First pumpkin recipe of the season!! Last fall I waited until October before I bombarded you with pumpkin recipes. This year I am starting early because, why not? I know some of you may be trying to cling on to summer, but as a teacher once the school year starts I am in fall mode. How have you all been doing? I am staying busy like usual. I made it through my first week with students at my new job. I am working as special education teacher for students with emotional and behavioral needs in a middle school. This is my first time really working with this age group but I am loving it. It also helps that my new coworkers are incredibly friendly and helpful.
Liking my new job takes away a little bit of the sting of going back to work and sending my sweet little girl off to daycare, but only a little. I know you other mamas out there must know what I mean? I am getting better at dropping her off and I know she is ok, but I hate being away from her. On the weekends I am getting absolutely nothing accomplished because all I want to do is snuggle and play with my girl. That’s what is important anyway! Brandon has been a big help and we aren’t letting the house go to hell, but I am learning to prioritize and live with the fact that everything isn’t going to be perfect.
In the midst of how crazy life feels right now I am still trying to get rid of the weight from having Rowan. I am about 11 weeks postpartum. Up until about the last week I was consistently losing weight without much effort which I would credit to breastfeeding. That seems to have slowed down and I am going to have to put a little more work into diet and exercise to get rid of the last bit of weight. One way I have been doing that is making sure I am eating lots of lean proteins, fruits, and veggies. As I have shared before, protein shakes are like a food group to me. I pretty much have one every day for breakfast.
Usually I would load up a protein shake with spinach, kale, or some other healthy greens. When I was working on this recipe for a pumpkin protein shake I didn’t want it to become an ugly color by adding greens, but still wanted a boost of veggies. Cauliflower might sound weird but it is the perfect way to add veggies, make the shake extra creamy, and when it is steamed it doesn’t add a strong flavor. This shake also has banana for sweetness, ground cinnamon, and vanilla whey protein.
Cheers to pumpkin season! Enjoy this extra creamy, healthy pumpkin shake! What other kinds of pumpkin recipes do you want to see this season?
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew or almond milk
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 scoop vanilla protein (I use BiPro whey protein)
- 3 large florets of steamed and cooled cauliflower
- ⅓ cup canned pumpkin
- ½ banana
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Steam and cool cauliflower.
- Add milk, ice, protein, cauliflower, pumpkin, banana, and cinnamon to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- Optional: Top wit granola and pepitas.