Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

6 Oct

Last night, Ed and I ran to Target to tackle some birthday gifts and pick up something on my want list that I have been anticipating for awhile now.

It is now in my possession.

We popped up some homemade microwave popcorn and popped the blu-ray in for a date night in.  Ed had never saw this movie before and we both enjoyed the classic touches the movie had throughout.  I had to explain to Ed that the castle at Disney World was Cinderella’s castle and we would be running through her castle in January.  He had no idea.  🙂  I specifically enjoyed the orchestral music throughout the movie.  You don’t hear real, live instruments like this in movies anymore.  It was an enjoyable and nostalgic night.

This morning, Ed and I woke up and split up before 7:30AM.  Ed had a “Men’s Breakfast” (and yes, you should say this with a deep and manly voice at all times) at church this morning and I headed to the park for a different change of scenery.

A solid start to the morning.

Three miles of my run was spend on the trail head which made things a bit more challenging, but enjoyable.  Being in the trees away from the morning sun glare was helpful.

When I got home, I showered and made a fall inspired smoothie to cool myself from the sweat of the morning.  Even my hair was soaked when I took it out of the ponytail.

I was inspired by Julie’s Pumpkin Protein Smoothie and tweaked it with what I had in my kitchen.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

1/4 – 1/3 cup of pumpkin

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup milk

1 frozen banana

1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice plus some for sprinkling

5 ice cubes

Blend and serve.


The thickness was perfect and I opted for a spoon instead of a straw.  It tasted more like a pumpkin milkshake.  Yum!

Yes, I am one of many that includes pumpkin in my diet throughout the season and at points throughout the year too.  I love pumpkin flavors!  Thank goodness for all the health benefits!

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?  Are your pumpkin goodies sweet or savory?

I’m not the best baker around.  I do well, but there are few things that I do really well.  Pumpkin Iced Cookies are my specialty though.  They are requested throughout the season for both Thanksgiving and Christmas for events or bake sales and I enjoy making them.  The recipe came from All Recipes originally.  The cookies are light and cake like which always has people coming back for more.  (I’ve already made 2 batches for events this week.)  I am looking forward to sharing the recipe with you soon!

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8 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie”

  1. Carrie October 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    That smoothie sounds good! I’m trying to get myself to appreciate pumpkin this fall, so I’ve made protein-packed pumpkin bread and pumpkin crunch granola. Both were winners, so I’ll have to try your recipe. 🙂

    • Sand Between My Sneakers October 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      I have your pumpkin crunch granola in my email right now. I can’t wait to try that one!

  2. Valerie October 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    That smoothy sounds yummy! I only have a chocolate whey protein drink in my house, though because I don’t like vanilla alone. Might be worth it to make this, however! 🙂 I make a yummy pumpkin bread (or muffins) http://atlantamomofthree.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/pumpkin-muffins/ They are my one year old’s favorite treat at present (no nuts or raisins). 🙂

    • Sand Between My Sneakers October 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      I have been out of chocolate whey for too long now, but vanilla is good too for smoothies like these. I’m not a big fan of it alone either. I’ve also heard of cake batter protein powder. That just sounds dangerous!

      I commented on your pumpkin muffins post 😉

  3. Janet October 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I will have to try this smoothie (minus the protein powder). It sounds really good.

  4. ahappylass October 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    You have a great writing style. It’s very entertaining to read and I just find myself at the end of the post without realizing how I got there! It’s awesome!

    • Sand Between My Sneakers October 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Thank you! That is so sweet of you to say. Please keep letting me know what you like. I’m still learning and taking in the whole “blog world” thing. 🙂

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