It’s getting chilly out there and it’s harder to think about what to eat for breakfast. Warm and comforting suits the weather. I’ve started making this Pumpkin Chai Green Smoothie and it fits the bill!
What you’ll need:
- One box or can of pumpkin puree (I’ll only use half if I’m making it for just myself)
- One banana (I’ve used pear too and that was delicious!)
- A sprinkle of chia seeds
- A dash of vanilla
- A couple of dates (I prefer the Medjool)
- Almond/Soy/Hemp milk
- A heaping handful of greens (Romaine/Kale/Spinach)
- A heaping teaspoon of Chai Spice Blend
- A nub of Ginger
I just throw everything in my Vitamix (any food processor or blender should work unless you are adding ice.) and blend until smooth. This isn’t really an exact science. I just play around with the flavors until it tastes and pours the way I’d like it to. You can add ice if you’d like it cold but right now I’m just drinking it as is. I seem to have a chill in my bones I can’t quite shake and I don’t need any more cold!
Chai Spice Blend
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 1/2 tbsp ground cardamom
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp pepper
I got the Chai Spice Blend from this blog: healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com.
She adds ground ginger but I like my stuff to be SPICY so I like it fresh. This will be enough spice blend for quite a few smoothies. I’ve made at least 5 smoothies with it so far and I have plenty of the mix left. It’s nice to just have around.
I finish off my breakfast with a couple of Ryvita or Wasa crackers slathered in avocado and tomato with a salt free spice blend. I get plenty full and it sustains me until it’s time to eat dinner.
Let me know if you try it!