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I’m all for positive outlooks and beautiful sunrises, but it’s hard for me to get moving in the mornings. This time of year is so cold and we never know whether to put on the heat, or hold out for a few more weeks. And then if we do put on the heat, do we use the oil heat, or is it time to light up the pellet stove?? Generally, I wake up and Des hollers for waffles. He’ll also be missing one sock and one shoe, and Scarlet will trying to wear shorts to school. “But it’s cold!” I’ll say! “That’s ok,” she’ll reply. “I can just wear a winter coat.” With shorts. For me, mornings need an Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk® boost.
I admit, like with most things, I had a late start to the smoothie craze. Drinkable vitamins and minerals in the morning? Sounds brilliant. Cassidy is always making really awesome smoothies in the morning, so I thought it would be fun to make HIM a smoothie for once. Since it’s fall and apples and pumpkins are in full bloom around these New England parts, I decided to make a Pumpkin Apple Protein Smoothie, using Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk®. Fun fact about me – I’m less pumpkin spice obsessed than people think I am, and way more REAL pumpkin-obsessed. I LOVE actual pumpkin – from a pumpkin, from a can, whatever. In fact, I do love pumpkin spice coffee, but mostly when I make my own pumpkin syrup – using real pumpkin. I also love to put pumpkin in my oatmeal and lately, in my smoothies. It’s delicious, creamy and full of good, good things.
First, I gather the delicious ingredients. These can all be completely tailored to your taste buds and breakfast (or lunch/snack) needs. That’s the best part about smoothies – I feel like you can do no wrong if you make it to your taste.
3/4 cup of plain or Greek yogurt (You can use vanilla or maple as well, etc.)
1 apple, cut into chunks (I used a Gala apple and I DID peel it)
1/2 banana, sliced and chilled
1/2 cup of Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk®
1/8 tsp of cinnamon and/or other “Pumpkin Pie Spice” found HERE.
5 or 6 ice cubes
The thickness was good for me because I have trouble with foods when I don’t know whether to eat or drink them. This is nice to sip with a straw. If your smoothie is too thick, add more of the almond milk. If, on the other hand, it’s too watery, you can add more fruit. The banana has an amazing consistency for thickening. You can also use more apple and pumpkin.
Orgain’s lightly sweetened vanilla has less than half of the sugar of the leading brands’ sweetened vanilla almond milk. It has plant-based calcium and vitamin D, and is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and non-GMO.
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