Servings: 1 Prep: 5 mins Cook: 0 mins Total: 5 mins
I’ve been hiking quite a bit, lately. Not just leisurely strolls up the street, but serious hikes to the tops of mountains or to alpine lakes. I took an 11 mile hike with my brother the other day and found myself griping a lot (because, let’s face it … a steep hike riddled with rocks is hard!). Suddenly, I remembered a hike I did with my mother and my grandparents, about 20 years ago. I was visiting my home town and this was one of our family activities.
My grandmother would’ve been in her mid-60’s at the time. I was roughly 20 and in the best shape of my life. My grandmother just wrecked me, that day. She skedaddled up that hill, like nobody’s business! I’m about 5′ 9″ and she’s about half that, with tiny powerful legs. I’d barely ventured up the trailhead and could hardly catch my breath. She was already halfway up the mountain!
The little engine that could!
A little over a year ago, my grandmother had a stroke … pretty much wiping out one side of her body. She was bedridden for a while, but she’s as determined a person as I’ve ever met (try telling her that grains are bad and you’ll IMMEDIATELY see the determination in her eyes!). Her yen for life had her on her feet and gaining strength in no time! … Walking up stairs and working to rebuild connections to her right arm.
It just so happens that we all live in the same city right now, and we had a family taco night the other night. Grandma was there, and because my family is so awesome, my father even made me a batch of about 8 cheesy taco shells! (Thanks, Dad!) I’d just returned from that hike with my brother and ate them all with glee. After dinner, feeling incredibly drained, I stood up … and dropped my hat. My grandmother saw this and proclaimed, “Don’t worry, DJ. I’ll get it. I’ll even do it with my right hand!” She then proceeded to shuffle over to me, gently leaning against me as she did so. She then bent down, collected my hat and reached way up over my head to put it on me. I looked like one of those guys you see at the mall, with his hat turned slightly sideways. Soooo cool!
What does any of this have to do with a Pumpkin Smoothie? I’m glad you asked!
See, when I’m cooking, a call or email goes out to friends and family who love attending for all the tasty yummy food! My grandmother is a regular visitor. On this occasion, she offered to help! Here you can see my grandmother building us a tasty delicious Pumpkin Protein Smoothie!
“Look, DJ, BOTH HANDS!” … The little engine that could!
Grandma … you have no idea what an inspiration you are to me!
Pumpkin Pie Protein SmoothiePrint Rate
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 cup mashed pumpkin
- 1 scoop sugar-free vanilla whey protein
- 2 tbsp 'Swerve' or other sugar replacement
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg freshly ground
- 1 dash cloves freshly ground
- 1 dash dried powdered ginger
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dollop whipped cream
- In a blender, combine almond milk, coconut milk, pumpkin, sweetener, protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and a dash of salt. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream and enjoy!
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15 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie”
Are the totals correct, if so I am confused. The calories do not add up, and the carbs are wrong too.
Hi Mary. I believe them to be correct. Where does your confusion lie?
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What a wonderful blessing it is for you to be able to enjoy such special times with your grandmother. You are very lucky! 🙂 I wish I had more time with my grandmothers…
I have a big can of pumpkin sitting on the counter. Tomorrow I am going to make pumpkin pancakes,then maybe your grandmother’s smoothie’s on Tuesday.I also want to try Maria’s pumpkin donuts. Is that too much pumpkin in one week?
Oh, I think Mary may not be subtracting the sugar alcohols from the final carb count.
Hi Argia! I concur! I love spending time with her, too! I think we’re going to get together and watch "The Great Escape" here in the next few days. 🙂 Yep, regarding Mary’s question … my guess is the sugar alcohols were confusing and WOULD influence the total calories. On a very technical level, the math is wonky based on how nutrition facts should work, but … because sugar alcohols (at least the ones I use) don’t really impact the body or blood sugars … they don’t count and get omitted from the totals … Thanks for the input and the kind words!
The carb count is correct with most of them coming from the Swerve which is 5 grams a tsp you could switch it to a different sweetner like the EZ Sweetz
Hi Unknown, the goal is to limit impact on blood sugars. Both Swerve and EZ Sweets have zero impact on blood sugars. As far as I’m concerned, they are roughly equal in terms of net carb count.
What a perfect time to re-post this on FB! I had 1/4 c pumpkin and 1/2 coconut milk left over that I wanted to use before it went bad! I am glad you are so good at reading minds today 🙂 Thanks DJ
Thanks, Kari! Some day, I’m sharper than others, what can I say?! 😉
Thanks for the kind words, Jana! Let me know how the smoothie turns out. I think you’ll enjoy it! 🙂
Just a quick question,wouldn’t you subtract fiber from total count?
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Sorry I missed it, went back looked again, need to read more careful. Thanks !
—Reply posted by DJ on 3/30/2015
Yep! … and I do! Take a look at the far right column. This has both the fiber, as well as the sugar alcohol content subtracted from the total, resulting in the “net” carb value. I hope this helps! 🙂
This looks like Just what I am looking for . I am having hard time getting my LC protein shake in after my workouts in the morning,, so think I will have a Pumpkin Smoothie for desert tonight. I am so excited . Thanks for all you do for the LCHF community .
and Oh ! I received my new Book “Take out the Carbage ” and I am truly in LOVE 🙂
Thanks so much
—Reply posted by DJ on 10/28/2015
YAY!!! Fantastic! Thrilled to hear it! About this shake? Divine!! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
can this be use as an on the go breakfast?
—Reply posted by DJ on 7/19/2016
Sure! I don’t see why not! A tasty one, too! 😉
Thanks for the wonderful story and blessings to your Grandma! Thanks also for all the wonderful recipes. I love pumpkin and this is definitely one I am going to make!
looks yummy. I think the carb count is wrong. Its showing 30g carbs for the Swerve
Oh, my, YUM! It was an “I need something sweet and dessert-like for dinner” night, and this hit the spot. Can’t wait till my book gets here!
—Reply posted by DJ on 10/28/2015
PEEEERRRR-FECT! 🙂 Shouldn’t be much longer, now. I hope you LOVE it, when it arrives! 😀