I love smoothies, I drink at least one every day for breakfast and usually end up having one for lunch too! They’re super quick, easy, delicious and a great way to pack a whole lot of nutrients into one meal or snack!
It is fall and while everyone is running to Starbucks to get their pumpkin spice lattes, I’ve been looking for some alternative and healthier ways to incorporate my favorite fall flavor into my day to day! Don’t get me wrong, I definitely already got my seasonal PSL from Starbucks. But $4+ for a cup of coffee is a bit much for me so I will probably only have one or 2 this season, gone are the days when my unlimited meal plan paid for my Starbucks addiction! The Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is definitely becoming one of my favorite smoothies and will definitely be making an appearance on a fairly regular basis in my kitchen this fall!
Pumpkins are full of antioxidants, vitamin A, and fiber and they definitely help keep you fuller longer so having this smoothie in the morning serves as a great, low calorie breakfast!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie:
1 cup of pumpkin puree you can make your own or pick up a can like I did (don’t get pumpkin pie filling! it will be so sweet!)
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk, whichever you prefer, I used vanilla almond milk.
2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (completely optional!)
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2-1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons brown sugar or maple syrup
Toss everything but the milk and spices in your blender then add half the milk and half of the spices.
Blend and add the rest of the milk until you reach your desired thickness, taste it and see if you want to add more spices, I tasted and added until it had enough spice to pumpkin ratio for me!
When serving I filled half my glass up then added a thin layer of crushed graham crackers before filling the rest of the glass! It was like drinking a liquid pumpkin pie which is my favorite of all the fall desserts so I loved it! You could also add a small dollop of whip cream on top-or maybe vanilla yogurt for a healthier alternative-if you wanted to!
Do you like smoothies? What do you think about the pumpkin spice smoothie?
I hope everyone’s having a wonderful week! I’m up in Boston again because a friend is visiting from London, so I’ve been crazy busy the last few days playing tour guide which has been so fun! Even though I’m from the Boston area and lived here most of my life I don’t get to explore it all that often or see it through new peoples eyes, it’s a really fun way to get to know my home a little bit differently! Have you ever experienced being a tourist in your own home?
I’m heading to the apple orchard in town for apple picking so stay tuned for some apple recipes in the next few days! Because fall is in full swing up here, complete with foliage and cooler weather, I wanted to share some fall inspiration for this weeks weekly words!
What are some of your fall quotes for inspiration?
Hey there from beautiful Orlando! It’s tough to write about fall when it’s 80 degrees out and I’ve been sitting at the pool all day but last night was the runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler, and it was an absolute blast so I figured since it was very Halloween-y I’d share it with y’all as part of my 31 days series!
My 2 favorite times to come to Disney are Fall and around Christmas time because they decorate the parks for Halloween and then the Holidays and there are so many fun things to do! Some of my favorites are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Wine and Dine Festival and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! After working here last summer I have tried to make it back every few months, my roommate from when I live here usually comes down with me and we do weekend trips, it’s always a really fun and relaxing weekend getaway! The last couple of trips I’ve done I’ve tried to plan around the runDisney races, especially since I am a runner and (it seems like) constantly training for one race or another, it makes sense to incorporate a few fun races into my training schedule! Last night I got to finish Tower of Terror 10 Miler, I was supposed to run it last year but I got sick and wasn’t able to participate unfortunately, so I was super excited for last night. I have to say it was one of the best races I’ve run!
The Disney Expos are the best, we started yesterday picking up my packet and wandering the expo, the highlight: getting to see all the medals for the Dopey Challenge in January, it was very cool and made the fact that I’ll be running 48.6 miles over 4 days, very, very real! The course was great, I’ve never done a night run so it was cool, they designed a “haunted course” there were villains along the way for pictures and they decorated the highways. One overpass had a massive spider hanging over the edge, another had Hades up on top and he was talking to everyone running underneath him, a few of the little ponds along the course had giant floating, glowing eyeballs in it. It was very cool, beyond what Disney had set up some of the costumes that the runners were wearing were absolutely amazing!
I ran in an Ariel themed costume and one of my friends from DC ran as Ursula so it was perfect! It was my first time really dressing up for a race so I decided to go simple and just wear the right colors for Ariel and a tutu. I got my tutu from the very talented Lesley of Greater Fitness, she makes amazing tutus and $3 from every tutu goes to Buzzed Besties, which is a charity fund for her cousin who is an Ovarian Cancer survivor. Buzzed Besties accepts donations that go toward paying her hospital bills! I really love that she’s using her business to help support her cousin! The tutu was super comfy and looked great, I was worried that I was going to want to take it off after a mile or 2 but it was actually perfect for the whole race!
We stopped by the Villains after party just long enough to ride Rockin Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror then headed home because we were both exhausted, it was a great night! I can’t wait for next years race, I may have to enlist my dad to run with me!
It was a beautiful weekend for running and it seems like everyone was posting on Facebook about one run or another, did you run or race this weekend? What are your favorite races to participate in?
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Bree, compulsive traveler, lover of all things turquoise and anything navy and white. The ocean makes my heart happy, and while I'm trying to figure out what's next I'm sharing a little bit of my journey here!