It has been some time since I consistently posted a shake of the week recipe and I’ve been getting some emails from readings asking for new and exciting shakes to keep them looking good while enjoying some deliciousness. I can do that.
In case anyone hasn’t reading hasn’t tried any of my shakes, do so. They are really quite tasty and have a very dessert like taste without sabotaging your physique goals. I always try to make them as healthy as possible without tasting healthy AT ALL. I feel that I generally succeed at this.
Today’s shake is one that I have been enjoying as a pre-training shake a few times a week for the past couple weeks. My particular diet set up has me consuming no carbs during the day until my training window. This shake is perfectly suitable to be consumed any time of the day if you have no such restrictions. Given that it is the season for it, this is a pumpkin pie shake.
- 4-6 ice cubes
- 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder or unflavored
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (this is only 10 grams of carbs!)
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 2 tablespoons Psyllium Husk
- 1 whole egg (optional)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or 1 cup and 1 cup water
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Stevia to your sweetness preference
- (very optional) 1 cup fat free greek yogurt
Whirl all that up in the blender for a few minutes to let it become very mixed and thick. In terms of the spices, I am a fiend for cinnamon so I really put a lot in. You could just stick to regular pumpkin pie spice and nothing else or make your own with the traditional blend on cinnamon, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. That’s up to you. I love spices in general and the spices in pumpkin pie happen to be my favorite so I tend to go a little crazy with them. The yogurt can add a creamy texture but it also adds a little yogurty flavor that, while not bad, I don’t always care for.
Give this a try and hopefully you can enjoy pumpkin pie as often as you like!