Pumpkin Maple Protein Smoothie

photo-114It’s fall, so obviously everyone is into anything pumpkin related. I thought people were going to die of excitement when Starbucks finally released their PSL (pumpkin spice latte… who knew it was being abbreviated these days?) on September 3!! Three days past August is NOT considered fall people. So now that its October and it actually IS fall, I’m jumping on the pumpkin wagon!photo-346 I love getting my fix of pumpkin treats but if you’re not careful that casual PSL in the morning can run you close to 400 calories! I don’t know about you but that is way more than I’m willing to waist on a cup-o-joe! This protein smoothie is a great way to satisfy your pumpkin craving without killing your waistline (which is always an added bonus going into the holiday season!) photo-347I use Teras Whey protein powder that I purchase from Whole Foods but any kind of vanilla protein powder will do. Also be sure to use canned pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling (there is a difference!)photo-348Pumpkin Maple Protein Smoothie by Ski Boots in the Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (make your own if you don’t have it)
  • hand full of ice cubes

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! photo-349