider
2 Tea Bags of Rooibos Tea
1/2 C Pumpkin Puree'
1 Banana
1 Apple, cored
1/4 + 1/8 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Warm cider just to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes. Discard the tea bags. In a high speed blender, add the cider-tea mixture, pumpkin, banana, apple, cinnamon and vanilla. Blend starting on low speed, then increase to high speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down the blender. Blend again until smooth, about 20 more seconds. Taste to see if you prefer more cinnamon here. If so, add a 1/8 tsp more and blend for a few seconds. I added up to a total of 1/2 tsp.

Hachiya Autumn Smoothie
3 ripe Hachiya persimmons
1 frozen banana
2 C almond milk
1/4 tsp allspice

Give the persimmons a whirl in the blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend away.

Autumn in a Glass
½ cup roasted butternut squash (or pumpkin squash)
1 apple, cored
1 tbsp almond butter
1 cup (8 oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
dash of cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes

Roast squash in 450 oven cubed with olive oil, salt and pepper 20-30 mins until soft. Take out of oven and set aside. Wash and prepare apple. Put all these items into blender on high for a minute. (380 calories, 7 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, 18 grams sugar)

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