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Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

Or…How to Use Up All the Leftover Pumpkin You Have in the House

Are you feeling pumpkin’d out yet? I really am starting to. I feel like Pumpkin season started really early this year, and now, here we are, two weeks from Hallowe’en, and I’m already starting to feel sick of them.

So, this is my last pumpkin post.  Almost certainly. For now. 😉

pumpkin pie smoothie

If you made some of the pumpkin things or, a pie for Thanksgiving, you likely bought a can of pumpkin puree, or maybe you made your own. Either way, there’s a good chance you have some left over, hanging out in your fridge. I know I do.

It’s not really enough to make something with… so what do you do with it? Well, it’s excellent added (a couple of tablespoons) to your pancake or waffle batter, or added to your egg/milk mixture when making french toast. You can add it to stews and chilis. And, of course, let’s not forget your coffee.

But I’m kinda grooving on this pumpkin smoothie right now. It’s kind of like pumpkin pie, in smoothie form. All the creaminess and warming spices of a pumpkin pie you love, but you can eat it through a straw. Why not?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

(serves one)

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy, choose your favourite)
  • 150 grams (1/2 package) soft tofu (I usually use Sunrise, they have flavoured ones, and the new Maple one works really well with the pumpkin)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (if needed–sweeten to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs

Method: 

Place all ingredients in your blender with ice and process until smooth. Garnish with some graham cracker crumbs and enjoy.

 

The Juice Cleanse: Day 3 (reflections on my relationship with food)

I am having some interesting reactions.

First off, I have noticed that sometimes after I drink a juice, I get really hot. Like, physically, my temperature goes up, not as in I get insanely sexy (although I’m hoping that’ll be the case when I’m done!). I asked my friend Amanda (who’s been a juicer from way back) about this, and she said it’s because of all rush of sugars and nutrients. Okay. Cool. As long as I’m not entering some early menopause thing. Phew.

This was dinner tuesday night.

This was dinner tuesday night.

Secondly, I’ve started thinking about my relationship to food, and why I eat. I love to eat. I love flavours and textures. I love trying new things, even if they are disgusting. I love making food and feeding people, because for me, it shows how much I love them. I love thursday nights when I have Sponge Bob and pizza nights with my son, tapas and wine with a girlfriend, or Sunday brunch with a group of friends. Food is so much a part of what makes me happy. If I’m having a bad day or I’m feeling bummed, a couple of hours fooling around in the kitchen makes me feel better.

Having said all of that, I am also aware that my eating habits are not always very healthy. I’m self-employed and I work hard. I often forget to eat, or if I do remember to feed myself, it’s a handful of almonds, or cheese and crackers consumed over my computer. I very seldom make myself a nice meal, although I often do it for my friends, or my son.

This week, not eating, doing juices only, I’ve missed the textures of food: the crispness of rice crackers contrasted with soft brie, the acidic fibre of pineapple, the crunch of cucumber. In other words, I think I’ve been taking eating for granted, and I’m starting to understand how much, now that I’m not doing it.

Thirdly, I think a straight-up, nothing but juice kind of cleanse is not for me. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to start to integrate food back into my diet–clean, whole, vegan, mostly raw foods, along with the juice. Like plain almonds, Holy Crap with non-dairy milk, salads dressed simply with olive oil and lemon, and simple soups.

And… because today is Hallowe’en (what was I thinking doing a cleanse on Hallowe’en! More about that tomorrow…), here’s a recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from my pals over at Vega. I haven’t tried putting Pumpkin in my juicer yet, but I really, really want to…

 

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