Recipe: Pumpkin Cookie Smoothie

Looking for a dessert that’s sweet but also healthy? Try this smoothie!

September 21, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Do you love the taste of pumpkins, cookies, or both? Try this healthy, easy-to-make smoothie!

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Pumpkin Cookie Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 can pumpkin puree 15.5 ozs
  • 1 cup organic soy vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of skim milk or dairy-alternative
  • 1 banana frozen
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsps honey

Instructions

  1. In a blender add pumpkin, yogurt, milk, banana, cinnamon, oats, and honey, and blend.
  2. Pour over ice, and enjoy! Makes two servings.

Recipe Notes

Tools and Equipment:
  • Measuring Cup
  • Spoons Blender

Why Eat This?

Lots of reasons!

The first is beta carotene—the red, orange, or yellow compound found in colorful vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and pumpkins. When eaten, beta carotene turns into vitamin A, which helps boost your immune system, improve your eyesight, enable your cells to grow and work together, and ensure healthy function of your heart, lungs, kidneys, and more. One serving of this smoothie provides more than 100% of the daily nutritional requirement of vitamin A for a 2,000 calorie per day diet.*

Antioxidants, found in vegetables like pumpkin and herbs such as cinnamon, may help prevent cancer.

Yogurt contains calcium, vitamin D, protein, and probiotics (sometimes called “good” bacteria). Calcium is necessary for muscle function, nerve signals, and healthy bone growth. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Together, calcium and vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis. Protein causes muscles to grow and stay strong, and helps your body store energy so that you have it when you need it. Eating probiotics can help prevent urinary problems.

Nutrition Facts

Check out the nutrition facts for this recipe below!**

Nutrition Facts

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Lisa Suriano
About Lisa Suriano
Lisa Suriano is a certified nutritionist who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science and specializes in school food service as the Director of Operations for J.C. Food, a premier school food service consulting company for independent schools. Lisa founded the evidence-based, culinary-nutrition education program Veggiecation®, which introduces thousands of children and families to the delicious world of vegetables. She is thrilled to partner with Healthfirst to help introduce practical and palate-pleasing ideas for incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into the lives of the community!
 
 

*Your daily requirement may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.
**Nutrition facts are estimated and based on the brand that is purchased at the supermarket. To ensure accuracy of total nutrient intake, it is recommended that you read the food labels on each product.

 

 

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Sources
“Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention,” National Cancer Institute. January 16, 2014.
http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/antioxidants-fact-sheet

“Calcium: Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet,” National Institutes of Health. June 1, 2016.
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/

Healthfirst Nutrition Team

“Probiotics: In Depth,” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. July 2015.
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics/introduction.htm

“SuperTracker,” United States Department of Agriculture. Accessed August 16, 2016.
https://www.supertracker.usda.gov

“Vitamin A,” National Institutes of Health. February 11, 2016.
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/

“Vitamin D,” National Institutes of Health. February 11, 2016.
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

“What are Proteins and what do they do?” Genetics Home Reference. August 16, 2016.
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/howgeneswork/protein

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